Molly Donovan


Bona Law Mourns the Passing of Esteemed Lawyer Molly Donovan

Molly represented myriad clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, including leniency applicants in the first, second, and later positions to clients she successfully defended against criminal investigations and proceedings or as to whom she persuaded the government not to prosecute. She represented clients in grand jury proceedings and government proffers, and negotiated plea agreements, subpoena, and other cooperation obligations with the government. Molly worked with, or sat across from, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division while representing both U.S. and non-U.S. companies and individuals in numerous cartel investigations.

Molly also defended clients in private civil actions alleging price-fixing, no-poach agreements, bid-rigging, group boycotts, hub-and-spoke conspiracies, market allocation and other competition-related claims in multidistrict class actions, as well as in actions brought by individual purchasers and rivals. Her experience included, among others, the In re Automotive Parts muti-district litigation, two separate multidistrict litigations housed in the Northern District of California (In re Capacitors and In re Cathode Ray Tubes), and a group boycott matter that went to trial in state court. She also counseled clients on all manner of antitrust and competition law issues and builds custom compliance programs to avoid and mitigate risks of inadvertent violations and appearances of impropriety.

Both in litigation and counseling, Molly prided herself on thinking outside-the-box to achieve the "win"—whatever that means to each client in terms of cost, business goals, reputation, risk tolerance, appetite to fight, or need for a favorable resolution with as little disruption to business and human lives as possible.

Molly was recognized by Best Lawyers© for antitrust litigation.