David M. Governo

David M. Governo

Managing Partner
Boston, Massachusetts

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 serves 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Asbestos
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Data Privacy & Cyber Liability
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Litigation Management
  • Scientific, Medical & Technical
  • Toxic Torts

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Providence College, B.A.

Published Works

  • Co-authored text books including Toxic Torts: Law and Science Manual

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (“AV”)
  • Super Lawyer for many years

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • ASHRAE, Member
  • Environmental Information Association, Member
  • Indoor Air Quality Association, Member
  • ASTM committees, Member
  • Editorial Board of Indoor Environment Connections, Member
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Active Member
  • Dean of the FDCC’s Litigation Management College

Pro Bono Activities

  • Serving as a Trustee of the Windsor Club
  • Chairman of the Board of Healthy Housing Solutions
  • Subsidiary of the National Center for Healthy Housing

Memberships & Associations

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

American Bar Association

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

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

  • 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

National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA)

Northeastern University School of Law Alumni/ae Association Member, Board of Directors (1993-1995)

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