Joseph Donovan

Joseph Donovan


Joe Donovan uses his nearly 20 years of experience in complex regulatory advocacy, litigation and transactional support counseling privately and publicly held companies, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in matters relating to regulatory litigation, enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, legislative and regulatory outreach strategies, and general corporate law. Joe has appeared before no fewer than 30 federal and state regulatory bodies, numerous civil courts and the American Arbitration Association regarding matters ranging from market manipulation and capacity bidding strategies to demand response procedures.

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Representative Matters

  • negotiated commercial agreements and obtained regulatory approval for numerous transactional projects, including acquisitions and divestitures valued in excess of $2 billion; these matters involved appearances before FERC, the U.S. Department of Justice, various state regulatory agencies and Canadian antitrust agencies
  • litigated and obtained an order rejecting all claims raised by a state attorney general alleging market manipulation in violation of Sections 206, 306 and 307 of the Federal Power Act
  • defended a client in litigation associated with the energy crisis of 2000-2001, obtaining an initial decision at FERC rejecting all claims of unlawful activity under Sections 206 and 309 of the Federal Power Act
  • advised the nation’s largest independent transmission-owning company on the acquisition of another entity’s transmission facilities, including related financing, regulatory representations, and federal and state regulatory approvals
  • developed and implemented an industry-leading regulatory compliance program supporting operations in 47 states and three Canadian provinces
  • coordinated with several transmission owners on system enhancements needed to support new-generation-coming-online and transmission agreements under Open Access Transmission Tariff standards, including new radial lines, transmission system enhancements, NITS and other agreements
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Bar Admissions
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • J.D., Washburn University School of Law
  • B.A., Washburn University

  • Board of Directors, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

In The Community

Joe is involved in several community and charitable activities, including reaching the summit of Mt. Baker in Washington as part of a fundraiser for the Fred Hutchison Breast Cancer Foundation. He is on the board of directors of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, a Washington-based nongovernmental organization whose mission is to prevent and resolve identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion and local religious leaders as part of the solution. The ICRD has also obtained a formal consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
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