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Francis E. McGovern

Francis E. McGovern

Duke Law

Durham, NC, USA


Francis McGovern (B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia). Professor McGovern, a tenured professor of law at Duke Law School, is a practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution and complex litigation. He was among the first in the nation to write about and to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques to improve the litigation process. As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, he has developed solutions in most of the significant mass claim litigation in the U.S., including the DDT toxic exposure litigation in Alabama, the Dalkon-Shield controversy, and the silicone gel breast implant litigation. Working with the United Nations Compensation Commission, which was established to ensure that Iraq compensates citizens, businesses and government agencies for losses suffered in the first Persian Gulf War, Professor McGovern is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association.

Professor McGovern is the co-author of two published books, Successful Litigation Techniques and The Preparation of a Product Liability Case, and is the author of over 75 law review articles. Professor McGovern's most widely known contribution to the scholarship in complex litigation is his development of the seminal concept of "maturity" in mass torts–a concept generally accepted as critical in analysis of mass torts. He has given over 50 speeches in the last two years to academics, judges, and lawyers on issues ranging from international dispute resolution to an update of the law of product liability.
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