Doru Gavril, Esq.

Doru Gavril, Esq.

Partner, Securities Litigation and Investigations
Freshfields

Doru Gavril provides innovative, thoughtful solutions to defendants across the full range of shareholder or securities disputes. Doru’s clients include some of the best-known tech and life sciences companies, and their officers and boards: Google, Pinterest, Snap, Mandiant, Royal Caribbean, and Zymergen.

Doru’s practice often involves high-stakes issues, including the most pressing topics of the moment: ESG disclosures, pandemic-related disclosures, workplace culture, and SPAC-related lawsuits. He has litigated many cutting-edge disputes in securities and corporate law. These include forum selection provisions in foundational corporate documents, tracing of securities, the applicability of materially adverse change clauses, disputed tender offers, and concurrent federal and state jurisdiction over Securities Act actions. He frequently litigates in multiple forums simultaneously, across federal and state courts and the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. 

Doru specializes in securities class actions, fiduciary duty lawsuits, books and records demands, founder disputes, and deal litigation. He also leads board, special committee, and internal investigations and has defended clients in connection with SEC investigations. He frequently advises on corporate governance matters before they mature into disputes. 

Our team is innovative, quick, and responsive to client concerns. We are sensitive to the fact that litigation happens in a broader context and we achieve results that reflect our appreciation of the bigger picture.  

Before joining Freshfields, Doru was a securities litigator at Wilson Sonsini. Prior to that, he served as a judicial extern for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He received a B.A. from Swarthmore (Political Science and Economics), an M.A. from Harvard (Political Science), and a J.D. from Stanford. Doru enjoys photography (vintage Leica lenses), history, and chasing after his fast-moving young son.