David Gonçalves Fernandes

David Gonçalves Fernandes

Senior Associate Mexico City, Mexico

David is a Senior Associate in Kennedys’ Mexico office as well as Director of Recoveries. He qualified in Venezuela in 2005 and is a MEcon candidate in Foreign Trade and Integration at the University of Buenos Aires. He joined Kennedys in 2017.

As Director of Recoveries, David is responsible for subrogation and recovery actions from notice to closure and a non-judicial basis against local and international parties. David is well-versed in setting subrogation and recovery strategies in both marine claims (cargo) and property and casualty losses (large & complex). He also has strong experience solving coverage disputes and  advising in matters relating to insurance.

David has worked extensively  in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. He is a native Spanish and Portuguese speaker with full professional proficiency in English.


  • Qualified in Venezuela in 2005

David Gonçalves is a growing lawyer and has been able to enrich his knowledge of reinsurance to complement his experience in recoveries.

The Legal 500 Latin America 2021

Work highlights

  • Successful case handling, turning down general liability limitation dictated under Mexican law.
  • Handling of liability claims associated to medical trials.
  • Successfully managed and supervised an injunction action filed against the appellant, following which it was confirmed the condemning of the total claim amount paid by the insurance company, therefore dismissing the carrier’s petition to limit their liability according to the local law.
  • Handling and adjusting of liability claims in respect of a petrochemical plant under construction.
  • Supervision of local lawyers in respect of a subrogation lawsuit. This included the supervision of the non-judicial negotiation of the claim, improving the recovery significantly from the liability limitation alleged by the defendants in a United States District Court.
  • Partnering with directors & officers in respect to government accounts in Central America.


Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Insurance (Mexico)'

The Legal 500 Latin America 2021

Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 LATAM 2021