Joe Donovan is a Washington, D.C., attorney and a member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group.
Mr. Donovan uses his nearly 20 years of experience in complex regulatory advocacy, litigation and transactional support to counsel privately and publicly held companies, municipalities and nonprofit organizations. He is well-versed in matters relating to state and federal regulatory litigation, legislative and regulatory outreach strategies, enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate law.
In addition, Mr. Donovan has appeared before more than 30 federal and state regulatory bodies, numerous civil courts and the American Arbitration Association regarding matters ranging from pipeline and transmission certifications, rate cases, enforcement investigations, market manipulation and capacity bidding strategies.
His client list includes a large electric transformer manufacturer, integrated electric and natural gas companies, solar developers and manufacturers, generation developers and owners, oil and gas midstream pipelines, energy services companies and commodity traders.
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Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Donovan worked as assistant general counsel at Exelon Corp., one of the largest integrated energy companies in the U.S. While at Exelon, he directed 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.
Mr. Donovan also served as chair of Exelon's 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.
Mr. Donovan began his legal career as the adviser to the longest tenured member of the Illinois Commerce Commission, advising on legal and policy issues affecting the energy, telecommunications, water and railroad industries. Prior to law school, he worked as a television reporter covering political events.
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