Molly Donovan is an antitrust litigator, and former partner at an AmLaw 50 firm, with over fifteen years of experience representing clients in complex antitrust disputes. Molly has defended clients in worldwide investigations, served as the global defense coordinator in cartel cases involving multiple parallel investigations and private actions, and represented companies and individuals in criminal proceedings by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Molly’s global reach is extensive, as she has represented clients involved in enforcement proceedings and related litigations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States.
Molly has 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 has represented clients in grand jury proceedings and government proffers, and negotiated plea agreements, subpoena, and other cooperation obligations with the government. Molly has 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 defends 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 includes, 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 counsels 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 prides 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.