Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP, Founder and Partner, 2005 – present
Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, 1987 – 2005
Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
Associate, 1987 – 1988
McCabe/Gordon, 1985 – 1987
Hale and Dorr, 1981 – 1985
David S. Godkin co-founded Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP in 2005. Mr. Godkin is a trial lawyer with nearly 40 years of experience litigating and arbitrating complex business and intellectual property disputes. He has a national practice, and has tried cases to juries, judges and arbitrators throughout the United States. He has argued appeals in federal and state appeals courts. Mr. Godkin is also an experienced arbitrator, and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Employment Panels, the FINRA Arbitration Panel, and the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
Mr. Godkin holds the highest (AV) rating given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has been selected as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” each year since 2004, based on ballots sent to 37,000 attorneys across Massachusetts by Law & Politics Magazine.
Mr. Godkin is involved in many community activities involving law and the arts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Rights and the University of Vermont Foundation. He has been actively involved as lead counsel in prominent pro bono matters involving education, fair housing discrimination, and racial violence. He received the Pro Bono Award in recognition of his work on one such case.
Georgetown University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
University of Vermont, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Phi Beta kappa
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1998
Lawyers for Civil Rights
Board of Directors and Executive Committee
University of Vermont Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Secretary