Shaun M. Donnelly

Shaun M. Donnelly

Senior Associate

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 617 371 1009

Fax +1 617 371 1037

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Shaun Donnelly is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, and complex civil litigation.

Shaun regularly counsels individuals and businesses across industries in matters arising out of alleged fraud, false claims, tax evasion, money laundering, securities fraud, export controls violations, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and independent investigations on behalf of private educational institutions. Shaun leverages his past experience, including his time as a prosecutor, to provide an insightful, well-rounded approach to case analysis, investigations, and all phases of litigation and appeals. He has also drawn on his past experience to build a significant pro bono practice, which includes working regularly with the New England Innocence Project.

Prior to joining the firm, Shaun served as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, where he oversaw complex investigations, argued countless motions, and tried well over fifty cases. While in law school, Shaun interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, and at the FBI's Boston office. He represented indigent defendants at the Boston Municipal Court as a student attorney in Boston University Law's criminal defense clinic, and interned for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Education and admissions


J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2013

B.A., Providence College, magna cum laude, 2007


Boston Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Representative experience

Represented certified public accountant in connection with the United States government's first criminal prosecution of tax evasion-related offenses arising out of the Panama Papers.

Represented corporate executive in connection with federal criminal investigation of potential health care fraud and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.

Conducted internal investigations for companies in a variety of industries, often in connection with potential litigation or government investigations.

Conducted independent investigations for private educational institutions in connection with disciplinary matters and claims of bullying, discrimination, and other misconduct.

Counseled a major Chinese telecommunications company on issues arising from settlement agreements with the U.S. government and corporate compliance monitorship.

As a prosecutor, oversaw a number of complex investigations and secured numerous convictions after trial in both jury and bench trials.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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