Douglas M.  Ramler

Principal - Minneapolis


Support Staff
Terry L. Jacobsen, 612.632.3226

500 IDS Center
80 South 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Main: 612.632.3000
Fax: 612.632.4444

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Ramler, Doug

Doug is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty. He represents start-up and emerging companies in organizational, finance, governance, SEC compliance, and contractual matters. He is a cochair of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services and Technology teams.

Doug’s clients operate in a variety of industries including software, e-commerce, and health care. He has served as a director or officer of numerous early-stage ventures. Doug routinely works closely with management on corporate financing and strategic issues and often assists growing companies identify financing sources and management team members.


  • Business Formation: Advises entrepreneurs about forming and capitalizing start-up companies; counsels businesses about structuring, funding, and operating new business organizations
  • Venture Finance: Counsels founders, businesses, investors, and others in connection with financing growing companies, including angel, venture capital, and other private debt and equity placements, as well as public offerings
  • Business Governance and Operation: Serves as outside general counsel to businesses; provides advice to management and boards
  • Contracts: Negotiates and prepares various contracts including licensing, distribution, customer, and employment agreements
  • Securities Law: Assists with regulatory compliance and filings at the federal and state levels for publicly and privately held companies; represents businesses and individuals in various securities law matters including public disclosures


  • Start Me Up! Workshop, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota,  October 2012


  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1991
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. in finance/business economics, magna cum laude, 1988

Professional Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Corporate Law section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Securities Law Committee
  • State Bar of California, Business Law section

Community Involvement

  • Minnesota Angel Network, advisory board member
  • Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, advisor
  • Irish Angels, a network that assists the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame, sits on the Board of Directors
  • Youth football coach, Plymouth/Wayzata, MN