David Walker is a member of the firm’s Education Practice Group. David focuses his practice on the unique legal needs confronting educational agencies throughout Pennsylvania, including school districts, intermediate units and career and technology centers. As a school solicitor, David supports educational agencies in all areas of general school law.
David regularly advises school boards and administrators on all facets of public-sector employment law and labor relations. This experience includes ensuring employer compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. David also assists in collective bargaining with labor unions, and regularly guides school boards through the grievance/arbitration process.
Employment and labor work is often diverse and varied, and David’s experience reflects that. He’s negotiated union contracts and regularly provides guidance on labor relations in the private sector, counseled clients in best-practice compliance with federal employment laws, represented clients in employment litigation, performed policy and handbook reviews and conducted presentations both for lawyers and human resources directors on emerging issues impacting labor and employment. He's been a lead negotiator during collective bargaining for both private and public sector employers, and then assited employers with the implementation of the agreements. He has experience in the grievance and arbitration process, from negotiating settlements to first-chair during arbitration hearings. He advises employers on the rights of organized labor, and has handled administrative proceedings before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
David's practice includes providing significant support for the business needs of educational agencies. This experience includes drafting, revising and negotiating contracts, ensuring compliance with public-bidding requirements and responding to bid disputes. Further, David provides business services for joint purchasing boards and health care cooperatives, and routinely counsels school business managers on issues related to employee benefits.
Prior to attending law school, David was an eighth grade special education teacher in Chester County, Pennsylvania. David uses his degree in special education, along with his teaching experience, to support the student services and special education needs of educational agencies. In particular, David advises clients on issues of student discipline and student rights, and regularly advises clients on issues related to special education due process hearings.
David earned his law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington, DE, where he was an Associate Editor of the Widener Law Review. While attending law school, David interned with the Delaware Superior Court, and completed externships with the Delaware House of Representatives and the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior to entering private practice, David served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald R. Totaro of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.