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Joe Donovan


Washington, DC

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300 South
Washington, DC 20004
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J.D., Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
B.A., Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
State Bar Licenses
District of Columbia
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of Illinois
U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., N.D. of Illinois

Joe Donovan


Joe Donovan is a member of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources at Clark Hill in the Washington DC office. Joe uses his 20+ years of experience in complex transactions, regulatory advocacy and litigation to counsel privately and publicly held companies, municipalities and nonprofit organizations.

Joe’s practice focuses on two main pillars.  The first pillar is as leading energy lawyer with substantial experience in the generation and transmission of electricity, transport of oil and natural gas and development of LNG facilities.  Joe advises renewable, nuclear, natural gas and other power generation developers, electric transmission owners, interstate oil and natural gas pipeline owners, LNG developers, land fill renewable gas project developers and project financing entities.  Recent successes include the negotiation of multiple agreements to effectuate the first natural gas power generation project in Afghanistan since before the Soviet occupation and negotiating an innovative series of agreements related to the optimization of aging and underutilized LNG facilities using an innovative public-private partnership model.

In addition to his energy experience, Joe has also developed a unique second pillar to his practice in which he supports companies with emerging technologies in the development of their international go-to-market strategies and capitalization efforts.  Joe has supported emerging companies in the clean hydrogen energy, finance/banking, water, waste management, plastic recycling, internet and data connectivity, aerospace design, and cellular app processing sectors.   

Joe also served as chair of the corporate retail compliance committee for a large integrated energy company and was lead regulatory and compliance counsel for several mergers and acquisitions involving generation facilities, demand response business and retail commodity suppliers while in-house.

Joe began his legal career as the adviser to the longest tenured member of the Illinois Commerce Commission, advising on legal and policy issues affecting the energy, telecommunications, water and railroad industries. Prior to law school, he worked as a television reporter covering political events.

Irish Legal 100, 12th Edition (2019)
Up and Coming Individual, Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide, 2003-2005
Retail Energy Suppliers Association (RESA), Committee on State Regulatory Compliance, Co-Chair, 2013-2014
International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, Board of Directors
Energy Bar Association
American Bar Association