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"Mr. Fisk, I am doing everything I can to get you out, but we're talking about a process that could take months, maybe years. In the interim, we need you to keep your head down, avoid trouble while you're in here. The state will jump on any infraction to shoot down an early release, to keep you inside. It's the best move Mr. Fisk, in fact it's the only move."
―Benjamin Donovan to Wilson Fisk[src]

Benjamin Donovan is a lawyer within New York City notorious for representing high-profile criminals. Donovan represented Wilson Fisk, and assisted him in regaining power while he was locked up inside Ryker's Island by managing his money and bribing various people. He represented Cornell Stokes when he was apprehended by the New York City Police Department, managing to dismantle the proofs they had and set Stokes free, and went on to represent Candace Miller during the case regarding Stokes' murder.


Defending Criminals

Assisting Wilson Fisk

"I know what I'm asking for will be difficult."
"I'm not worried about difficult, I'm not even worried about illegal. Your funds have almost been depleted."
Wilson Fisk and Benjamin Donovan[src]

Donovan's firm was hired by Wilson Fisk when he was accused of running a criminal organisation within New York City. Despite Donovan's best efforts, Fisk was sent to Ryker's Island due to the work of Nelson and Murdock. Donovan spoke with Fisk in jail where he promised that his firm was doing everything they could to get him freed. Fisk then asked about Vanessa Marianna who Donovan claimed was hoping to come see him soon, which Fisk refused. Donovan then recommended that while he was in prison, Fisk keep his head down and not get involved with any criminal activity.

Donovan continued his work to try and get Fisk freed, meeting him at Ryker's where Fisk ordered Donovan to assist with Stewart Finney's legal case and pay the rent on the Valdez brothers' mother's home in Spanish Harlem. Despite Donovan's objections as he had perviously advised Fisk not to get involved with any criminal activity within the prison, Fisk ordered him to get it done and ensure that the transactions were untraceable. Despite his reluctance for Fisk to do this sort of work, Donovan got the tasks completed as instructed.

Finally Fisk ordered Donovan to pay off one of the guards at Ryker's Island in order that he could bring Frank Castle to Ryker's. Donovan had another meeting with Fisk to move his final funds to bribe the guards into joining his side, although Donovan warned that any other money he would need would now be taken from Vanessa Marianna's protection, Fisk, however, assured Donovan that he would not need any more money after this was completed. Donovan asked if he wanted to know what the Punisher would be doing but Fisk did not answer.[1]

Fisk vs Murdock

When Matt Murdock asked to meet with Wilson Fisk at Ryker's Island, Fisk asked Donovan to make up a contract, in Braille, describing the conditions of the meeting and the penalties for Murdock not conforming to those conditions.

Donovan escorted Murdock to his meeting with Fisk, who was handcuffed to a table. When Murdock asked Fisk if he was responsible for Frank Castle's escape, Donovan advised Fisk not to answer the question. However, Fisk responded that he was not responsible.

Donovan did not interrupt the meeting further, even when Murdock threatened to keep Vanessa Marianna from ever returning to New York City, and when Fisk responded violently by attacking Murdock.

Donovan told Murdock when the meeting was over, and attempted to escort him out. Murdock, however, angrily rejected his help and left on his own.[2]

Defending Cottonmouth

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When Cottonmouth was arrested, his lawyer, Benjamin Donovan arrived to defend him. He showed to the police that there was no evidence presented against Cottonmouth other than Knight and Scarfe's testimonies, both of which could easily be questioned due to one being personally affected by the other's death. But before Cottonmouth and Donovan left, they were confronted by Misty Knight, in which Cottonmouth called her dog. But Misty said that she promised Cottonmouth will be seen in the prison where he belong. But that made him laugh loud as he walked out.

Defending Candace Miller

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  • Expert Lawyer: Benjamin Donovan is an expert lawyer, able to allow Cottonmouth to be released from prosecution.





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  • In the comics, Benjamin "Big Ben" Donovan was a lawyer from Harlem and an acquaintance of Luke Cage, but became a criminal over time.



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