David P. Whitman

T: (401) 421-2154

F: (401) 521-7040


David is a leading attorney in New England in the area of insurance coverage, achieving excellent results for his clients in his role as both a litigator and as general counsel. He concentrates in the area of insurance coverage, with particular emphasis on coverage afforded under automobile liability, general liability, life and health insurance, medical malpractice policies and self-insured plans. He has also represented healthcare entities in successfully securing reimbursement from insurers providing Directors and Officers insurance coverage and excess coverage as to professional malpractice claims.

David serves as General Counsel to the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association of Rhode Island. In addition, he advises a number of major health care institutions in Rhode Island as to their insurance programs, including Lifespan Risk Services, Inc. which manages the Lifespan Malpractice Plan providing self-insurance coverage for Lifespan Corporation, the largest healthcare institution in Southeastern New England. He has had extensive trial experience, in federal and state courts, and in hearings before the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Rhode Island.


Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Claims Court

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury


  • Brown University, B.A.
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Rhode Island Association of Defense Trial Counsel (DCRI)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to “Best Lawyers in America” in 2013 for his work in the area of insurance law
  • Fellow, Rhode Island Bar Foundation
  • Dan Carter – Earl Tedrow Memorial Award, Washington University School of Law
  • AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell*

Interests and Community Involvement

David is an avid outdoorsman and active member of his parish community. He is also a voracious reader and history enthusiast.