William Donovan, Jr. - Consumer Class Action Lawyer - McDermott Will & Emery


William (Bill) Donovan is co-head of the Firm’s class action practice. He focuses his practice on trial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on accounting, consumer class actions, professional liability and complex commercial cases. Bill is an accomplished litigator who has handled bet-the-company litigations and has first-chaired multiple trials and arbitrations. He represents Fortune 200 corporations, emerging companies, sharing economy clients, entrepreneurs and technology firms.

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  • First-chaired successful arbitration of contract dispute concerning half-billion dollar energy development project.
  • Lead counsel in obtaining dismissal of successor liability lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court where plaintiffs sought more than $262 million by alleging a de facto merger by McDermott client.
  • Defeated auto-renewal putative class action on motion to dismiss in the Southern District of New York, with the victory affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • First-chaired defeat of class certification motion filed against leading technology company, both in Alameda County Superior Court and then on appeal.

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  • Legal 500 US, 2022 to 2023
  • BTI Client Service All-Star MVP, 2017 to 2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2011 to present


  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors, member, 2012-2019
  • Jonathan Club, member


University of California – Los Angeles School of Law, 1991
Columbia University, BA, 1987

District of Columbia

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