David L. Ferrera is a partner in the Litigation Department and chair of the Product Liability Litigation practice group. He is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Practice Area & Experience
David focuses his practice on complex civil disputes. He has trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts, and has represented clients at arbitrations and mediations in multiple forums. The majority of his practice is concentrated in the drug and medical device industries, with an additional emphasis in real estate and construction disputes.
Drug and medical device litigation. David currently represents a manufacturer of prosthetic knee, hip and spinal implants in cases around the country. He has also served as counsel in matters involving such diverse products as natural rubber latex gloves, contact lenses, contraceptive patches, DES, pediatric painkillers, quinolone antibiotics, migraine medication, and other pharmaceuticals. Through development of expert witnesses, he is versed in many fields of medical science, including orthopaedics, biomechanics, biomaterials, epidemiology, and pathology. In his multi-jurisdictional practice, he and his team also manage local counsel and third party discovery vendors, including preparation and analysis of large document productions in an era of electronic discovery.
David has appeared on New England Cable News (NECN) and had op-eds pieces published in The Boston Globe, The National Law Journal and Mass High Tech on issues involving drug and medical device litigation.
Commercial real estate and construction disputes. In addition to his representation of drug and medical device manufacturers, David has handled commercial real estate and construction disputes throughout his legal career, along with other general contract claims. His experience includes successfully trying before a state court jury a real estate contract dispute for a nationally known paper company; successfully trying before a state court jury a land damage claim for a residential homeowner; successfully representing a paper mill in an arbitration hearing involving breach of a construction contract; and successfully assisting the Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in connection with all claims arising from the alleged “sick building” status of the former home of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (the Ruggles Center).
David has co-authored numerous legal works, including a chapter entitled “Cross Examination” in the MCLE textbook Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy, and speaks at programs on legal issues to business professionals and in-house counsel.
Public Service Commitment
David is actively involved in public service initiatives throughout Greater Boston. He is currently Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, Inc. (LARC), a nonprofit organization that operates a free telephone legal hotline and completes intake screenings for Greater Boston Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (BBA). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the BBA that awards funds collected from the Massachusetts IOLTA Program and the BBA’s annual charitable ball. He is a past co-chair of the BBA’s Public Service Committee, the BBA’s Litigation Section Pro Bono Committee, and the Private Bar Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Equal Justice Coalition, which sponsors an annual “Walk to the Hill” for Civil Legal Aid legislation.
David served as Nutter’s partner responsible for Pro Bono matters from 2004-2006. In conjunction with the Volunteer Lawyers Project, he founded a program at Nutter in which summer associates represent individuals seeking compensation awards from the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance. He has also represented indigent residential tenants through a variety of pro bono projects.
During law school, David was a board member of the moot court and elected to the Order of Barristers. While attending the College of the Holy Cross, he was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society. After graduation he served as a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees from 1992-1994.