John A. Donovan, III

John A. Donovan, III: Attorney with Sloane and Walsh, LLP


Attorney John Donovan is a senior partner at Sloane and Walsh, LLP where a significant portion of his practice is devoted to complex corporate and tort litigation. He is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Donovan works with corporations and individuals to resolve complicated legal issues. He has tried numerous high exposure jury trials in state and federal court. His trials have included a wide spectrum of civil disputes with emphasis on professional liability, corporate litigation, general liability, employment practice liability, subrogation, construction defect, bad faith liability as well as insurance coverage litigation. He has extensive experience representing healthcare providers, institutions and practice groups.

Attorney Donovan also focuses on health information privacy issues and matters involving violations of HIPAA and/or data privacy laws. He regularly advises clients on privacy and data security compliance and the preparation/implementation of privacy and data security policies.

Mr. Donovan serves as counsel for several institutions and corporations, including, the National Football League. He also serves as national counsel for several insurance companies and advises insurers on issues relating to commercial and personal lines.

Attorney Donovan has argued appellate cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Mr. Donovan is a member of multiple state bar associations as well as a long time affiliate member of the Defense Research Institute and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. He has extensive teaching experience and has spoken at multiple industry specific events on relevant legal matters. He has been a frequent speaker and panelist on topics relating to healthcare, employment and insurance law.

Awards & Honors

•Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2018
•Boston Magazine Rising Star 2006, 2007

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Complex Civil & Business Litigation
  • Health Care, Data Breach & Privacy
  • General Liability Litigation
  • Insurance Practice, Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Property Insurance Law
  • Mass Tort & Class Action Defense
  • Institutional & Corporate Counseling
  • Subrogation Law
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Construction Defect Law & Construction Law
  • Environmental Law & Toxic Tort Law
  • Automobile & Trucking Law
  • Employment Law Defense
  • Product Liability Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 523-6010 ext. 305  Phone
617-227-0927; 617-523-2181  Fax
University Attended:
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, B.A., 1992
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., cum laude, 1995
Year of First Admission:
New Hampshire; 1995, Massachusetts; 1996, District of Columbia; 1997, Rhode Island; 1997, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit; U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire; U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island; U.S. District Court District of Connecticut; Connecticut

Professional Activities

•University Risk Management & Insurance Association
•Massachusetts Bar Association
•Rhode Island Bar Association
•New Hampshire Bar Association
•District of Columbia Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association
•Claims & Litigation Management

Birth Information:
Newton, Massachusetts, May 6, 1970
Reported Cases:
Representative Cases: Massachusetts Property Ins. Underwriting Association v. Berry, 80 Mass. App. Ct. 598 (2011); Tuli v. Brigham & Women's Hospital, 656 F.3d 33, 2st Cir. (2011); Porter v. AMICA Mutual Insurance Company, 789 F. Supp. 284 (2011); Public Service Mutual Ins. Co. v. Capitol Transamerica Corp, 756 F. Supp. 2d 920 (N.D. Illinois 2010); Wagenmaker v. AMICA Mutual Insurance Company, 601 F. Supp. 2d 411 (Rhode Island 2009); Fine v. Huygens, DiMella, Shaffer & Associates, 57 Mass. App. Ct. 397 (2003); Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. Rhode Island Pub. Trans. Auth, 233 F.3d 127 (1st Cir. 2001)

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