John P. Donovan

John P. Donovan


Primary Office: Austin, TX
Other Office: Irvine, CA
Phone: 512-795-4721

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John P. Donovan is the founding partner of the Austin office for the law firm of Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, LLP. Mr. Donovan received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School. Mr. Donovan is licensed to practice law in both the State of Texas and the State of California. Mr. Donovan is dedicated to the aggressive, service oriented practice of law with the highest standards of ethical responsibility.

Mr. Donovan’s practice is concentrated in the defense of Developers, Home Builders, Construction companies, Government Agencies, School Districts, and individuals in litigation, tort actions, personal injury, wrongful death actions, construction defect, employment, civil rights, and automobile/premises liability cases. Mr. Donovan specializes in handling unique and complex cases, which require creative problem-solving and an aggressive approach to litigation in order to achieve his client’s goals. His trial experience has dealt with personal injuries, contractual disputes, construction defects, product and civil-rights violations. His practice includes hundreds of mediations and arbitrations, as well as Federal and Superior Court law and motion.

Mr. Donovan has been able to combine his passion for the law with his business acumen when working with clients to reduce their liability exposure. He has experience in performing litigation case handling reviews, budgets, and risk evaluation. He has had the opportunity to produce and conduct risk management seminars for employees and management; and to create procedures for implementation in the day-to-day operations of his clients.

Mr. Donovan’s family has been in the Golf Course Management business for over forty years and he enjoys golfing with friends and family. He is active in his church and community teaching and working with youth.


  • Loyola Marymount University, 1984 - B.B.A.
  • Loyola Law School, 1987 - J.D.

States Licensed to Practice

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Organizations

  • Orange County Bar Association- Construction Law Section
  • California Bar Association - Law Practice Management and Technology Section
  • Texas Bar Association - Construction Law Section

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • General Legal Defense
  • Government Tort Liability
  • Commercial Trucking and Transportation Defense Litigation