Mr. Barton concentrates his practice in civil litigation, business disputes, surety and fidelity bond matters, and decedent's estates. Attorney Barton also regularly represents clients concerning complex commercial real estate development and probate and estate litigation.
Attorney Barton is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania state courts, the federal courts in the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His practice includes matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts, both locally, regionally, and nationally. As a trial attorney, he has tried civil cases to verdict and obtained relief for his clients through summary judgment, motion practice, trial, and settlement. He is a member of the Surety Claims Institute, an invitation-only professional association in the surety and fidelity bond industry.
Mr. Barton has also served as a Magisterial District Judge in Allegheny County since 1996. Magisterial District Judges serve as courts of initial jurisdiction in criminal matters, where they conduct arraignments, set bail, determine whether the evidence is sufficient to require a trial, issue search and arrest warrants, and adjudicate criminal and civil cases.
In 2022, Judge Barton was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as a member of the newly created Judicial Ethics Advisory board, advising state court jurists on ethics matters. He previously served on Pennsylvania's Court of Judicial Discipline, including as its President Judge. From 2015 to 2021, he worked to create and guide the Pennsylvania judiciary's language access program, ensuring access to our courts for limited-English proficient court-users.
David serves as Solicitor for the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania. He has authored and presented numerous training sessions for judges, lawyers, industry and trade groups, and has authored and lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and private CLE providers to audiences ranging from refugee populations to the bench of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Duquesne University School of Law (Juris Doctorate), 1997
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