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. The firm was ruined by a scandal due to a senior partner, Mahlon F. Perkins Jr., (son of the US diplomat Mahlon Fay Perkins), having concealed documents from an adversary in a major antitrust case.[2]

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Further reading[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ Petersen, Melody (20 April 1998). "Donovan, Leisure, Old-Line Law Firm, to Shut Its Doors". The New York Times.
  2. ^ David Margolick, The Long Road Back for a Disgraced Patrician, New York Times, 19 January 1990
  3. ^ Profile: Who is Lloyd Blankfein?
  4. ^ Biography of William Egan Colby Archived April 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Paul A. Crotty". Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  6. ^ 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,
  7. ^ BUSINESS PEOPLE; A Former S.E.C. Chairman Gets Donovan, Leisure Post

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