White to receive MBA President's Award at May 4 Annual Dinner

Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017
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David W. White

The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor Past President David W. White with the MBA President's Award at the May 4 Annual Dinner. The President's Award is bestowed upon those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of the MBA, to the preservation of MBA values, to the success of MBA initiatives and to the promotion of the MBA's leadership role within the legal community of Massachusetts.

A tireless advocate for lawyers and consumer rights, White has long been a leader in the Massachusetts legal community. A partner at Breakstone, White & Gluck in Boston, White specializes in personal injury and insurance law.

"David is someone who never stops giving back to the legal community," said MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano. "In the years leading up to and then following his presidency of the MBA, David has been generously giving of his time. In particular, his continuous leadership of the MBA Annual Dinner Committee, which this year achieved unprecedented success, ensures that the MBA remains the commonwealth's 'Preeminent Voice of the Legal Profession.' I am so deeply grateful for his leadership and his friendship. This award is so well deserved!"

While serving as MBA president from 2007-08, White formed the Drug Policy Task Force, which made numerous recommendations for criminal sentencing reform and drug treatment in Massachusetts. He also led the Lawyers' Eco-Challenge, encouraging law firms to fight global warming by changing their office energy use and recycling practices. He has been involved in several MBA section councils, educational programs and annual conferences.

Over the past 30 years, White has been honored numerous times for his achievements. He has been recognized on the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers list and the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. For the past 13 years, he has been consistently selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list as a top personal injury lawyer for plaintiffs. He also received the President's Award from the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2008.

In 2013, White led Breakstone, White & Gluck in launching its Project KidSafe campaign, which has since donated more than 10,000 helmets to children in Massachusetts. For this work, White was recognized in 2014 as a Volunteer of the Year by Boston Bikes, a City of Boston program.

White is also commissioner of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. He was appointed to this statewide commission in 2015. The commission is dedicated to improving legal services to Massachusetts residents in need.

A Westwood resident, White has served on numerous boards and commissions, and advocated for safety and preservation of open space. He founded the non-profit Westwood Land Trust and currently serves on its board. He is also a member of the Westwood Democratic Committee. White is a past member of the Westwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee and of the Westwood Sewer Commission.