Francis E. McGovern (D)

Professor of Law
Duke University College of Law
Durham, NC 27708

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Prof. Francis E. McGovern passed away on February 14, 2020.

Prof. Francis McGovern is the recipient of the ACCTM 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor McGovern has the unusual ability to integrate practical experience, abstract thinking, and teaching which has earned him the "triple crown" in the legal community as premier practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Recognized October, 2002, by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators in receiving the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed into the College as an Emeritus Fellow.

MEMBER: 2002



In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Professor McGovern was among the first in the nation to write about and to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques to avoid or improve the litigation process.

Two decades later, the federal judiciary, many state courts, and institutions around the world, such as the United Nations, all see his guidance on practical and conceptual issues in dispute resolution. His name is virtually synonymous with "mass claim" litigation - - the often tens of thousands of tort claims arising out of a major disaster or major product liability issue.

As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, he has developed solutions in most of the significant mass claim litigation in Alabama, the Dalkon-Shield controversy, and his current work involving the silicone gel breast implant litigation.

Countries outside the United States now are recognizing the effectiveness of Professor McGovern's work. Working with United Nations Compensation Commission, which was set up to ensure that Iraq compensates citizens, businesses and government agencies for losses suffered in the Persian Gulf War, Professor McGovern is helping construct a legal framework for handling the 2.6 million claims for reparations from Iraq. He also is developing a transnational ADR center in Europe to handle torts, including silicone gel breast implants and HIV infected blood cases, that cross national boundaries.

A prolific writer, Professor McGovern is the co-author of two published books, Successful Litigation Techniques and The Preparation of a Product Liability Case, and two books in progress, Toxic Substances Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Both practitioners and scholars rely on his writing for its integration of extensive practical experience with conceptual analysis of fundamental problems in dispute resolution and complex litigation. Professor McGovern's most widely known contribution to the scholarship in this area is his development of the seminal concept of "maturity" in mass torts--a concept generally accepted as critical in analysis of mass torts.


B.A., 1967, Yale University
J.D., 1973, University of Virginia
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