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Lecturer in Law
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017Email: CDonovan@sheppardmullin.com
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Charles S. Donovan is a San Francisco-based partner in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and a lecturer in law at USC Law, teaching Admiralty Law.
His practice focuses on international and domestic finance, leasing and related arbitration and litigation, with particular emphasis on ocean shipping and transportation matters. He has extensive experience in negotiation of international agreements. He has lectured and written on topics relating to international law, admiralty, air and land transport, satellites, and cross-border leasing.
Mr. Donovan is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers, and Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers. The Best of the Best USA chose him as one of the top 25 "Shipping and Maritime" attorneys in the United States. He is admitted in California, Louisiana and Massachusetts. Mr. Donovan graduated from Cornell Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College.
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Orin Kerr had comments cited about a possible payment President Donald Trump's lawyer made to an adult-film star to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Trump. “All Cohen says is that he used his personal funds to ‘facilitate a payment of $130,000,'” Kerr writes. “To ‘facilitate’, the dictionary tells us, means to assist with or to make something easier. Given that, I would think that the most literal reading of Cohen’s statement is just that he used his own funds to arrange the payment.” MSNBC also cited the comments.
"The Costs of Free: Commoditization, Bundling and Concentration," Journal of Institutional Economics.
Edward Kleinbard wrote an op-ed, “Tax Bill Demonstrates our Nation's Upside Down Fiscal Priorities," posted to The Hill on December 21, 2017.
Jonathan Barnett participated in a panel discussion on “Supreme Court Patent Cases: Oil States and SAS Industries”, Patent Disputes Forum South, Beverly Hills, CA.