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David M. Governo
David M. Governo

David M. Governo graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1981.  He was a partner in the toxic tort department of Burns & Levinson, a 100-plus lawyer firm in Boston.  Since 1989, he has defended insurance coverage, complex products liability and toxic tort litigation as a senior partner in his own firm.

Mr. Governo has represented defendants as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel in asbestos, lead, mold, silica, indoor air quality, toxic tort and complex products liability cases.  He has advised insurers, corporations, and governmental entities on both business-related and litigation-related issues, including asset preservation, underwriting and marketing, as well as local and national litigation management and strategy.

Mr. Governo has a national reputation as a leader in the fields of toxic and mass torts.  In 1992, he organized and chaired the first national litigation conference on lead poisoning, Mealey’s National Lead Litigation Conference.  He has been invited to present papers at many conferences throughout the country on topics that include defending mass litigation, indoor air quality, regulatory/environmental liability and insurance coverage claims.  He is a member of numerous Bar associations, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), American Indoor Air Quality Council, Indoor Air Quality Association, several ASTM committees, and the Editorial Boards of Lead Detection and Abatement Contractor and Indoor Environment Connection.  Mr. Governo is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has attained Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” rating, signifying the highest level of ethics, legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.  He has co-authored text books titled Toxic Torts:  Law and Science Manual (1996), Toxic Tort & Medicine Internet Directory (1997) and Toxic Tort & Medicine Internet Directory (Second Edition) (1998).  The latest edition of the Internet Directory was published by the Defense Research Institute (DRI) in 1999.



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, construction defect, 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, marketing, 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


                           Litigation practice concentrating in products liability, toxic torts, and environmental law.


1981 - 1989          Burns & Levinson, Boston, MA

                           Partner, Toxic Tort Department

                           Practice encompassed general litigation, products liability, toxic tort, insurance coverage and environmental litigation in 100-plus attorney firm.



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

§          Forum on the Construction Industry 1999-2005

§          Mass Torts Litigation Committee


                           American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)     


                           American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)


                           American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

§          Committee D-22, Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres (Indoor Air Quality)

§          Committee E-6, Performance of Buildings

§          Committee E-50, Environmental Assessment

§          Committee E-51, Environmental Risk Management


                           Asbestos Liability Risk Assessment Group (ALRAG)


                           Boston Bar Association


                           Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)


                           Defense Research Institute

§          Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee

§          IAQ (Mold and Sick Building Syndrome Practice 

Specialty Group)


                           Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel


                           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)


                           United States Tennis Association


                           Who's Who, Life Member/Listing

                           Membership Number 40562 KL-VL


                           Who's Who in American Law, Life Member

                           Certificate Number 25839


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Pro Bono
Science and Medicine
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