Daniel F. Donovan specializes in congressional, state attorneys general and parallel government investigations. A former Chief Investigative Counsel in the Senate, Dan is a partner in our Government Advocacy and Congressional Investigations practices perennially recognized by Chambers USA: “King & Spalding is best known for its impressive congressional investigations practice, with several dedicated members working exclusively in this area.”
Dan has two decades of crisis management experience with government investigations, involving significant legal, public relations and political risks.
Dan represents leading companies, individuals, trade associations, and nonprofit entities and provides effective crisis management counsel. He works at the forefront of controversial and politicized national and state policy issues that frequently lead to investigations and litigation, including congressional, multi-state and federal agency enforcement actions.
Particularly experienced in anticipating and responding to congressional committee requests and subpoenas, Dan prepares clients for high-profile hearings and guides them through the unique challenges presented by congressional and parallel government investigations.
Before joining the firm, Dan served as Senior Investigative Counsel to Senator Charles Grassley, then Chairman of Committee on Finance. While serving in the U.S. Senate, Dan managed congressional investigations and oversight hearings. In this role, Dan directed investigations focused on statutory and regulatory compliance, including drug and device safety, drug pricing, and waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs.
He also handled policy and legislative matters, including the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Medicare and Medicaid programs, and related statutes. Dan also served as Chief Investigative Counsel to the Senate Committee on Small Business, where he managed consumer fraud and small business protection investigations and hearings. He began his congressional career as a Staff Assistant on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, chaired by Senator Fred Thompson, working on the special investigation into the 1996 federal election campaigns.
Dan also provides strategic policy and legislative counsel, and is a frequent speaker on congressional oversight and investigations.
- J.D., American University
- B.A., University of Rochester
- District of Columbia
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