David Willis

David Willis Partner

P 617 670 8451 F 617 670 8801
125 High Street
Oliver Street Tower, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
125 High Street, Oliver Street Tower, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

David Willis, a trial attorney with more than 30 years of litigation experience and Chair of MG+M’s Trucking and Transportation practice group, focuses his national practice in the defense of public and private corporations in the areas of transportation law, complex tort, commercial, employment, environmental, franchise, food and beverage, healthcare, and hospitality. David also handles professional liability matters in the defense of health care providers and national and regional health care institutions. He has extensive multi-jurisdictional trial experience and has tried to verdict over 100 cases in over a dozen state and federal courts. David’s experience also includes conducting internal corporate investigations, including those involving sexual harassment and gender and racial discrimination.

Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • US District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • US Supreme Court
  • Tulane University School of Law, JD, 1989
  • Tulane University, BA, economics with a focus in international trade finance and banking, 1986

Utilizing his extensive legal background and business acumen to partner with his clients, David develops custom models that focus on achieving results while reducing litigation costs. David’s approach enables clients to focus on the core aspects of their business while effectively and cost-efficiently managing litigation. This network of experts is readily available to provide clients with a response team capable of conducting investigations of catastrophic incidents within the critical initial 24 hours. Areas of expertise represented in this network include accident reconstruction, bio-mechanics, human factors, vocational rehabilitation, economics, and numerous medical disciplines. This emphasis on early assessment allows clients to make informed strategic decisions while the team approach ensures a comprehensive and consistent investigation, including proper document retention protected by work-product and attorney-client privileges. Another crucial part of the program is a coordinated discovery approach, which achieves consistency across multiple jurisdictions. Through this approach, David has saved his clients millions of dollars.

David previously served as national counsel to a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for all phases of litigation – from pre-suit investigations through appeals, as well as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation. Prior to serving in-house, David worked for a national law firm concentrating in personal injury and labor law. He also previously served as a special assistant attorney general for Rhode Island for more than four years, during which he tried nearly 50 jury trials.



  • John F. Mulvaney Environmental Scholarship Recipient, American Hoechst Corporation
  • Bronze Medal Award, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Individual Service Award 1999 – 2002, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who 2000


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Trucking Associations—Chairman's Membership Committee, Automated Truck Subcommittee, Technology & Engineering Policy Committee, Controlled Substances, Driver Health and Wellness Subcommittee, Environmental and Energy Policy Committee
  • National Retail Restaurant Defense Association
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • International Luxury Hotel Association
  • The Risk Management Society (RIMS)
  • Associate Member of RIHCA
  • Harbor Management Commission (Jamestown, Rhode Island)—Former Commissioner
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Speaking Engagements

  • "Trends in the F&B and Hospitality Industries: Where are we Going Next?," Food and Beverage Litigation Conference, October 2021
  • “Impact of Marijuana Legalization,” presented at the National Retail Restaurant Defense Association Annual Meeting, February 2020
  • “Employment Law Update: How Have Employers Fared Under the Trump Administration, Resulting Administrative Activity, Court Decisions and What Tweets to Expect in 2018,” panel presentation at the National Restaurant Retail Defense Association’s Annual Conference, March 2018
  • “Luxury Surfaces Can Make for a Slippery Business,” Hospitality Insurance and Loss Prevention Summit Forum, Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, April 2017
  • “Trouble in Las Vegas: A Case Study,” Gallagher Bassett Services seminar, August 2016
  • Capturing Value: How to Control Skyrocketing Litigation Costs,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2016
  • Alternative Fee Agreements, panelist (Las Vegas), 2011
  • Managing Outside Counsel, panelist (Hollywood, Florida), 2011