David Donovan

Deans Advisory Council Member


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 litigation partner in the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he has practiced for more than 25 years. He has 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. He graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Iowa State University in 1980, after which he worked for one year as an editor for the St. Petersburg Times and then the Sarasota Journal in Florida. He graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown University Law Journal. He joined WilmerHale in 1985 after clerking with the Honorable Thomas A. Flannery on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Donovan is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America and has been recognized annually for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of general commercial litigation by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. In 1992 he received the Pro Bono Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and in 2008 he received the ISU Department of Political Science Alumni Achievement Award. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, who also is an 1980 ISU graduate. He has three children.