Mr. Donohue is the firm’s managing partner and serves as Chair of the Trial and Arbitration Group. He has substantial experience litigating securities, employment and commercial (both domestic and international) cases in federal and state court and before various arbitration tribunals (JAMS, AAA and FINRA). He has successfully defended numerous customer and employment claims against brokerage firms and other financial institutions. Mr. Donohue’s practice also includes advising broker-dealers and financial advisors in regulatory matters before FINRA and the SEC.
Mr. Donohue’s extensive experience defending firms and individuals in securities litigation matters has earned him an expertise in cases involving several types of securities products including equities, bonds, alternative investments, auction rate securities, TICs, ETFs, annuities, CDOs, CMOs, options, futures, commodities, warrants, as well as other complicated investment products and strategies. Mr. Donohue has litigated securities claims around the country for unsuitability, common law and securities fraud under federal and state law and breach of contract. His employment litigation experience includes defending companies in California and around the country against numerous types of employment claims both statutory (federal and state) and common law. He has developed a keen expertise for successfully handling the complicated and thorny employment issues that California employers face. His business and commercial litigation experience includes handling business partnership disputes, defending international companies including a Japanese ship owner in a federal suit alleging injuries occurring overseas and, more recently, defending one of the largest banks in the world in an arbitration involving an 8+ figure investment filed by a well-known bank in South America.