David Hassett

David F. Hassett

Contact Information
T. 508.791.6287                                      T.  617.892.6080
F. 508.791.2652                                      F.  617.345.6796
446 Main Street, 12th Floor                 125 Summer Street, 16th Floor
Worcester, MA 01608                            Boston, MA 02110


Mr. Hassett is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 30 years of courtroom experience. Before joining the firm, Mr. Hassett served as an Assistant District Attorney, Middle District, Worcester. He regularly appears in state and federal courts and has argued insurance coverage issues before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list (2006-2017). Further, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” (2012-2017) in the fields of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

His areas of practice include Civil Litigation, Toxic Tort Litigation (including lead paint, carbon monoxide, mold and asbestos), Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death, Insurance Coverage, Trucking Litigation, Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute (M.G.L. c. 93A) Litigation, Class Action Defense, Construction Litigation, Civil Rights Litigation and Professional Liability.

Mr. Hassett’s bar admissions include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, in 1984, and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1981.

He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Worcester County Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). In 2013, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MassDLA).

Select Cases / Wins

Appeals Court Affirms Defense Verdict in MVA / Verdict Not Against Weight of Evidence
Employer Not Vicariously Liable for Intoxicated Driver / Appeals Court Affirms Summary Judgment
Defense Verdict in Motor Vehicle Case / $2 Million Dollar Award Against Co-Defendant
Defense Verdict in Fatal Shooting Case
Defense Verdict – Motorcycle and Truck Collision with Claims of Permanent Disability
Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death at Paper Mill
Judge reduces $135K fee award request to $50,000
Hassett and Donnelly, P.C. Prevails on Behalf of Insurer Before Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Massachusetts SJC Denies Insurer’s Attempt to Recover Attorney Fees
Defense Verdict in Contract Case Involving Contested “Cut and Paste” Signature
Defense Verdict in Drag Racing Death
Hassett & Donnelly Obtains Judgment for Insurer in c. 93A Action
Defense Verdict – Carbon Monoxide and Memory Loss
Defense Verdict – Idling Trucks and Carbon Monoxide “Poisoning”
Defendant Insurance Company Dismissed from Multi-District Litigation Involving Chinese Drywall Cases
SJC Rules No Duty to Indemnify Ambulance Company Delayed by Auto Accident
Defense Verdict in Lead Paint Action – Working Without Crucial Evidence
Charitable Immunity – Death of a Child
Defense Verdict in Superior Court Trip and Fall Following Appeal of $245,000 District Court Judgment
Defense Verdict in Backyard Trampoline Case
Defense Verdict in “Road Rage” Assault and Battery Case
Defense Verdict in Bad Faith / 93A Action Stemming from Lead Paint Case
Defense Verdict / Plasterboard Fell on Plaintiff / Serious Injuries Alleged
Defense Verdict in Slip and Fall on Snow and Ice
Defense Verdict in Trip and Fall over Pallet Truck / Serious Injuries and Significant Lost Earning Capacity Claimed
Defense Verdict in Motor Vehicle / Motorcycle Accident with Serious Injuries
Defense Verdict in MVA with Serious Injuries
Defense Verdict in Re-trial in Hand Injury Case
Defense Verdict in Fall / Landscaper Fell in Hole / Serious Injuries
Defense Verdict in Slip and Fall on Municipal Property
Defense Verdict in Fall at Retail Store
Defense Verdict in Electrocution Death Case
Defense Verdict in Motor Vehicle Accident / Seat Back Broken During Impact
Defense Verdict in Rear End Motor Vehicle Accident
Defense Verdict in Motor Vehicle Accident / Hearing Loss Not Causally Related