Timothy M. Donohue, Esq.
Timothy Donohue is a successful and seasoned trial attorney. He has been consistently recognized by his peers and adversaries for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Tim specializes in defending persons accused of white collar crimes.
With over 25 years of experience in criminal law, Mr. Donohue has handled a wide variety of white collar criminal cases. While most clients are referred to Tim because of his extensive trial and appellate skills, he is most proud of his ability to resolve criminal cases before a costly public trial. He prides himself on his ability to provide effective solutions to clients threatened with criminal prosecution. Mr. Donohue has observed: The filing of charges can be devastating to a client’s reputation and business. The key in a white collar case is getting into the case before the government has locked into its position regarding my client. Frequently, with creative lawyering, I can convince the government that my client should not be charged at all. In a political corruption case, Tim was able to convince the government not to prosecute his client by presenting another witness’s interpretation of a crucial conversation. In two recent cases, Mr. Donohue successfully defended two executives in the insurance industry and was able to avoid prosecution completely by developing evidence demonstrating their innocence, including a polygraph report. Because of his excellent reputation among his adversaries, Tim has often been able to negotiate excellent resolutions for his clients long before charges have been brought. Many of these triumphs are never publicly heralded, and are known only by his clients.
Mr. Donohue has tried criminal jury trials in both federal and state court. Over the last decade, he has tried cases involving charges of bank fraud, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, RICO, and tax fraud. Tim has also successfully handled a wide variety of matters at the grand jury stage, involving charges of environmental crime, healthcare fraud and other business related crimes. In addition to his extensive trial practice, Tim has handled complex appeals for his clients in the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Tim has been routinely recognized in the publication Best Lawyers in America, and by other periodicals and authorities for inclusion in criminal matters. For many years, he has been named by his peers to be included in New Jersey Super Lawyers. His selection has been featured in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, New York Magazine and other publications. Tim has achieved the highest rating for his legal abilities and ethics, earning an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a well-known attorney rating resource. In fact, most of Tim’s criminal defense clients are referred to him by other lawyers who know of his outstanding reputation in the community and his expertise in that area.
Mr. Donohue has represented a wide variety of private and public figures over the years. In the private sector, he has represented licensed professionals, including doctors, lawyers, judges, accountants and investment advisors as well as professional athletes and owners. Tim has consulted for corporations and business owners (large and small) and has represented individuals from all walks of life. Over the years, Tim has been retained by a number of prominent, publicly elected officials and by appointed officials at all levels of state, county and local government (including many members of law enforcement). He currently serves as counsel to various governmental bodies at the state and local levels. Mr. Donohue also provides consulting and strategic advice to businesses and individuals on compliance issues and methods of avoiding costly litigation. He has participated in countless public and private internal investigations in order to evaluate potential exposure for criminal and civil liability.
Tim Donohue received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Seton Hall University Law School in 1984. He attended law school in the evenings while working full-time. During this time, he was recognized for his writing ability and scholarship, and was chosen to serve as an Associate Editor of the prestigious Seton Hall Law Review. After graduating from law school, Tim served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise, a United States District Judge in federal district court in Newark, New Jersey.
Prior to law school, Mr. Donohue attended Seton Hall University and graduated cum laude in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and English. In fact, he still has his New Jersey teacher’s license. Tim previously taught legal writing as an adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law. Mr. Donohue has lectured throughout the state on criminal and civil trial techniques, grand jury practice and representing white collar criminal defendants. He has also served as an expert commentator for Court TV, the Associated Press and other media outlets.