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Patrick T. Donovan

Criminal defense Attorney at Quincy, MA

4.9   48 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Total Cases include cases I prosecuted and defended.

    19 years, 7,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Total Cases include cases I prosecuted and defended.

    19 years, 1,200 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Clerk Magistrate appeals and Judge's Appeals

    17 years, 250 cases

  4. Personal injury

    17 years, 20 cases

Patrick Donovan is a highly regarded criminal defense and personal injury attorney. A former prosecutor, Attorney Donovan has tried cases on both sides of the courtroom. Attorney Donovan has had both felony and misdemeanor criminal trials. Attorney Donovan is experience in every court proceeding including clerks hearings, arraignments, pleas, and trials. 

 A lifelong Boston resident Patrick Donovan attended Boston College High School. Patrick graduated from University of Rochester with a degree in political science. After working for a few years in the Massachusetts Statehouse as an aide to House Speaker, Patrick attended Suffolk University Law school. He graduated in 2005 in past the Massachusetts bar on his first attempt.

In 2005 Patrick worked as an assistant district attorney Norfolk County, prosecuting criminal matters in the Quincy District Court, Stoughton District Court, Dedham District Court and Norfolk Superior Court. As an assistant district attorney Patrick played a role in prosecutions ranging from simple misdemeanors to complex white-collar felonies.
After serving as an assistant district attorney, Patrick began his career as a criminal defense attorney. As a former prosecutor Patrick puts the knowledge he learned as a prosecutor to work first clients.


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Law Office of Patrick Donovan
234 Copeland Street
Suite 230
Quincy, MA, 02169

