Kathleen M. Donovan-Maher, a partner since 1999, focuses on the firm’s securities and whistleblower practice. Ms. Donovan-Maher manages the Boston office and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. During her career, Ms. Donovan-Maher has successfully prosecuted numerous class actions that have resulted in sizeable settlements and corporate governance changes at defendant companies.
Ms. Donovan-Maher is a frequent author on continuing legal education issues for such groups as ALI-ABA and PLI. While at Suffolk University Law School, Ms. Donovan-Maher served for two years on the Transnational Law Review.
- Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1991)
- Suffolk University (B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, 1988)
Led the day-to-day prosecution of the litigation against General Electric Company, which settled for $40 million in 2013
Oversaw and managed the prosecution of the class action against American Home Mortgage on behalf of the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System, which settled for $37.25 million, despite the difficulties American Home's bankruptcy posed to asset recovery.
Served as discovery captain in the NASDAQ Antitrust Litigation.
Participated on the trial team in the ICN/Viratek Sec. Litigation., which settled for $14.5 million when the jury deadlocked at the conclusion of a 1996 trial.
In the Enterasys Networks and SkillSoft cases, helped achieve significant financial recoveries for representing public retirement systems, the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association and the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, respectively.
Also on Enterasys, worked to achieve a settlement that included significant corporate governance improvements.
Member of the litigation team in several cases including In re Force Protection Inc. Securitites Litigation ($24 million settlement) and Wyatt v. El Paso Corp. ($285 million settlement).
- Awarded a rating of AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Selected for the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersTM
- Announced as one of New England's Top Rated Lawyers for 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation in 2013
- State Bar of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
- First Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
- Phi Delta Phi
- Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration
- Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society of Economics
- American Bar Association
- Boston Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS & APPEARANCES
- "Why Dark Money Is Bad Business," The New York Times, May 10, 2016
- “Damages in Securities Litigation: Plaintiffs’ Strategies for a Defensible Damages Study,” Law Seminars International Program (2008)
- “Challenges Facing Foreign Investors in U.S. Securities Class Actions,” ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2008)
- “The Interplay of the U.S. Financial Markets, Securities Fraud Class Actions and Auditor Liability,” ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2007)
- “Challenges to Plaintiffs Seeking Lead Plaintiff Status in Securities Fraud Class Actions,” ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2006)
- “The Effects of Bankruptcy on Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance,” ALI-ABA Course of Study (2002)
- “Recent Challenges To Class Certification In Securities Fraud Class Actions,” ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2005)
- “Implications of Pleading the Fifth Amendment in a Securities Fraud Class Action,” ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2004)
- “Challenges To Expert Testimony In The Aftermath of Daubert and Kumho,” Practising Law Institute (2000)
- “Primary Liability Under the Federal Securities Law, Even When You Do Not ‘Make’ a Statement – The Aftermath of Central Bank,” ALI-ABA Securities Litigation Program (2003)
- “The Battle Over Class Representative Testimony at the Trial of Securities Fraud Class Actions,” ALI-ABA Course of Study
- “Information and Belief Pleading Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,” ALI-ABA Course of Study (2001)