Steven Donovan


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Steven Donovan
Steve has had a significant role in the development of Hawkins’ national health care and higher education financing practice, and has over 40 years of experience working with many of the nation’s most renowned universities and preparatory schools, and with a great number of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, serving as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and borrower’s counsel on financings for healthcare systems, colleges and universities, preparatory schools, senior living facilities, museums and other cultural and nonprofit institutions throughout the country.

Steve joined Hawkins upon graduation from law school in 1976, became a partner in 1984, has served on the firm’s management committee since 1993, and has spent his entire career at Hawkins.

Steve has worked as bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel on numerous financings for universities and colleges, including Yale University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Rutgers University, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, Connecticut College, Bowdoin College, St. Lawrence University, Bates College, the University of Hartford, Stevens Institute of Technology, Columbia Teachers College, Southern New Hampshire University, St. Anselm College, Vassar College, Colby College, Fairfield University, the University of Oregon, and the University of New Hampshire.

Steve’s educational facility financing experience includes serving as bond counsel for preparatory schools such as Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School, Salisbury School, The Hotchkiss School, Stanwich School, Holderness School, Kimball Union Academy, New Hampton School, Concord Christian Academy, Portsmouth Christian Academy, Proctor Academy, Westminster School, Norwich Free Academy, The Gunnery School, Derryfield School, Pinkerton Academy, Brewster Academy and Canterbury School.

Steve has also served as borrower’s counsel for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and as underwriters’ counsel on financings for The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Wildlife Conservation Society (Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium and the Bronx Zoo).

In health care, Steve serves as bond counsel to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Banner Health, Inova Health System, Yale-New Haven Health System, MaineHealth System, Covenant Health Systems, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Hartford HealthCare, MaineGeneral, Trinity Health (including a predecessor, Catholic Health East), Exeter Healthcare, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, and BayCare Health System, and as bond counsel to the state-wide health and educational facilities authorities in Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.

Steve has served as special financing counsel (borrower’s counsel) for a number of healthcare systems, such as Northwell Health System in New York, Loyola University Health System in Chicago, Princeton HealthCare System in New Jersey, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama, Palos Community Hospital in Illinois, and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Steve’s experience also includes serving as underwriters’ counsel for a number of healthcare systems, including Partners Healthcare System in Boston, University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, St. Peter's Health System of Albany, University of Michigan Hospitals, Carilion Health System in Roanoke, and New York University Hospitals.

In addition, Steve has been the lead attorney on financings for the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, the New Jersey Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • National Health Lawyers Association




  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., cum laude
  • Fordham University, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey