David M. Walker


  • Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • West Chester University, B.S.E.D., summa cum laude


  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Related Industry


  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2019, 2020)


  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • “Legal Updates”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (May 2020)
  • “Connecting with Families”, Capital Area Intermediate Unit Special Education Advisory Council (May 2020)
  • “Connecting with Families”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Special Education Advisory Council (May 2020)
  • “The New Horizon of Student Mental Health: Fostering Student Resilience”, LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (April 2020)
  • “Emerging Issues at the Intersection of Student safety and Education”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Crisis Summit Conference (November 2019)
  • "Top 10 HR Myths", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • "Mock Investigation in the #MeToo Era", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • “Mental Health Services as a Component of FAPE: Liability Exposure Under the IDEA and Section 504”, LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (May 2019)
  • "Navigating Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act and the Creation of a New Protected Class", 2017 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (April 2017)
  • "Investigating and Responding to Student Sexualized Conduct", LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (April 2018)
  • "Medical Marijuana", Lincoln Intermediate Unit HR Directors (April 2018)
  • "Student Sexualized Conduct", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (February 2018)
  • “FLSA Overview Workshop”, Capital Area Intermediate Unit (November 2017)
  • "Developing Effective Responses to Inappropriate Sexualized Conduct and Behaviors Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences", 38th annual National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (April 2017)
  • "Update on Foster Student Transportation Requirements", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (January 2017)
  • "Workplace Bullying: Applying School Law in an Employment Context", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • ”Recent Trends, Hot-Button Issues & Training Essentials” (April 2016)
  • "Administrative Retreat: Background Clearances Process & Procedure" (2015).
  • "Approaching Parental Disagreements: LEA Obligations", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2015)
  • "Effective IEP Development and Implementation", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2014)
  • "Student Services Top Ten Year in Review (2014)
  • "How, Why & When: Discipline of Students with Exceptionalities", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • "Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues" (2013)
  • "Hot Topics in Collective Bargaining" (2012)

Community Involvement

  • CASA of Lancaster County, board member
  • 100 Men Who Care - Lancaster, former planning committee member
  • Musser Park Civic Association, former board member
  • Lancaster Bar Association, 2015 chair of Young Lawyers' Section
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, board member
  • Leadership Lancaster, ACHIEVE committee member
  • Leadership Lancaster, 2014 graduate

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David M. Walker

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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.


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