Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine

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Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine
Date founded1929
FounderWilliam 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.[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] expanding 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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