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Richard E. Donovan

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New York
Phone: (212) 808-7756
Fax: (212) 808-7897

Richard Donovan is a partner in the firm's New York office. He focuses his practice on antitrust and competition issues (regulatory, litigation and criminal), internal investigations and commercial litigation.

Representative Experience

Obtained a defense verdict in four-month trial of price-fixing claims by a class of fishermen against a foreign importer of salmon.

Represented several applicants under the corporate and individual amnesty programs of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division involving potential criminal charges.

Defended corporations in a number of state and federal class actions alleging price-fixing.

Prosecuting a monopolization case in federal court in Minnesota and defending a tying claim in federal court in New Jersey.

Won a favorable AAA arbitration award for a leading telecommunications equipment maker in a dispute arising out of a joint venture in South America.

Litigated and successfully mediated on behalf of a Fortune 200 chemical manufacturer a challenge to the enforceability of a mineral contract valued in excess of $125 million.

Defended a major New York hospital against antitrust charges arising out of its alleged participation in a conspiracy to restrict the board certification of emergency medicine practitioners.

Negotiated a favorable resolution of price-fixing charges against a leading manufacturer of specialty papers, its foreign parent and certain executives in the first joint sovereign, international criminal antitrust investigation. In related civil class actions, obtained dismissal of the foreign parent on jurisdictional grounds, and defeated class certification in two state indirect purchaser cases.

Resolved trade secret litigation against a former supervisor of a Fortune 200 food products corporation and settled for a nominal amount a breach of contract claim by a consultant against the same company, following a motion for summary judgment.

Obtained the first known award in New York of attorneys' fees under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, after summary dismissal of antitrust claims against a hospital and seven administrators and physicians.

Obtained pre-discovery dismissals of antitrust, tort and employment charges in separate actions against two New York area hospitals brought by terminated physicians and/or practice groups; one of the dismissals was affirmed on appeal.

Obtained a series of restraining orders and injunctions against disruptive activity for a famous New York City church, including quashing a subpoena of a senior church leader.

Litigated and settled tort and restraint of trade claims against a Fortune 500 publisher and its subsidiary involving exclusive contracts with magazine publishers in the school fundraising industry.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Antitrust Section

Federal Bar Council

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Professional & Judicial Ethics Committee (1996-1999)

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Honors & Awards

Mr. Donovan was selected for inclusion in 2008-2013 as a leading practitioner in the Antitrust area by Chambers USA. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

In 2009, he was listed in the New York Antitrust area by US Legal 500, a Legalease Publication. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

He was selected for inclusion for 2012-2013 in the Irish Legal 100. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

He was selected for inclusion in the 2007 and 2009-2016 New York “Super Lawyers” lists, issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

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Pro Bono

Handled several pro bono matters through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and for the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, N.J.

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July 12, 2012

Antitrust Compliance For The 21st Century

ACC America, Greater New York Chapter and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP