516-227-0700

Matthew D.
Donovan

Commercial Litigation

Partner

New York City

T: 646-237-1803

About Matthew

Matthew D. Donovan is a business and commercial litigator who assists clients in the resolution of complex business disputes in a variety of contexts, including the ownership and management of closely held businesses, commercial real estate, and healthcare. Matt handles cases through all phases of litigation and arbitration, including corporate dissolution and shareholder appraisal proceedings. Matt is a member of the Business Divorce practice group and is the author of a number of articles on the subject. He also is a regular contributor to Farrell Fritz’s New York Commercial Division Practice blog, frequently writing on the topic of court rules and rule changes.

Matt also serves as counsel to federal equity receivers appointed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in consumer fraud actions, advising receivers on their powers, duties, and rights as such, as well as on any local or federal laws affecting their receivership. He works closely with forensic accountants, and other financial and business professionals to ensure that assets are preserved and the status quo is maintained.

After graduating from law school, Matt served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Gordon Shumaker, Terri Stoneburner, and Bruce D. Willis of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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Credentials

Education

  • Boston College (MA)
  • Marquette University (BA)
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law (JD)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
  • U.S.D.C., Northern District of New York
  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
  • U.S.D.C., District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Affiliations & Appointments

  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Committee on the Commercial Division, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Vice Chair, Business & Commercial Law Committee

Articles & Advisories

Business Divorce Cases of 2018

In recent years, most of the new and noteworthy case law developments in the business divorce field predictably have involved…

February 26, 2019

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Be Prepared to Upgrade to Commercial Division 2.0—at Least in Westchester County

The Commercial Division is world-renowned for its efficiency and innovativeness when it comes to proposing and adopting new and amended…

August 20, 2018

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Business Divorce Cases of 2017 Focus On Oppression, Valuation and LLC Issues

New York courts last year decided an impressive array of business divorce cases involving closely held corporations, partnerships, and limited…

February 16, 2018

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The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Makes Stop in Jamaica to Discuss Impact of New Commercial Division Impact of New Commercial Division Rules on Queens County Bar

The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association continued its workshop tour concerning the new…

December 18, 2015

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Court Address Key Issues In Business Divorce Cases of 2016

Last year New York courts decided a number of important cases involving business divorce and related litigation between co-owners of…

February 15, 2017

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LLCs Dominate Business Divorce Cases of 2015

It’s been over 20 years since legislatures in New York and across the nation gave birth to the limited liability…

February 01, 2016

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Complex Questions Addressed In Business Divorce Cases of 2014

Reprinted with permission from New York Law Journal, Volume 253-No. 35, February 24, 2015 issue.   In the annals of…

February 25, 2015

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The Westchester County Commercial Division, Common-Law Dissolution, and the Resolution of Family-Owned Business Disputes

June 13, 2014

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Business Divorce Cases of 2013 Include Important Appellate Rulings

February 10, 2014

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Business Divorce Cases of 2011

February 15, 2012

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Review of Business Divorce Cases in 2010

January 19, 2011

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Business Divorce Cases of 2009

February 03, 2010

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News

Understanding the Specifics of a Business Divorce

Breaking up is hard to do, so Uniondale-based law firm Farrell Fritz has set up a practice group to make…

June 30, 2016

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Farrell Fritz Counsels Disputing Partners with Business Divorce Practice Group

The attached advertorial, published in the May 27, 2016 issue of Long Island Business News, discusses the launch of Farrell Fritz’s…

June 02, 2016

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Press Releases

Farrell Fritz Promotes Matthew D. Donovan and Frank T. Santoro to Partner

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce the promotions of Matthew D. Donovan and Frank T. Santoro to partner effective January…

January 02, 2018

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 21, 2016

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Farrell Fritz Launches Business Divorce Practice Group

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s Business Divorce practice group. Led by Peter A. Mahler,…

June 06, 2016

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers and New York…

September 16, 2015

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys named to the 2014 New York Super Lawyers and New York…

September 23, 2014

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Farrell Fritz Promotes Four Attorneys

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce the promotions of Joseph T. La Ferlita to partner and Matthew D. Donovan, Heather…

January 02, 2014

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Farrell Fritz Launches Commercial Litigation Blog

Farrell Fritz, P.C. recently launched its third blog, New York Commercial Division Case Compendium (www.nycommdivcompendium.com). Weekly blog posts briefly summarize…

November 12, 2010

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Three Commercial Litigation Associates Join Farrell Fritz

August 20, 2008

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Recognition

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AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell

Peer Review Rating

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Super Lawyers

New York Metro Rising Stars (Business Litigation)

Community Work

Matt serves on the benefit committee of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center, the annual giving committee for the University of St. Thomas School of Law alumni advisory board, and is a member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New York.