Representative Engagements

The following are a few examples of the many circumstances in which The Donovan Offices has assisted high-profile clients:

  • Retained by a Dubai-based company to manage its multimillion-dollar claim against the United States government for its work on a Baghdad-based security facility. The firm acted as liaison to special government-contracted counsel in Washington, D.C. We investigated and organized extensive documentary evidence, and monitored the drafting of an application for equitable adjustment.
  • Retained by a fiduciary for litigation management services in federal litigation to recover funds involved in a $100 million offshore Ponzi scheme that laundered money through an Internet gaming website based in Latin America. The money laundering venture was owned and operated by a U.S. citizen who hid the funds in Swiss Banks under false identities.
  • Represented the co-producers of Peter Whelan's "School of Night" at Los Angeles Center Theatre Groups, Mark Taper Forum (2008-09). This endeavor involved literary and performance rights, director, case, scenic, sound and related arrangements for Los Angeles and New York productions. The firm also served as general counsel to numerous live theater projects, including "The Belle of Amherst" featuring Julie Harris, "My Fair Lady" featuring Rex Harrison, "Camelot" featuring Richard Burton and Richard Harris, and "Darrow" featuring Henry Fonda and George C. Scott.
  • Collaborated with the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office to develop forensic evidence as part of a prosecution of a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme involving a fraudulent entertainment production financing scam.
  • Represented a former corporate officer and minority shareholder of a family business with $120 million of annual sales in shareholders' derivative action and an unlawful detainer action in which the client leased a processing facility to the family corporation.
  • Retained by a national retailer to manage federal class-action litigation in which the client allegedly violated federal FCRA and FACTA statutes regarding credit card information in customer receipts.
  • Investigated commercial espionage of security breaches in a client's internal corporate communications and computer installation.
  • Performed litigation management in a federal trade dress lawsuit.
  • Represented an actor appearing in an AFTRA cable television project.
  • Negotiated on behalf of a celebrity client in a product licensing deal.
  • Completed the merger and acquisition of postproduction facilities and of two specialty film distributors.
  • Refinanced a corporate headquarters facility.
  • Performed search and selection of special counsel for a client's Consumer Product Safety Commission matter.
  • Analyzed and planned a client's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
  • Represented corporate clients in connection with negotiation and documentation of short-term and revolving bank credit facilities.
  • Negotiated the termination of an individual trusteeship involving multijurisdictional issues and the appointment of a successor institutional trustee, in the court of which our client, the beneficiary, received an amount in settlement of claims for prior trustee breaches, as well as a major distribution of principal.
  • Represented an owner in connection with the construction and leasing of 100,000 square foot corporate headquarters facility, including architectural, construction, environmental and financing (construction and long-term takeout loan) matters.
  • Represented investors who were defrauded by real estate development scams, a domestic oil and gas operation that was looted by its general partners, and in an industrial scrap salvage scam.
  • Negotiation of an extensive premarital agreement for an entertainment industry executive.
  • Represented a high net worth individual in a dissolution of marriage litigation with a prenuptial agreement.
  • Performed litigation management for a New York Stock Exchange technology company in connection with federal district court litigation by an FCC-regulated telephone provider for hacker-diverted services.
  • Coordinated litigation in Canada and conducted a related investigation involving embezzlement by operating officers of the client's Canadian affiliate.
  • Represented the individual purchaser of a 2,700-acre operating ranch.
  • Conducted a search for an independent fairness opinion adviser to a board of directors considering the sale of a privately held enterprise.
  • Represented an investor in the acquisition and recapitalization of a major California agricultural processing and produce brokerage business, including the acquisition and equipping of a state-of-the-art processing facility, as well as subsequent litigation.
  • Managed and supervised of litigation in New York involving claims by a workers' compensation carrier for additional premiums arising in connection with multiyear entertainment industry production payrolls.
  • Representation of secured and unsecured creditors in collection actions.
  • Renegotiated bank credit facility.
  • Represented management in a Section 363 transaction in which the client was the stalking horse.
  • Represented a major Southern California fresh and frozen food processor in negotiations for a sale to a foreign buyer with intricate equity debt and equity components.
  • Represented executives as witnesses in litigation commenced by a senior secured lender against a borrower.
  • Represented a defendant in a collection action involving forget documents of guarantee.
  • Engaged by the founder of a technology startup company in connection with the organization and execution of a proxy battle with cumulative voting aspects.
  • Retained by a film producer in connection with a Los Angeles County Superior Court civil lawsuit involving investor claims and related matters.
  • Engaged in connection with the sale of a major West Coast seafood processing and sales enterprise.