July 16, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes Ph.D. and lawyer Michael J. Donovan as an associate in the firm’s Phoenix office. With an extensive scientific background, Donovan focuses on intellectual property issues including patent preparation and prosecution. He will help represent biotech companies and public and private universities in complex scientific legal matters.

“Polsinelli Shughart’s growing and sophisticated life sciences capabilities attracted me to the firm,” said Donovan. “I’m really excited to be here and look forward to collaborating with the firm’s science and technology attorneys who are highly recognized in the field.”

The Science and Technology group includes attorneys who practice in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix and St. Louis. The practice is multi-disciplinary and includes attorneys and scientists with advanced degrees in engineering, biology, microbiology and chemistry. They focus on complex and cutting edge issues facing technology, high-tech, bioscience, consumer food products, animal science, medical devices, agriculture and clean technology industries. Donovan’s background will assist clients with biological, biochemical and biomedical patents, including medical devices, in the U.S. and abroad. His extensive experience in multiple research fields includes immunology and microbiology.

Donovan earned his law degree from Arizona State University - Sandra Day O’Cononor College of Law, summa cum laude, in 2010, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. He obtained his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in 2001. Donovan is admitted to the Arizona Bar and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“We are very pleased to have an attorney with Michael’s deep scientific knowledge onboard in Phoenix and serving clients locally and nationally,” said Phoenix Managing Partner Edward F. Novak. “We are growing in ways that best serve our clients.”

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