Michael McGovernAttorney & Founder of TowLawyer.com
Michael McGovern’s roots are in towing. He drove a tow truck for his family’s towing business on nights, weekends and summers while attending the University of Tennessee College of Business, from which he graduated with honors, and later the UT College of Law.
Over the past 30 years Michael has represented hundreds of towing companies throughout the United States and has litigated major cases from New York to California. He has handled lawsuits involving government towing regulations, discrimination or other unfair treatment in law enforcement towing, roadside injuries to tow truck drivers, police towing contracts, storage lien disputes, rate regulation, and a wide variety of other towing matters.
Michael is a member of the bar of eight of the twelve federal circuit courts of appeal and has twice appeared before the United States Supreme Court on towing cases. He was the successful attorney on many landmark towing cases, including the O’Hare Truck Service case, in which rotation towing companies were shielded from political retaliation. He also served as general counsel of the national towing association for 12 years.
Michael has contributed to the popular “Legaleze” column in Tow Times magazine for over 20 years. His 2011 book “Towing and the Law” (available at www.towtimes.com) is the recognized reference book on legal issues in the towing industry. He is also the only attorney ever to be inducted into the International Towing Hall of Fame.
Throughout his career, Michael has been an outspoken advocate for the legal rights of towing companies. Outside his work in the towing industry, he is also an accomplished trial attorney in criminal defense, civil and business litigation, and personal injury. The McGovern Law Firm is located in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Nicholas Porto is from Kansas City, Missouri. Upon graduating from law school in 2004, Porto went to work for a local litigation firm and was promptly assigned a file involving a tow company that was being prosecuted for overcharging violations. By the conclusion of the case (which was successfully resolved), Porto had become well versed with laws and regulations specific to the tow industry and been introduced to attorney Michael P. McGovern. Porto then wrote an article about this case for the Tow Times and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 2011, he founded The Porto Law Firm, which primarily focuses on legal issues specific to the towing industry. Porto currently represents nearly every towing company within shouting distance of Kansas City and has represented towing companies throughout the United States.
In 2013, Porto obtained a landmark recovery for the family of a young tow operator who was tragically killed while in the line of duty. Since this time, Porto has been a frequent advocate for enhanced Move Over Laws for tow operators and other emergency workers on the roadway. He is also a frequent contributor to the Tow Times and speaker at tow shows throughout the United States. More information about Nick and the Porto Law Firm can be found at www.portolaw.com.