David S. Kovsky


  • David S. Kovsky
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1960
    New York City: +1 212 471 1825

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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

David S. Kovsky is Vice Chair of the firm's Private Client Services Practice Group. Mr. Kovsky practices in the area of trusts and estates law, advising individuals and families on a full spectrum of complex estate planning matters, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, closely held businesses (limited liability companies, limited partnerships and business succession planning), tax-exempt organizations, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, and multi-generational wealth transfer planning.  Mr. Kovsky also advises individuals and corporate fiduciaries with respect to complex estate and trust administration matters.

Mr. Kovsky's clients are business owners, executives and professionals in a broad array of private and public companies. He has experience representing clients that have built significant family wealth in technology, life sciences, medical devices, real estate, manufacturing, private equity and hedge funds. He routinely advises clients with respect to pre-transaction gift and estate tax planning (including pre- and post-IPO planning), qualified small business stock planning, carried interest planning and the unique estate planning issues for Section 16 insiders.

Through the representation of multiple generations, Mr. Kovsky 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 an understandable and tax efficient manner.

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