David Magee


David Magee is a Partner in the Professional Practices, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law Groups at Donovan Hatem.  He represents a wide range of professional design, industrial, manufacturing, energy and construction clients operating across many sectors, assisting them in navigating the legal landscape before, during, and after their projects. David’s background as an engineer at an ENR Top 25 Design Firm prior to his legal career enables him to quickly distill complex technical information to focus and evaluate the legal issues and risk to his clients’ businesses.

Major Projects

David regularly advises designers, contractors and joint ventures during their pursuit of major P3 and design-build infrastructure projects. He is an experienced advocate, skilled at handling all of the issues that can arise at the stages of a project from procurement to claim resolution and is well versed in negotiating all types of contracts and the methods of project delivery, including GC/CM contracts, design-build agreements, and teaming agreements. David provides preventive legal counsel to help clients achieve their business goals with an eye toward minimizing legal risk and expense.

David’s legal experience includes public and private works projects including power generation facilities (gas turbine, wind, solar, fuel cell), energy exploration projects (GOM, Permian), industrial and manufacturing facilities, water treatment facilities, pipelines, airports, cargo ports, school facilities, mass transit, roads, bridges, tunneling, vertical construction, environmental remediation and other heavy construction projects. David has handled litigation in the state and federal courts, and has participated in numerous mediations and arbitration hearings involving complex contract disputes.  David is experienced in guiding clients through strategic matters involving accidents, major losses, government investigations (DOJ, USCG, OSHA, MMS) and False Claims Act actions and claims in the energy, manufacturing and construction industries.

Intellectual Property

David further leverages his engineering background to assist clients on matters involving the development, acquisition and disposition of products and technologies as well as the capture, protection, enforcement and monetization of underlying intellectual property. As a registered patent attorney, David is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has been involved in all phases of intellectual property planning, procurement and enforcement (or defending against infringement).  David has practiced before the International Trade Commission (ITC), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), U.S. District Courts and a variety of mediation and arbitration hearing panels.

David assists his clients in securing their innovations and regularly counsels clients on information control, cloud migration, cybersecurity, privacy regulations and compliance including ITAR, EAR, and GDPR. He regularly works with business clients in negotiating and drafting commercial agreements including confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, development and distribution agreements, settlements, releases, product sale, software and service agreements.

Before joining Donovan Hatem LLP, David was an attorney in the Boston office of an AM Law 50 international law firm.