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Doug Gates graduated from Duke University in 1964 and received his law degree from Columbia University Law School in 1968.  He was a founding member of the firm, retiring in 2010 to North Carolina with his wife, Caryn.

Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1968, Mr. Gates was part of the legal team that successfully defeated a claim of exclusionary zoning in the U.S. Supreme Court in Warth v. Seldin, 442 US 490 (1975).  In 1998 he successfully represented an industrial taxpayer in the New York State Court of Appeals in Matter of FMC v. Unmack, 92 N.Y.2d 179 (1998).  Until he retired Doug was a skilled litigator and counselor who earned a reputation as one of the top real property tax attorneys in the State.