Kathy Donovan is a senior counsel in the law firm's Public Policy & Political Law practices and is located in the Sacramento office. She focuses on law regulating campaign contributions, lobbying and government ethics. Ms. Donovan initially joined the firm in 1991. She returned to the firm in 2012, after serving as Chief Counsel to the California State Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee from 2007 through 2011, where she advised Assembly Members and legislative staff about compliance with state ethics laws.
Ms. Donovan has worked extensively with corporations, trade associations, political action committees, elected officials and public agencies on all aspects of compliance with political laws. She also has served as an expert witness in litigation involving California's conflict of interest and campaign disclosure laws.
Prior to 1991, Ms. Donovan served as General Counsel to the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the state agency charged with interpretation and administration of laws regulating state and local election campaigns, state lobbying, and ethics for state and local public officials in California. She also is a member and past president of the California Political Attorneys Association.