Mike Donovan, founder of the nation’s largest civil rights firm specializing in immigration, prison, and police reform, is a CEO, pastor, author, radio show host, family man, and former inmate. Even with a colorful past that includes seven months in the county jail, Mike put himself through school at Western Governors University. He continued his studies at the Charlotte School of Law, and has since had many successful business endeavors.
Mike currently holds the role of CEO of Nexus Services, a company with a mission of serving immigrant communities who are facing crises, providing pretrial and post trial offenders with stability and responsibility, and reducing jail populations. They offer legal assistance to disenfranchised and marginalized communities all over the United States.
As an extension of his dedication to American prison and civil rights litigation, Mike hosts the Not Free America radio show, where he takes one hour each week to dive into the United States’ current events. He also features Mario Williams on the show, reviewing and answering legal questions that have been previously submitted by their listeners.
Mr. Donovan also serves his community as the pastor of the First Christian Church Universalist in Harrisburg, Virginia, founded in 2014. He currently resides in Staunton, Virginia, with his life partner, Richard, and their two sons.
Mario Williams serves as the President of the NDH firm, leading a team of attorneys that span the nation. He’s licensed to practice in Georgia, Virginia, and New York. Mr. Williams is admitted to practice in the U. S. Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as many district courts. With his comprehensive experience, Mario can effectively litigate cases from the lower courts, all the way through the appeals process.
Mr. Williams has substantial experience in the area of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 federal actions, including First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and Eighth Amendment claims. He provides litigation in the areas of employment discrimination and whistleblower claims, and has represented victims of government, police, and jail/prison misconduct- both in the United States, and internationally. He’s also served small and large companies concerning contract disputes involving complex bankruptcy issues, Racketeering claims, and fraud claims. He’s successfully closed grand jury investigations by getting ahead of prospective charges.
Mr. Williams has a history of human rights advocacy prior to practicing constitutional law and business law. He served in the Peace Corps in Honduras, and was a human rights advocate in South America. He authored an emergency precautionary petition to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in a successful effort to protect patients, when their dialysis treatments were cut off by a prominent hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also worked hard to improve access to potable water, adequate housing, and quality education in international cities.
Mario Williams graduated with honors from Morehouse College, earning a degree in Political Science. He later obtained his law degree at Lewis and Clark, in Portland, Oregon. Today, Mr. Williams takes pride in his role as President of NDH while also serving as a founding partner of his firm, Williams Oinonen LLC.