The following are a few examples of the many circumstances in which The Donovan Offices has assisted high-profile clients:
The Firm represents The Dreiser Trust that owns and markets the literary legacy of American Novelist Theodore Dreiser.
The Firm has been engaged by an Academy Award Nominee to coordinate a series of complex litigations involving a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, extensive Family Law matters and Judgment Creditor litigation.
The Firm served as lead trial and appellate counsel to the 5 Defendant (Husband) in Lappe v. Lappe (223 Cal. App. 4th 774, 181 Cal. Rptr. 3d 510 (2014) a landmark family law case involving an adjudication of mediation confidentiality in the context of wife’s claim that a mediated Martial Settlement Agreement should be set aside.
In Donovan v. Dan Murphy Foundation (204 Cal. App. 4th 1500, 140 Cal. Rptr. 3d 71 (2012) the Firm defeated the defendants’ Anti SLAPP Motion in a litigation involving the improper and retaliatory removal of a director of a non profit corporation.
The Firm regularly provides local counsel representation to national, regional, local and foreign based law firms. Among the firm’s recent local counsel engagements are (1) representation of a sport’s agent in a National Football League player dispute and (2) representation of a national news organization in a celebrity libel claim in which the Firm assisted in a successful anti SLAPP motion on behalf of the national news organization.
The Firm has recently handled a number of estate related matters including (1) a multi million dollar estate with unique art work that was liquidated through an auction conducted by an internationally recognized London based organization (2) a multi million dollar estate with an extensive portfolio of low basis commercial properties.
The Firm recently represented an accomplished journalist, media figure and author in connection with the licensing of the client’s proprietary materials for an internationally broadcast mini-series that garnered a Golden Globe Award. Happily, the Firm negotiated a final agreement that paid the client six times the Producer’s original offer and allowed the client to retain the right to use the materials in an upcoming literary work.
The Firm represented a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in connection with inter-related immigration matters, terms and conditions of United States personal appearance management, and terms and conditions for release and exploitation of a new album of original compositions.
The Firm recently represented an entertainment executive in a shareholder dispute arising in connection with the sale of a privately held business to a public company in which the client was a minority owner. In a mediation, the Firm negotiated a settlement in which the client received a cash settlement for approximately 20 times the amount initially offered by the company after the sale.
The Firm is currently representing an entertainment industry company in connection with the client’s claim to collateral posted in a workers’ compensation self insured captive plan where the insurer is in receivership.
In 2019 the Firm closed two (2) all cash purchase of asset transactions on behalf of a purchaser client in the business of marketing real estate data.
Successfully represented in a Defendant in criminal contempt hearing involving a mediated United States District Court litigation settlement of a domestic USA real estate investment by foreign nationals.
Served as special counsel to defendants who entered a guilty plea in criminal tax case in which the Firm coordinated presenting sentencing mitigation evidence to the United States Probation and Pre Trial Services. The Probation Report recommended no custodial time.
Served as special counsel to a defendant who previously had entered into a Plea Agreement that, among other things required substantial restitution, in a federal bank fraud prosecution prior to sentencing. As special counsel to the Defendant, the Firm arranged for the Defendant to borrow the funds to make restitution prior to sentencing. Since restitution is tax deductible (a fine is not deductible), the defendant eliminated a substantial phantom income liability that arose in connection with the bank fraud. At sentencing, the Court commended the Defendant for making restitution and sentenced the Defendant to a short period of home confinement.
Represented the two lead witnesses for the United States of America in a United States District Court criminal prosecution of an entertainment industry figure for tax violations. The Firm assisted the United States Attorney in the organization of evidence and the client’s multi day testimony at trial.
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 forged 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.