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Posted by Haley | March 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Mr. Donovan was a great defense lawyer. He was very easy to talk to and great at communicating what he needed from me. He made me feel comfortable throughout the whole experience and helped me win my case. Thank you.
Posted by Micky | January 23, 2020
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A Good Person
Atty Donovan went out his way to help my son when he had a series of speeding tickets. He responded quickly and with good advice. He gave my son the knowledge he need to deal with the case effectively. Yes, he can be a tiny bit abrupt but he is responsive, knowledgeable and will go the extra mile for you.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order
I was charged with violating restraining order that required I should not abuse my wife. My wife called the police and told them I was not letting her in the bedroom and that I pushed her and tried to have unwanted sex with her. Case was tried before a judge and the judge found the client NOT GUILTY.
Posted by Rob | September 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Successful Motor Vehicle Infraction Appeal
Good afternoon, I hired Patrick to represent me for a moving violation infraction in Barnstable MA. I was pulled over by Massachusetts State Police with lidar doing 79 mph in a 55 mph zone. Originally when I first spoke with Patrick prior to appealing my speeding ticket, he provided me with a lot of knowledge and advice on how to successfully appeal my ticket. He directed me on what the first step of the appeal was, as well as the entire appeal process. I had planned on going to the court with Patrick but when the day of the hearing came up, I was unable to make an appearance. Patrick had told me he would really like my presence at the hearing as it greatly increased my odds of winning, however that was not an option in my case. He told me he would try his absolute hardest to appeal the ticket in my favor. I spoke to him shortly after the hearing with the GREAT news! He was successfully able to appeal my ticket. Not only did Patrick save me from having to pay for the speeding ticket, but he also saved me years of insurance increases. I am completely satisfied with Patrick's knowledge, professional skill and customer service. In the future, if I was to ever need a lawyer again I would definitely call Patrick Donovan!
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Posted by Darlene | March 7, 2015
Case Dismissed!!!!
Attorney Donovan was awesome handling my daughters case. She is a college student and was caught drinking in a bar and used a fake ID! He kept me calm as well as my daughter. He was very professional and explained the process to us. He and my daughter went to court without me, I trusted him enough that I knew my daughter was in great hands! After the hearing I received a call from my relieved daughter that her case was dismissed! 10 minutes later I got a call from Attroney Donovan as well explaining the outcome! We are very grateful for his help in this situation and I have to say he was very affordable for the case he handled! I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2014
Case Dismissed!
Patrick was professional, courteous and knowledgeable. He got my criminal case dismissed in a timely manner and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Ryan | March 20, 2014
"Thank You Patrick T. Donovan"
Patrick Donovan is one of the best lawyers around period. I was arrested for Felony OUI in Cape Cod, scared and overwhelmed I contacted Patrick Donovan. Attorney Donovan made me feel comfortable from our first conversation. Attorney Donovan walked me through the process and possible outcomes which ranged from 15 month in jail and a Felony conviction. Patrick T. Donovan was able to settle my case without a Felony conviction and minimum Jail time. Throughout my case attorney Donovan kept me informed about my case and was always available to answer any questions I had. Attorney Donovan is one of the best lawyers around and was the best choice I made. Thank you Patrick T. Donovan R.G
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2013
The Best Possible Outcome
Attorney Donovan was terrific to work with. My teenage son got himself into a fair amount of trouble and Attorney Donovan's expertise was just what we needed. He communicated every step of the way and told us honestly about each of the potential outcomes--worst case scenario and best case scenario respectively. His patience, advice, and expertise helped us to get the best outcome that we could have hoped for and we are very much appreciative.
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Posted by Mark | June 13, 2013
Would recommend to anyone and everyone!
I contacted Attorney Donovan shortly after I received a summons for an arraignment. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts had charged me with a serious felony, and misdemeanor which carried lasting consequences. Mr. Donovan discussed a plan of action with me that seemed simple and effective. Mr. Donovan represented me multiple times in court, as the prosecution insisted on continuances. My second appearance in court resulted in the felony charge being dismissed. Mr. Donovan was obviously instrumental in the aforementioned dismissal, pointing out the lack of evidence, the "trumped-up" nature of the charge, etc. By my fourth appearance in court, a restraining order had been filed against me, in relation to the charges. Mr. Donovan fought for a dismissal of the misdemeanor charge, and was ultimately successful. Mr. Donovan then managed to expertly defend me in regards to the temporary restraining order. He questioned the plaintiff, and caught her in multiple lies. He requested that the restraining order not be extended, which the Judge agreed with. Ultimately, I walked away that day with exactly what I wanted, dismissal of all charges I had no criminal involvement in, and no restraining order. Overall, Mr. Donovan is everything I could ask for from an attorney. He provided expert legal defense, excellent advice, and was always available. Whenever I needed to speak with him, I was able to get in touch with him within 5-10 minutes, if not immediately. He maintained a pleasant demeanor and always had a positive attitude. His fee was extremely reasonable, especially given the amount of time and effort my case ended up requiring. I would recommend Patrick Donovan to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney. Please consider him, you won't be sorry!
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Posted by Donna | April 18, 2013
Thank you Patrick!
Attorney Patrick Donovan is the one you want to go with, without hesitation! From our first meeting, he was prepared and gave me solid advice and SOLID representation. You just know you're in good hands...anytime I had a question for him throughout the process, he was extremely responsive and knowledgeable. I feel I received the best representation possible and I'm very grateful I met Patrick Donovan. In addition to being a defense attorney, he is a former ADA so he knows the court system from both sides which is why I wanted to hire him move!
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Posted by Joe | April 9, 2013
Great attorney!
Attorney Donovan handled two cases for my family in a skillful and professional manner. I would recommend Mr. Donovan for any legal cases as he was knowledgeable, honest, and he achieved the best possible outcome for both cases.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2013
Attorney Donovan handled my criminal defense hearing in a professional, skillful and admirable manner. At our initial meeting, Attorney Donovan explained in detail his plan and goals for my case. I felt very comfortable being represented by such an honest and experienced attorney. We achieved the best possible outcome for my case, and I cannot be sure I would have reached this outcome had I not hired Attorney Donovan. I knew I could trust Attorney Donovan to do his best for me, and I would recommend his services to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by vanessa | February 14, 2013
Speeding ticket case
I hired Mr. Donovan for a speeding ticket. I have a horrible driving record and he accompanied me to the hearing in front of the court magistrate. I was able to come out of the hearing with a favorable outcome. I would recommend Mr. Donovan for any legal cases as he was knowledgeable and kept me informed through the whole process.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2013
Great and well known Attorney
Attorney Donovan has done a excellent job dealing with my case. He had the criminal charge against me dropped.. I had a car accident hit a guard rail and drove home. A criminal charge was filed against me. Attorney Donovan was able to defend my case in timely manner .. I would recommend him to anyone who is dealing with moving violations, speeding tickets, criminal matters and more..
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Posted by Leigh | January 28, 2013
A Great Source for Advice and Help!!
Patrick had great advice, his fee was reasonable, he was easy to work with, and he got the exact result desired. Highly recommended!
Posted by John | January 28, 2013
Quick and pain free
I used Attorney Donovan in a unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle case where I missed the court date and had an arrest warrant. He was responsive and took all the pressure off of me. He knew his stuff and when I got to the court house with him it was clear he was connected in the Boston system and within an hour and a half I was out all charges dropped. I would highly recommend him to anyone!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2013
He is clear on everything , giving me clear options, and explain carefully. I was dismissed at end. He helped me a lot not just on the case, but also on other things that I got trouble with because of the case. He is great!
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2013
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Patrick talked me through the whole process and kept me updated on what was going on and what he was going to do. He exceeded my expectations on helpfulness. He gave me all the information I wanted and need to know.
Posted by Alex | December 19, 2012
Patrick T. Donovan
I hired Patrick T Donovan to defend against a potential criminal complaint for driving on a suspended license in Quincy, MA at Quincy Courthouse. The suspension was for civil offences. I was concerned as my driving record is not good and I have appeared at speeding ticket hearings previously to no avail. My drivers license is very important to me. Patrick was able to get my case dissmissed without a fine or any further requirements on my behalf. I am sure if I appeared on my own the clerk magistrate would have peppered me with questions and fined me or suspended my license again or who knows what else. The court could have even found me guilty of criminal offence. If you have a case like this or even a speeding ticket, trust me, having Patrick there makes a big difference. After Patrick had my case dissmissed, without question, I will never appear on my own again.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2012
Highly recommended criminal defense attorney!
I highly recommend Attorney Donovan as a defense lawyer for criminal matters. He came to my arraignment after I called him only the night before (I had called several lawyers and he was the only attorney to call me back that morning). His fees are reasonable and he is very knowledgeable. He took the time to explain what I needed to know and had an excellent plan for how to handle my case. He was very understanding about my situation and made me feel confident about relying on his expertise. He was able to negotiate effectively with the prosecutor, but I believe he would have been very tough in defending the matter at trial if we had needed to get that far--we didn't because he negotiated an excellent deal.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Patrick Donovan
  • 2007 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Norfolk District Attorney
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives - Speakers Office
  • 1997 - 2001


