David Charles is a partner in the Corporate and Securities group of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, resident in the Northern Virginia office. David counsels clients on corporate, securities, finance and transactional matters, including the alignment of corporate strategy to accomplish corporate goals, mergers and acquisitions, sales and other dispositions of assets, joint ventures, equity and debt offerings, and strategic restructuring plans.
David has substantial experience with structuring complex transactions, negotiating financial and legal deal terms, and drafting definitive documentation. He has advised public and private companies operating in a variety of industries, including information-technology products and services (both government and commercial), energy, defense, health care, e-commerce, financial services, consulting services and aviation services, in connection with more than 100 M&A transactions.
Prior to joining Pillsbury, David was General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for thinkXML, Inc. In that capacity, he provided general legal and business advice to a 50-person, private software company. He was responsible for negotiating and documenting all legal matters, including software licenses, OEM agreements, employment agreements and office leases.
Since 2007, Chambers USA has ranked David as one of America's Leading Lawyers in mergers and acquisitions in Northern Virginia.
David P. Donovan has served as General Counsel for the Washington Redskins since October 2005. He also serves as the General Counsel for the team's affiliated radio broadcast company, Red Zebra Broadcasting, LLC, which owns and operates radio stations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as in Richmond and Norfolk.
Donovan was previously a partner for 14 years with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. He joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering in 1985 in Washington, D.C. and managed the firm's Northern Virginia office from 2001 to 2005.
Donovan received his undergraduate degree with honors from Iowa State University and his law degree in 1984 from Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude, where he was editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. Upon graduation from Georgetown, Donovan was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Thomas A. Flannery on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering in 1985.
He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of general commercial litigation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005 and he received the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Pro Bono Award in 1992. In 2008 he received Iowa State University's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Donovan has lived in the DC metro area since 1981. He is married with three children.
Ho joined Octagon in 2008, and manages Octagon's in-house legal department. Octagon is the leading athlete representation, sports marketing and event marketing company globally, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG). Octagon's legal department provides a full range of services to the company, including drafting and negotiating commercial transactions, handling commercial litigation, and other corporate counseling.
Prior to joining Octagon, Ho served as General Counsel of Advertising.com, Inc. Advertising.com is the world's largest third-party internet display advertising network, and was acquired by AOL in 2004. Prior to being General Counsel, Ho served in various legal and business development roles at both Advertising.com and AOL.
Ho began his career as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. After that, he spent several years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation branch, where he spent the majority of his time litigating savings & loan cases. Ho received his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, and received his BS from the University of Maryland.