Caroline Donovan

Partner - Boston

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 2006



Representative Experience

Complex Business Disputes

  • Represented global medical diagnostics company in arbitration concerning contract exclusivity and regulatory compliance issues, examining nine witnesses, including three expert witnesses.
  • Defended French telecommunications company in commercial litigation in federal district court resulting in a favorable jury trial verdict. 
  • Defended Fortune 200 company in wrongful death litigation in state court. 
  • Represented university medical laboratory in breach of contract litigation in state court, resulting in ruling that continued royalty payments to laboratory.

Investigations and Related Matters

  • Serving as counsel to a DOJ- and SEC- appointed Monitor assessing a major financial institution’s compliance program.
  • Representing employees of pharmaceutical company in civil investigation.
  • Representing company witnesses in connection with criminal investigation and trial. 
  • Represented witnesses in connection with healthcare fraud trial.
  • Conducted an independent investigation reviewing allegations of sexual abuse at an independent school and the school’s leaders response to those allegations.

Pro Bono

  • With the ACLU of Massachusetts and CPCS, successfully advocated for thousands of defendants challenging their convictions based on evidence tainted by Annie Dookhan.
  • Represented state inmate in federal court civil rights matter challenging conditions of confinement.


  • Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program (2018-2019) 
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Civil Rights Pro Bono Award (2015)


  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Member


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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit