Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine

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Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine
Date founded1929
FounderWilliam J. Donovan

Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine was a white-shoe, New York-based law firm. 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.[1] Its notable antitrust cases include a series of lawsuits involving American Cyanamid in the 1960s and Kodak.[2] 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] exanding aggressively in Manhattan." [3]

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  1. ^ Petersen, Melody (20 April 1998). "Donovan, Leisure, Old-Line Law Firm, to Shut Its Doors". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Egan, Jack (16 April 1978). "How Many Surprises Developed During the Kodak Case". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Melody Petersen, Donovan, Leisure, Old-Line Law Firm, to Shut Its Doors, New York Times, 20 April 1998
  4. ^ Profile: Who is Lloyd Blankfein?
  5. ^ Biography of William Egan Colby Archived April 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Paul A. Crotty". Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  7. ^ 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,
  8. ^ BUSINESS PEOPLE; A Former S.E.C. Chairman Gets Donovan, Leisure Post

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