Senior Counsel

Douglas P. Needham


A senior litigator, Doug Needham protects worker rights and benefits through cases brought under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) and consumer protection statutes regarding pension calculations, 401(k) investments, ERISA vesting rules, insurance rates and executive compensation.

Working closely with actuaries, economists and statisticians, Doug’s cases involve complex annuity, investment and insurance products, as well as the effect of corporate mergers and spin-offs on employee benefits.

He was a partner at a boutique plaintiffs’ class action firm before joining Motley Rice, playing a lead role in developing novel cases brought under the ERISA statute and helping thousands of workers across the country recover money and benefits, including:   

  • Berry v. Wells Fargo ($79 million settlement.* Worked alongside Motley Rice as co-lead counsel. The settlement was the largest recovery for a “top hat case” in the history of ERISA) 
  • Cruz v. Raytheon ($59 million settlement* as class counsel) 
  • Snider v. Seventy-Seven Energy ($15 million settlement* as co-lead counsel)
  • Stegemann v. Gannett (co-class counsel)

Before focusing on his practice representing plaintiffs, Doug represented clients in business torts, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud cases as a partner at a large corporate law firm in Connecticut.  

A former All-Ivy lacrosse player during his time at Cornell, Doug is a youth lacrosse and basketball coach and a board member for a local lacrosse program and previously was the risk manager for a youth soccer program.

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.  


J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2007

B.S., Cornell University, 2004

Licensed In

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Central District of Illinois, District of Massachusetts, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Awards and Accolades

Connecticut Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list
2015–2018  Class Action & Mass Torts, Business Litigation

Selection criteria