David V. Dzara is an experienced business litigator, counselor, and advisor who has helped numerous clients with complex legal matters that impact their profitability, business operations, civil rights, and personal wealth.
Since joining Steve Harvey Law in 2014, David has focused his practice on commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, estate litigation, administrative proceedings, and business counseling.
He has successfully handled numerous matters on behalf of businesses and people involving breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; business torts; defamation; advancement of legal expenses for corporate officers; claims of employment discrimination and retaliation; restrictive covenants in employment agreements; confidentiality agreements; misappropriation of trade secrets; and estate matters, among others.
Prior to joining the firm, David practiced for six years at Pepper Hamilton LLP, where he gained significant experience representing clients in commercial litigation, products liability, and appellate matters.
At the start of his career, David clerked for one year for the Honorable Jerome O. Herlihy of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware. Subsequently, he clerked for three years for the Honorable Ronald D. Castille of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, serving as assistant chief staff attorney during the third year of his clerkship.
David maintains an active pro bono practice representing abused and neglected children in dependency court for the nonprofit Support Center for Child Advocates. He has served on the Support Center’s Board of Directors since 2016.
David is also an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Temple American Inn of Court.
“Den Norske Stats Oljeselskap As v. Heeremac Vof: Interpreting the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act to Determine Whether ‘A Claim’ Means ‘The Claim,’” 16 Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 411 (Fall 2002).
PRO BONO & PUBLIC SERVICE
David is a passionate pro bono advocate, representing abused and neglected children in dependency court for the nonprofit Support Center for Child Advocates. He has served on the Support Center’s Board of Directors since 2016 and is active in its fundraising efforts.
In an unusual pro bono case, David successfully represented a client in Orphans’ Court, obtaining an order declaring that the client was not deceased and rescinding the client’s erroneously issued death certificate.
In his community, David has served as treasurer of the Jordan Estate Homeowners Association since 2018. He has served on the association’s Board of Directors since 2012.
2007-2018 The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor
B.A. in Political Science and Economics and minor in History, 2000, magna cum laude, University of Delaware
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Honors Program
- President, Pre-Law Society
J.D. 2003, Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Associate Editor, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal
- Robert E. Lamberton Award
2003-04 Law Clerk to Hon. Jerome O. Herlihy, Superior Court of the State of Delaware
2004-07 Assistant Chief Staff Attorney / Law Clerk to Hon. Ronald D. Castille, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- “Elements of E-Discovery: Evidential Issues Related to E-Discovery,” Mercer County Bar Association, October 2014
- “Best Practices for Representing Children with Special Medical Needs in Dependency Court,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, September 2011