David has been a friend of HWMG since its founding in 2004. Now retired from the US Navy JAG Corps reserve, he recently returned from an extended State Department assignment overseas, complementing a career built on shepherding people and small businesses through legal quandaries in and out of the courtroom, litigating and trying cases in state and federal courts and agencies, and advising individuals and commanders. He is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to represent parties in adult guardianship matters, and is an accredited Veterans Administration claims attorney. Honors from private practice include induction into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Judge Walter E. Hoffman Award from the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association.
Through nearly thirty years in the legal profession and before, David’s precept has been to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. David earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from Tulane University and his Bachelor of Arts in 1984 from Northwestern University, majoring in Linguistics, having transferred in 1982 from Carleton College. A lifetime learner, David most recently studied at Oxford University as part of the Master of Laws program he currently is pursuing at Regent University, and also has earned an Executive Certificate in leadership from Harvard University. Fluent in French, David enjoys travelling the world-over, and has two adult children: a daughter who is a social media marketing executive in Sydney, Australia; and a son who is a welder/metal fabricator in Norfolk, and U.S. Army combat veteran.