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David M. Governo
David M. Governo

David M. Governo has over 30 years of experience counseling and representing corporations, insurance companies and individuals. He has advised clients on 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 and scientifically or medically complicated matters that require a creative, yet practical problem-solving approach. Mr. Governo’s experience primarily has been in the areas of asbestos, lead, mold, insurance, indoor air quality, toxic torts, data privacy and products liability.

Mr. Governo has a national reputation as a leader in the fields of toxic torts, products liability and building-related regulatory compliance and litigation.  In 1992, he organized and chaired the first national litigation conference on lead poisoning.  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 mass litigation, indoor air quality, regulatory compliance and liability and insurance coverage.  He is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, ASHRAE, Environmental Information Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, several ASTM committees, and the Editorial Board of Indoor Environment Connections. Mr. Governo has attained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (“AV”) and has been voted a Super Lawyer for many years. He has co-authored text books including Toxic Torts:  Law and Science Manual and has authored hundreds of articles and papers for legal and industry trade groups.

Mr. Governo is an active member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). He currently served as a Dean of the FDCC’s Litigation Management College. Mr. Governo’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.




Legal Experience:

1995 - present      Governo Law Firm LLC, Boston, MA

                           (f/k/a Governo and Kavanagh LLP)


                           Litigation Practice:  Concentrating in products liability, toxic torts, building construction, insurance coverage, environmental and indoor air quality law.  Practice includes representation of defendants as trial counsel and national coordinating counsel in asbestos, chemical, lead and environmental litigation.


                           Business Practice:  Counseling individuals and companies in business planning including assessing potential liability, insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, underwriting and litigation management.



                             Martindale-Hubbell "AV" (highest rating)

                            Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys 

                             New England Super Lawyer


1989 - 1995          Kirby and Governo, Boston MA




1981 - 1989          Burns & Levinson, Boston, MA

                           Partner, Toxic Tort Department




1979 -1981           Northeastern University School of Law

                             Boston, MA

                             J.D. 1981


1974 - 1978          Providence College

                             Providence, RI

                             B.A. 1978

                             Magna Cum Laude  in Political Science

                             Phi Sigma Alpha, Nat'l Hon. Soc. in Political Science

                             Phi Sigma Tau, Nat'l Hon. Soc. in Philosophy


Bar Admissions:

                           Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1981)

                           U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1982)

                           U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1982)

                           Pro Hac Vice admissions throughout the United States


Memberships And Associations:


                           American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)


                           American Bar Association


                           American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)     


                           ASHRAE (f/k/a American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)


                           American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

      • Committee D-22, Indoor Air Quality
      • Committee E-6, Performance of Buildings
      • Committee E-50, Environmental Assessment
      • Committee E-51, Environmental Risk Management
      • Committee E-56, Nanotechnology


                           Asbestos Liability Risk Assessment Group (ALRAG)


                           Boston Bar Association


                           Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)


                           Defense Research Institute


                           Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

      • Litigation Management College Committee - Dean of Admissions
      • Insurance Industry Committee - Vice Chair - Value and Retention
      • Website/Social Media Committee - Vice Chair


                           Fellow of the American Bar Association


                           Friends of Sophia (school for disadvantaged inner city girls in Providence, Rhode Island)


                           Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)


                           Indoor Environment Connections

      • Editorial Board


                           International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


                           The Environmental Information Association


                         Lawyers for Civil Justice


                           Massachusetts Bar Association


                           Northeastern University School of Law

                           Alumni/ae Association

                           Member, Board of Directors (1993-1995)


                           Restoration Industry Association (RIA)




Related Practice Areas
Data Privacy and Cyber Liability
Business Planning and Transactions
Civil Litigation
Construction Defects
Environmental / Hazardous Waste
Indoor Air Quality
Pro Bono
Science and Medicine
Toxic and Mass Torts

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Bergeron, Kendra  A.
Carson, Jeniffer  A.P.
Gardella, John  P.
Gaughan, Brendan  J.
Goldman, David  A.
Governo, David  M.
Kelly, Nancy 
Misiura, Bryna  Rosen
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