About David Concannon
David Concannon is an attorney and explorer with nearly 40 years of experience as a scuba diver and over 25 years as a trial lawyer in courtrooms around the United States. David has lost only one trial in his legal career, his first, and he didn’t like it. He has not lost another trial since 1995.
David has spent a lifetime in and under the water. He started diving at the age of 14, first in a lake in New Hampshire, then in mud holes in western Pennsylvania, before graduating to the ocean and becoming a “New Jersey wreck diver” in the late 1980s. He explored lots of shipwrecks, but he never saw a fish from more than six inches away until he found his way to the Caymans in 1993. Since then, he has dived in clear water all over the world.
An avid explorer, David has sailed the Beagle Channel, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, dived 16,000 feet deep in the Bermuda Triangle, recovered artifacts from the Titanic, and led the expeditions that found and recovered the Apollo F-1 engines that launched men to the moon. He regularly advises clients on “the business of exploration” through his company, Explorer Consulting, LLC.
David is an expert in the legal issues affecting exploration, diving and technical diving. He has served as legal counsel to private salvors, scientists, governments, filmmakers, training agencies, explorers and equipment manufacturers. He has been General Counsel to a number of organizations, including The Explorers Club, X-Prize Foundation, Professional Shipwreck Explorers Association, Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeology Team, Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences, and the Rebreather Education & Safety Association. David’s law firm, Concannon & Charles, represents clients throughout the diving industry.