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Michael D. Donovan

Michael D. Donovan

Practice areas:

Class Action, Securities & Investment Fraud

About Me

Donovan Axler LLC is a law firm dedicated to providing first class litigation services to institutional and individual investors, pension funds, hedge funds, consumers and small businesses. The firm's nationwide practice focuses on securities litigation, corporate governance matters, class actions, shareholder rights, consumer litigation and cases against financial service providers, including banks, mortgage servicers, consumer debt collectors, consumer reporting agencies (credit bureaus).


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Class Action: 90%
    27 years, 100 cases
  2. Securities & Investment Fraud: 10%



Hourly ($600-700/hour), Contingent (20-40%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (15%)

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Joel R. Rhine

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    Joel Rhine Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Donovan Axler, LLC

1055 Westlakes Drive
Suite 155
Berwyn, PA, 19312



DCActive 198605/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 198503/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Vern Countryman Award for Excellence in Consumer LawThe National Consumer Law Center2009
2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year FinalistPublic Justice Foundation2007
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2007
Top 100 Super Lawyer 2007Philadelphia Magazine2007
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2006
Top 100 Verdict Winner in 2006National Law Journal2006
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2005
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2004
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial AttorneyU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission1984 - 1987


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee, Consumer Law SubcommitteeChair2000 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesFormer Chair1996 - Present
National Association of Securities and Consumer Law AttorneysMember1996 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationSubcommittee Chair1985 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Public JusticeMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re John ShultzetenbergAccountant Censure
Braun & Hummel v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.$185 million judgment
Samuel-Bassett v. Kia Motors Corp$5.4 million verdict plus fees

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Publication NameTitleDate
Class Action & Derivative Suits (ABA)Rigorous Analysis of Class Action Burden of Proof2007
Loyola ConsumerPreserving Judicial Recourse for Consumers: How to Combat Overreaching Arbitration Clauses1998
Vermont LawZoning Variance Administration in Vermont1984


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vermont Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Syracuse UniversityN/AA.B1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Consumer Financial Services Litigation InstituteCredit Card Class Actions2008
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceConsumer Class Actions2007
National Institute on Class ActionsConsumer and Employment Class ActionsN/A