Molly Donovan is an associate in Winston & Strawn’s New York office. She litigates complex commercial disputes, including antitrust, sports, class action and other matters at both the trial and appellate court levels.
In antitrust matters, representative cases include the defense of alleged cartel activities in multidistrict class actions under various federal and state antitrust laws. Ms. Donovan has also defended companies against criminal and administrative proceedings brought by the United States Department of Justice and international competition authorities relating to alleged cartel activities.
With respect to sports litigation, Ms. Donovan has litigated cases involving antitrust law, labor law, licensing, agent regulation, and active and retired player rights. She has represented NBA players, the NBA Players Association, NFL players, the NFL Players Association, and professional sports agents.
Brady v. NFL. Ms. Donovan represented Tom Brady and other NFL players in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and NFL teams.
Ms. Donovan is currently involved in several confidential matters on behalf of multinational companies subject to DOJ and foreign criminal investigations for alleged cartel activities.
Panasonic class action defense. Ms. Donovan represents Panasonic Corp. and Panasonic Corp. of North America in their defense of various class actions.
NBPA/ NBA Player Litigations. Ms. Donovan represented the NBPA in a declaratory judgment action filed by the NBA and represented individual NBA players in antitrust litigation filed against the League.
Winston & Strawn's Sports Law group has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports - Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Sport Law for 2012-2013.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Donovan received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 2001 and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2005 (Order of the Coif).
Speeches and Publications
- “Cartel Leniency Programs from the Perspective of a US Practitioner – Similarities, Differences and Some Problems When Seeking Leniency in Multiple Jurisdictions” by A. Paul Victor & Molly Donovan published in Antitrust Between EU Law and National Law 2012.
- “Sentencing in Criminal Antitrust Cases: The Judiciary Has The Last Word After All,” American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, March 2013.