David S. Kovsky


  • David S. Kovsky
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1960

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
  • Duane Morris LLP
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4086

New York City Phone Number:  +1 212 471 1825

David S. Kovsky practices in the area of trusts and estates law, focusing on advising individuals and families on a full spectrum of complex estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, closely held businesses (limited liability companies, limited partnerships and business succession planning), tax-exempt organizations, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning, gift and estate tax return preparation, and multi-generational wealth transfer planning.

Mr. Kovsky's clients are business owners, executives and professionals in a broad array of private and public companies. He has experience representing clients involved in the real estate, technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, private equity and hedge funds, transportation and energy industries. He routinely advises clients with respect to pre-transaction gift and estate tax planning (including pre- and post-IPO planning), as well as transfers of carried interests and promotes.

In addition to working with individuals and families directly, Mr. Kovsky provides outside counsel services to single and multi-family offices. Through the representation of multiple generations, he takes a long view of wealth preservation and wealth transfer planning that incorporates each family's core set of values and helps them achieve their goals in a tax efficient way.

Mr. Kovsky is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law (LL.M., 2006), Tulane Law School (J.D., 2005) and the University of Michigan (B.A., 2002).

Areas of Practice

  • Private Client Services

  • Public & Private Companies

  • Real Estate Owners & Developers

  • Technology

  • Life Sciences

  • Family Offices, Banks, & Trust Companies


  • Pennsylvania
  • New York


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M. (Tax), 2006
  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 2005
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2002


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2019-present
  • Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
    - Partner, 2014-2019
  • Chamberlain Hrdlicka
    - Senior Counsel, 2012-2014
  • Cozen O’Connor
    - Associate, 2009-2012
  • WolfBlock LLP
    - Associate, 2006-2009

Professional Activities

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    - Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Philadelphia Estate Planning Council

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Philadelphia Super Lawyers, 2017-2020

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute

  • MS Society
    - Leaders Circle