JD, Northeastern University School of Law
BA, Providence College
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Massachusetts Super Lawyer (10+ year status)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
American Bar Association (ABA) - ABA Fellow
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Boston Bar Association (BBA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
- Insurance Coverage College - Dean
- Website/Social Media Committee- Vice Chair
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)
Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)
The Environmental Information Association (EIA)
Chairman of the Board of Healthy Housing Solutions, a subsidiary of the National Center for Healthy Housing since 2010
Member, Board of Directors (former) of Northeastern University School of Law Alumni/ae Association
Former President and current Trustee of the Windsor Club in Waban, MA
David M. Governo, Partner
David M. Governo has over 35 years of experience counseling and representing corporations, insurance companies and individuals. He helps clients with a broad range of both business-related and litigation-related issues, including regulatory compliance, litigation management and trial strategy. His focus has been on highly technical, scientifically or medically complicated matters that require a creative, yet practical problem-solving approach. David has a national reputation as a leader in the fields of toxic torts, products liability and building-related legal issues including asbestos, lead, mold, insurance and indoor air quality.
David’s most recent (October 12, 2018) trial victory resulted in a defense verdict in favor of his client. This trial involved novel claims against two tobacco companies and David’s client, an automotive brake rebuilder, in which the plaintiff argued that the “synergy” between smoking and asbestos in the brakes caused a brake mechanic’s lung cancer and death. After a six-week, the jury returned a $43 million verdict for the plaintiff against one of the tobacco companies.
David has been actively involved in training other lawyers and educating insurance and corporate clients throughout his career. In 1992, he organized and chaired the first national litigation conference on lead poisoning. Since then, he has chaired eight national litigation conferences and has been invited to present papers at many conferences throughout the country on topics that include defending complex litigation, asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality, regulatory compliance and insurance coverage. David has attained Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating ("AV") and has been voted a Super Lawyer every year for over a decade. He has co-authored text books including Toxic Torts: Law and Science Manual and has published hundreds of articles, chapters and papers for legal and industry trade groups.
David's charitable work includes serving as a Trustee of the Windsor Club and as Chairman of the Board of Healthy Housing Solutions, a subsidiary of the National Center for Healthy Housing.