Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.A. 1988), Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D. 1991).

Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Municipal Law, Commercial and Corporate Litigation and Counseling, Environmental, and Commercial Real Estate.

Admitted: New York State Supreme Court, Second Department, March 1992; United States District Court, Southern District of New York 1994; United States District Court, Eastern District of New York 1999; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2010.


A founding partner of the firm, Mr. McGovern possesses over 20 years of experience in labor and employment law in the public and private sectors, including advising clients on federal and state wage, hour and labor laws. Additionally, Mr. McGovern has extensive litigation experience in both Federal and State courts representing clients in a wide range of substantive areas including: commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, corporate dissolution, negligence defense, insurance coverage issues, municipal law, and employment law. Mr. McGovern also possesses extensive experience in advising both corporate and individual clientele in business law and asset protection, through strategic planning, corporate structuring and governance, as well as navigation through many labor and employment issues. Mr. McGovern’s municipal and public sector experience derives from his representation of the County of Westchester as a Senior Assistant County Attorney in the Litigation Bureau. Mr. McGovern represented the County of Westchester, its agents, and employees, in numerous litigation matters before federal courts, state courts, the Public Employer Relations Board (“PERB”), and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). Mr. McGovern and the firm currently represent the County of Westchester in several litigations pending in federal court. Prior to the formation of Lyons McGovern LLP, Mr. McGovern served as a Senior Litigation Associate with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP), a prominent international law firm. As Senior Litigation Associate with Bingham, Mr. McGovern represented many large international financial and banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and other large domestic and international corporations. Mr. McGovern is a member of the Federal Bar Council and its Labor and Employment Section; the New York State Bar Association and its Labor and Employment and Municipal Law Sections; and the Westchester County Bar Association. Mr. McGovern is a member and a former Vice President of the Brehon Law Society of Westchester County and is an active member of the Westchester County Association. Mr. McGovern serves on several Boards including the Board of Directors for Kendal On Hudson, New York; the Sejong Korean Cultural Education Center, and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Board serving as Vice-President. Mr. McGovern currently serves as Village Justice for the Village of Tarrytown, New York. Mr. McGovern resides in Tarrytown with his wife Anita and their four children.