David Donovan

David P. Donovan
McLean, VA
Partner
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
B.S. Journalism & Political Science, Iowa State University, 1980
 
David Donovan is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, a global firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, London, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Beijing.  He has practiced as a litigator out of the firm’s Washington, DC office for 25 years, with broad experience in a wide range of complex commercial and regulatory disputes and investigations, including in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, financial services, product liability, internal investigations, insurance, and corporate governance.  He has represented clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts all over the United States, as well as before the SEC, OCC, and other regulatory agencies. 
 
Donovan first joined the firm in 1985 and left In 2005 to serve for six years as general counsel of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise, where he represented the team and related businesses, their officers and directors in commercial and regulatory matters.  During his six years with the team, he also served for three years as its chief operating officer, as well as general counsel of the team’s affiliated radio broadcasting company and as president of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.  He returned to the firm in 2011. 
 
After receiving his B.S. with honors from Iowa State University in 1980, Donovan worked for one year as an editor for the St. Petersburg Times and the Sarasota Journal in Florida, after which he entered law school at Georgetown University, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown University Law Journal.  He graduated magna cum laude in 1984 and then served a one year clerkship with the Honorable Thomas A. Flannery on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, who also is an 1980 ISU graduate.  He has three children.