Joseph X. Donovan joined the state and local tax practice of Sullivan & Worcester LLP in 2006 after having spent three years as Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, where he was responsible for working with the General Counsel to manage the Department’s Legal Division – the group responsible for developing public written statements of departmental policy, litigating tax cases in the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and drafting and providing comments on proposed tax legislation. From 1984 to 2003, Mr. Donovan held various positions in the state tax consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and its predecessor firm Coopers & Lybrand, including leader of its Northeast Region state tax practice.
Mr. Donovan is the author of the Massachusetts Sales and Use Tax Manual and co-author, with J. Gary Dean, of the BNA Multistate Tax Portfolio on Formulary Apportionment Methods. He has been an adjunct faculty member in tax programs at Suffolk University, Northeastern University and New York University. In April of 2007, Mr. Donovan was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to a special commission charged with studying Massachusetts corporate taxation. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Cornell University and also holds a J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School.