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Roger Donoghue

Roger D. Donoghue is a co-founder of Murphy Donoghue Partners. He leads the firm’s Government Relations practice, specializing in legislative and regulatory affairs, lobbying, and business strategies.

Roger counsels regional, national, and international clients across varied industries including; health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, biomedical/life science, telecommunications, technology, real estate development, insurance, trade associations, and restaurant and hospitality, as they interface with government. Roger and his colleagues advise clients on the strategic implications of developing and maintaining relationships with government, and represent such clients before regulatory agencies and public authorities.

Professional Background

Director of Public Affairs, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Massachusetts Director of Government Relations, National Federation of Independent Business
Private practice attorney


Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1983
Holy Cross College, B.A., 1978

Court / bar admissions

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Service areas

Appropriations & funding; Business strategies & positioning; Coalition building; Community relations; Ethics, Lobbying & campaign finance; Government relations; Grassroots; Healthcare reform advocacy; Issues research & drafting; Lobbying; Permitting & approvals; Political navigation; Professional licensure; Public policy; Real estate & project development; Regulatory advocacy & consulting; State & local advocacy


Biomedical/Life Science; Financial Services; Health Care; Insurance; Pharmaceutical; Real Estate Development; Restaurant/Hospitality; Technology; Telecommunications; Trade Associations

Professional memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association, Legislative Policy Committee member


“New Medical Marijuana Law – Analysis," Boston Bar Association
“Changes in Liability for Commercial Landlords," Boston Bar Association
“Affordable Care Act”, Panelist, Suffolk Law School, Rappaport Center for Law & Public Service
Frequent Commentator for Citizen Legislative Seminars
Presents to various corporations at National Legislative Briefings

Civic & charitable activities

Chairman of the Board, Children’s Trust Fund of Massachusetts
Board member, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
Former Board member, Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter

representative matters

  • represented care providers before state regulatory agencies & legislative committees
  • advised a Fortune 500 insurance company on how to maintain balanced statutory and regulatory treatment to assure similar treatment in other jurisdictions
  • represented a federally recognized native American tribe on economic development initiatives
  • represented a major telecommunications provider before state regulatory agencies and legislative committees
  • led ballot question committee counsel and strategy development culminating in a ballot question to repeal new tax on alcohol
  • secured tens of millions for distressed hospitals
  • successfully secured consumer discount legislation



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“ excellent reputation on Beacon Hill.”
–CEO of major hospital network


The Children's Trust to honor Chairman Roger Donoghue for 20 years' service