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Rochester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • OUI
  • Not Guilty
  • Domestic Assault and Battery
  • Case Dismissed
  • Assault and Battery
  • Dismissed
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  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Quincy Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Zealous Advocacy
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2010
  • Service
  • Norfolk County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007
  • Citation for Years of Service in Norfolk County
  • Massachusetts House of Representation
  • 2007
  • Recognized for Prosecutorial Service
  • 101st Congress
  • 2007
  • National College of District Attorneys
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • 2006
  • Certificate
  • Automobile and Insurance Fraud Task Force Investigations
  • 2006
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  • Speeding Ticket Appeals in Massachusetts
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Trying Your First Case in Traffic Court
  • 2014
  • Staff Conference
  • Massachusetts Motor Vehicles Laws
  • 2012
  • Inauguration of Norfolk District Attorney
  • Introductions
  • 2012
  • Board of Directors
  • Yearly Update
  • 2012
  • PTA Lecture Series
  • Social Host Liability
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well respected in the community and exudes great confidence in the courtroom. I have referred criminal and traffic violation cases to him on many occasions and will continue to do so based upon his great track record."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Undoubtedly drawing upon his experience as a former prosecutor (back in the day when we were friendly foes in the line of battle), Pat now plays the devil's advocate in seeing both sides of the case. His knowledge of the law, command of the courtroom, imposing demeanor, and an innate ability to quickly adapt, is impressive and comforting to a criminal defendant. Since he "switched over" from prosecuting to defending (becoming one of the good guys ... Lol), I have referred numerous clients to him without ever hearing back a single bad word. Pat therefore receives a ringing endorsement from me."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Patrick is a great traffic ticket lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Donovan. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for all the hard work that is put into helping clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very talented Criminal Attorney with a passion for the practice of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is a consummate pro. He is well known and respected in all the courts. He knows how to prepare a case, and, importantly, how to try a case when it's necessary. On top of that, he is just a good person. I recommend him highly and without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Donovan is an extremely talented attorney who provides great advice. Even though I have been practicing for 24 years and I am a former judge and magistrate, I learn from him every day. I would recommend him to anyone in his area."
Tax Attorney | Aug 10
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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