David W. White

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Phone: 617-723-7676
Fax: 617-723-7777

2 Center Plaza #530
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Although my father would have told you I always liked to argue, that is not the reason I became a lawyer. I decided to attend law school when I was living in Vermont, doing environmental work, and I saw that the lawyers held so many of the important keys. I decided that if I was going to make a difference in this world, I had to be a lawyer.

My career took a slightly different turn than I would have predicted. I became a litigator, working primarily on personal injury cases, and also business and insurance cases.

I love solving problems. I enjoy helping my clients solve their problems, whether it is recovering money for injuries, business wrongs, or the bad faith of insurance companies. I like digging out the details, especially the ones that others are trying to hide. And I enjoy the courtroom.

Before you hire a lawyer, you should be comfortable with the person and satisfied that he or she has the skills and determination to get the job done. It is just as important to me that we have a strong relationship from the very start. If we do, it will last for the entire case.

Being a lawyer has allowed me to contribute to our community in several ways. In the legal profession, I have had the honor of being the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association for the 2007-2008 term and receiving the Massachusetts Bar Association President's Award in 2017. I have had a chance to speak on behalf of lawyers and Massachusetts citizens at the State House, in the courts, and in many public forums. I have had a chance to be a strong advocate for preserving the rights of injury victims.

I have also had the chance to work on environmental issues which have long been dear to me. I have been able to urge lawyers to fight global warming, leading the Lawyers' Eco-Challenge. I have given back directly to my home town of Westwood, where I founded the Westwood Land Trust, Inc., and where I chaired the town’s open space committee. The two groups have raised millions of dollars and have preserved hundreds of acres of land in town. In 2013, I was appointed to the town's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee and had the opportunity to advance those causes in my home town.

I look forward to working with you on your case, and helping you every way I can. Please give me a call.


J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1984

B.S., University of Vermont, Environmental Studies, 1978

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, (all Massachusetts state courts), 1985
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1985
First Circuit Court of Appeals, 1985
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Foundation

Boston Bar Association

American Association for Justice (former ATLA)

American Bar Association

Women’s Bar Association

Norfolk County Bar Association

Honors and Awards
  • Massachusetts Bar Association President's Award, 2017
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President’s Award, 2008.
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Selected as one of the top ten “Lawyers of the Year.” December 2004.
  • Boston Magazine Named “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the field of Personal Injury Litigation. 2004-2019. Named one of “Top 100 Massachusetts Lawyers” 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Named one of "Top 100 New England Lawyers" 2008, 2009 and 2014.
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2016-2019, Insurance Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2017-2019, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2019, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Selected Educational Seminars Presented
Selected Publications

“Handling Anesthesia Malpractice Cases,” in Medical Malpractice Insurance; An Overview. Amicus Books, 2007.

Tort and Insurance Law Update, Massachusetts Bar Association/MCLE (MBA Annual Meeting), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

Appeals Court Raises Troubling Questions in Recent G.L. c. 93A Case, Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, 2001.

Emotional Distress Claims in Bad Faith Cases, John E. Tenner and David W. White; Mealey’s Bad Faith Litigation Conference 1999.

Life After Lazarus and Furtado, Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, 1999.

Chapter 93A Damages in Arbitration Cases Clarified by Recent Appeals Court Case, Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, 1999.

Pierce and Dominguez: Legislative Interpretation and Judicial Inconsistency at Work, Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, 1999.

Collecting Attorneys’ Fees Under G.L. c. 93A and Other Civil Causes of Action, MCLE, 1997.

Rules Governing Audio-Visual Depositions At Trial, MCLE, 1997.

Bad Faith Litigation in Massachusetts: The Plaintiff’s Perspective, First published National Business Institute, Inc., 1996.

Using Computers In Your Civil Litigation Practice, First published Massachusetts Bar Association, 1995.

Practical Advice for Setting Up and Running the Small Office Practice, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1995.

Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Massachusetts Courts, MCLE, 1993.

Dissolving and Forming Professional Relationships, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1993.

Community Activities

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission
Commissioner, 2015-present

Boston Bikes Volunteer of the Year Award, 2014

Westwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee


Organization for the Preservation of the Environment and Nature (OPEN)

OPEN was the advisory committee to the Selectmen of Westwood, Massachusetts, on matters regarding open space preservation and acquisition. OPEN led the campaign for purchase by the town of two substantial parcels of land in 1998 and 2000.

Westwood Land Trust, Inc.

Board Member-2004-2008, 2010-

Founder of the organization, which is a § 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to open space preservation and acquisition, working with private landowners in Westwood, Massachusetts.

Sewer Commissioner
Westwood, Massachusetts. 2002-2009.

Westwood Democratic Town Committee
Elected Member-2001-

Elected Delegate to Massachusetts State Convention, 2001, and Alternate Delegate, 2002.

Fernald State School Human Rights Committee


Reviewed medication and treatment plans for residents of state school for mentally retarded individuals in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Task Force on Human Subject Research


Member of Task Force which examined use of human subjects from state schools in experiments utilizing radioactive foods. Task Force examined extent of exposure and lack of informed consent.

Vermont Health Policy Corporation/State Health Coordinating Council
Environmental Health Representative 1981-1982

Member of 30 person board responsible for hospital cost containment and health policy in Vermont. Appointed by the Governor in June 1981.

Justice of the Peace
Montpelier, Vermont. Elected November 1980; served seven months of term before moving to Massachusetts.


David White is formerly David White-Lief.

David's practice has included the representation of injured workers in construction accident cases, medical malpractice cases involving failures to diagnose cancer, anesthesia injuries, orthopedic injuries, and other serious injuries from medical negligence. David's experience includes several wrongful death cases, including automobile accidents and construction accidents. David has handled cases on appeal at the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.

Personal injury lawyer David White with former SJC Chief Justice Margaret Marshall and Superior Court Justice Alan van Gestel

David White served as the chairperson of the 2005 and 2006 Massachusetts Bar Association's Annual Conferences. David is pictured here talking with Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall and Judge Allan van Gestel, formerly the head of the Suffolk Superior Court Business Law Session, during the annual Breakfast with the Judges at the 2005 Annual Conference. (Photo by David Gordon)

In his spare time he is also a avid hiker, enjoys cycling and SCUBA diving, and has dabbled in rock climbing, ice climbing and ham radio.

Client Reviews
David really cared about me as an individual…and he really cared about seeking the justice that needed to be sought in the case. Peter
Ron got the insurance company to settle for the maximum on the policy. And so as a result of that, my son went back to school. Jeff
Marc just guided us through the whole process. He told us exactly what would happen and how we needed to go about doing everything. Jesenia
I would recommend David…The outcome of my case, I was very pleased with it. I hope I don't have another accident, but if I do we'll be back to see David. Paul
Ron was excellent. He was on top of everything. He answered every question. John
Marc was extremely professional. I felt very confident that he knew exactly what he was doing. This is his area of practice and I had total confidence in him and I actually have recommended him to other people who have been in accidents. Josh