David Attisani is a partner in Choate Hall & Stewart's Insurance & Reinsurance Group, which is top-ranked by Reactions (#1 reinsurance and litigation firm in 2012) and by The 2013 Legal 500 guide to preeminent law firms. He is also co-chairman of the ABA's Reinsurance Subcommittee, and a member of the ARIAS-US Education Committee (2013-present).
Mr Attisani has served as lead counsel with respect to the following claims: 9/11; "Obamacare"; Superstorm Sandy; Hurricanes Wilma, Katrina, Harvey; the Las Vegas shooting; the California wildfires; the "Big Dig" Tunnel Collapse; the Nikita Levy/ Johns Hopkins "rogue" doctor case; and Sphere Drake.
Mr Attisani was named one of Law360's "10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys in America" for 2010–out of 1,016 nominations from 100 firms. He was also the first-ever Boston-area attorney to be recognized in the Chambers USA nationwide rankings for Insurance/Reinsurance (2014-2018). He is one of only 12 reinsurance lawyers listed in The 2016 and 2017 Legal 500's elite "Leading Lawyers" category, a designation he also received in 2015, 2012 and 2011. He was named to the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which recognizes elite leading lawyers who have consistently been ranked for six consecutive years– one of only 455 partners in the U.S. selected for this honor. Mr Attisani was also elected to Best of the Best USA (2009-2014) in Insurance & Reinsurance, which recognizes only 30 US industry professionals. He is No. 3 on the 2018 Who's Who Legal: "Thought Leaders" list of the most highly regarded individuals in Insurance and Reinsurance law. In 2016, Mr Attisani was one of only 5 U.S. insurance and reinsurance lawyers to be named "Most Highly Regarded" in the 13th annual edition of Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance (one of 15 in the world). Finally, he was elected to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2006-2018) and Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law (2012-2018).
Mr Attisani is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, a group of preeminent re/insurance lawyers, where membership is obtained by nomination and is limited to 1,000 lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, where membership is limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. In addition, Mr Attisani is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and an adjunct member of the International Association of Claims Professionals (fka "Excess/Surplus Lines Claims Association").
David graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also studied English literature at Oxford University. Before starting his practice, David served as a law clerk in the US District Court for the SDNY and, later, as a District Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, where he tried 19 cases to verdict.