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.
Before joining Stradley Ronon Joe was assistant general counsel at Exelon Corporation, one of the largest integrated energy companies in the United States, where he directed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state regulatory advocacy in the New England, New York and Southeast regions. He also created and implemented litigation and outreach strategies related to FERC Office of Enforcement investigations and was responsible for overseeing a team of internal and external counsel, compliance managers and commercial personnel responsible for implementing risk mitigation strategies. Joe served as chair of the corporate retail compliance committee and was lead regulatory and compliance counsel for several mergers and acquisitions involving generation facilities, demand response business and retail commodity suppliers.
Prior to moving in-house, Joe worked at other prominent law firms in Chicago, where he was named three consecutive years as the “up-and-coming individual” in Illinois Telecommunications and Regulatory Law categories in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He began his legal career as the adviser to the longest tenured member of the Illinois Commerce Commission, advising on legal and policy issues impacting energy, telecommunications, water and railroad industries. Prior to law school, he worked as a television reporter covering political events.