Nick Donovan, Partner


T: 707.252.9000

F: 707.252.0792

Areas of Practice

  • Wine Law

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Business Sales

  • Private Placements (Financings)

  • Corporate Governance

  • Real Estate

  • Succession Planning

Although Nick represents clients in a variety of industries, including construction, food and beverage, manufacturing and logistics, Nick is the head of the firm’s Wine Law Team and his primary practice at GVM focuses on clients in the wine industry.  Nick is frequently asked to speak about legal issues affecting the wine industry and family business succession issues.

Nick represents established brands and helps to create and develop new wine brands. His representation of wineries, brand and vineyard owners spans from formation including capital raising, drafting and negotiating primary documents (operating and shareholder agreements) and licensing of intellectual property, to general representation of established brands including corporate governance issues, acquisitions, buyouts among owners, transfers to family members, and sales of wineries, wine brands and vineyards.  Nick also focuses on contract drafting and negotiation including custom crush agreements, alternating proprietorship agreements and grape purchase agreements among other documents.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 2001

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., 1997, phi beta kappa, summa cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • North Bay Business Journal, Top 40 Professionals in the North Bay under 40 years old, 2011

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Torts

Bar Membership

  • California Bar Association, Member

  • Napa County Bar Association, Member

  • American Bar Association, Member

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