Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine
|Founder||William J. Donovan|
Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine was an American white-shoe law firm, located in New York. It was founded in 1929 by General William "Wild Bill" Donovan, who was often referenced as the Father of the CIA. The firm dissolved in 1998. Its notable antitrust cases include a series of lawsuits involving American Cyanamid in the 1960s and Kodak. The firm closed its doors after "[a]bout 40 of the firm's 60 lawyers were hired . . . by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a large California law firm that [was] expanding aggressively in Manhattan."
- William J. Donovan, the founder of the firm, who during World War II was the head of the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- J. Edward Lumbard, one of the founders of the firm in 1933, prosecutor in the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Lloyd Blankfein, former CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs.
- William Egan Colby, Director of Central Intelligence (1973–1976).
- Paul A. Crotty, a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Nelson Denis, author, film director, former member of the New York State Assembly
- Roderick M. Hills, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Theodore S. Hope Jr., professor and co-author of many corporate law theories.
- Edward F. Cox, Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee.
- Clarence Otis Jr., former CEO and Chairman of Darden Restaurants.
- Walton C. Ament, Vice President and General Manager at Pathé News, one of the leaders in driving the newsreel artform that became a staple of movie theaters from the 1910s to the 1970s. Newsreels were particularly important during the 1930s and 1940s, when they engaged viewers in a more intimate understanding of the conditions of the Great Depression and World War II.
- Whitman Knapp, who joined the firm after working as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan under Thomas E. Dewey.
- Petersen, Melody (20 April 1998). "Donovan, Leisure, Old-Line Law Firm, to Shut Its Doors". The New York Times.
- Egan, Jack (16 April 1978). "How Many Surprises Developed During the Kodak Case". The Washington Post.
- Melody Petersen, Donovan, Leisure, Old-Line Law Firm, to Shut Its Doors, New York Times, 20 April 1998
- Profile: Who is Lloyd Blankfein?
- Biography of William Egan Colby Archived April 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Paul A. Crotty". Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- Navarro, Mireya, (5/6/03), Smile, You're on Candidate Camera: With an Insider's Eye, a Film Skewers Harlem Politics, The New York Times, http://voteforme-themovie.com/articles/nytimes.pdf
- BUSINESS PEOPLE; A Former S.E.C. Chairman Gets Donovan, Leisure Post
- Wilkinson, John H. (1990). Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine ADR Practice Book. Wiley Law Publications. ISBN 0-471-50687-7.
- Stewart, James B. (1983). The Partners: Inside America's Most Powerful Law Firms. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-42023-2.
- Hoffman, Paul (1973). Lions in the Street: The Inside Story of the Great Wall Street Law Firms. New York: Saturday Review Press. ISBN 0-841-50235-8.
- The New York Times. Donovan, Leisure, Old-Line Law Firm, to Shut Its Doors
- Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Irvine
- Books issued by the firm
- Consent of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine
- The New York Times