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U. of Minnesota Promotes William Donohue to GC
William Donohue, who has been deputy general counsel at the University of Minnesota for 17 years, has been promoted to the post of general counsel. Donohue, a University of Minnesota Law School alumnus, replaced Mark Rotenberg, who left after 20 years to become GC at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Donohue has served as deputy general counsel since 1996 and has been in the Office of the General Counsel since 1982. He was for many years a litigator representing the university in state and federal courts, and for the last several years he has overseen the overall administration of the office, directing all university litigation and supervising lawyers responsible for litigation and labor employment.
As U of M GC, Donohue will be responsible for helping the university deal with legal issues surrounding patent, trademark, and copyright law; technology licensing and commercialization; employment and labor relations; healthcare law and medical malpractice; and real estate transactions, development, and eminent domain, university President Eric Kaler said in an email to faculty and staff announcing the appointment.
In his email, Kaler also noted that two-thirds of the universitys senior leadership has been on the job for less than two-and-a-half years, which has diminished the collective institutional memory, but Donohues depth of experience will help to fill the gaps. Ensuring stability and bringing deep institutional knowledge to this senior leadership role for the near term will be extremely helpful as the new leadership team comes together, Kaler wrote.
Prior to working at the University of Minnesota, Donohue was on the staff of the Minnesota attorney general. He is a graduate of Carleton College and received his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He has taught a course on The Law and Post-Secondary Institutions through the College of Education and Human Development for many years.