David L. Schwalm

Partner


David L. Schwalm

Partner & Co-Chair Labor and Employment Law Practice Group


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Mailing Address:

305 N. Front Street, 6FL
P.O Box 999
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0999


717.255.7643 (phone)
717.237.7105 (fax)


dschwalm@tthlaw.com
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Office Location(s):

Harrisburg


Related Professionals:

Rita J. Poling
Paralegal
rpoling@tthlaw.com
717.237.7154

Coleen M. Polek
Legal Secretary
cpolek@tthlaw.com
717.237.7139


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Dave has over 30 years of legal experience and concentrates his practice primarily in the defense of litigation against public and private entities and employers, involving issues of government liability, municipal liability, civil rights claims, and employment law.  Dave has appeared before most of the state's Common Pleas Courts and in the United States District Courts in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania and has handled appellate matters before the Pennsylvania appellate courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has also appeared before courts in West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.  In addition, he has handled employment matters before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  He has also written articles and made numerous presentations to clients and various other organizations in these areas of law. 

Dave previously served as a Director and President of the Halifax Area School Board, coached youth soccer, and was active with local scouting groups.


Education:

The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
J.D., 1980
Franklin and Marshall College,
B.A., 1977


Bar Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
Pennsylvania, 1980
Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1983
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002


Professional Associations, Memberships & Awards:
American Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Middle District of PA Chapter
Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee
Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Chairperson, Employment and Civil Rights Committee
Select Lawyers, 2014
Rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell


Professional Presentations:

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania – Annual Producers Meeting
Employment Practices Liability
October 29, 2014

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel and Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Spoke on the Sellers v. Abington case which was before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concerning the issue of police pursuits
June 3 and 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Children and Youth Solicitors Association
Constitutional Issues Concerning Children And Youth Services
March 29, 2012

Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
But It's MySpace: Electronic Communications in the Workplace
Dec. 13, 2011

Prison Personnel Workshop
County Commissioners Association of PA
November 10, 2009

E-Discovery, County Commissioners Association of PA Workshop
April 10 & June 11, 2008

Tort Immunity and Exclusive Remedy of the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act
KEYS Workshop conducted by the County Commissioners Association of PA (CCAP)
November 15, 2005

Speaker on Racial Profiling, Criminal Justice Senior Seminar Class at DeSales University
Class taught by Judge Emil Giordano of Northampton County CCP
September 12, 2005

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
Sexual Harassment Training
Nov. 1, 2011

PCPA Workers’ Compensation Trust Annual Meeting
Legal Perspectives on the Hiring, Training, and Managing of Employees that Provide Care to High Risk Populations
Oct. 28, 2011

TT&H Employment Law Seminar
What Did You Say? Retaliation Claims Under Federal and State Law
March 4, 2011

 

Professional Publications:

In Two Significant Decisions, The United States Supreme Court Addresses Employment Law Issues Regarding The Plaintiff's Burden of Proof in Retaliation Claims and Employer Liability for Supervisor Conduct
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Counterpoint, August 2013

Qualified Immunity for Non-governmental Employees Performing Services for Governmental Entities
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Counterpoint, August 2012

Indemnification, Duty to Defend and Subrogation in Government Contracts: Ignore at Taxpayers Risk
County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania County News, Nov/Dec. 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Civil Rights Issues that Benefit Governmental Entities
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Counterpoint, April 2009

PA County Courts Entitled to 11th Amendment Immunity for ADA Claim
Insurance Programs of the County Commissioners Assoc. of PA, Insurance Matters Newsletter December 2005

Access to the Courts and Courthouses by Disabled Persons
Insurance Programs of the County Commissioners Assoc. of PA, Insurance Matters Newsletter March 2005

Prison Litigation Update - Inmate Marriages and Strip Search Policies
Insurance Programs of the County Commissioners Assoc. of PA, Insurance Matters Newsletter 2004

United States Supreme Court Limits Qualified Immunity Defense for County Officials and Employees: Prison Employees on Notice of Constitutional Violations Even in Novel Factual Situations
Insurance Programs of the County Commissioners Assoc. of PA, Insurance Matters Newsletter
October 2002

Practical Tips and Recommendations for County Commissioners to Avoid Litigation and What To Do After Suit is Filed
Insurance Programs of the County Commissioners Assoc. of PA, Insurance Matters Newsletter January 2001