David J. Mongillo

As a former special education teacher and newspaper reporter, David has special insight on municipal and school law issues and advises public sector bodies on the diverse range of issues facing these clients.  David has a Masters Degree in Special Education from George Washington University, and regularly advises school district clients regarding special education issues including compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

David also has significant experience in litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Representative matters include:

  • Successful defense of a zoning appeal before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, upholding variances and conditional use approval granted by a municipality for development of a multi-million dollar fitness center
  • Successfully argued a labor arbitration matter before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, obtaining the replacement of an arbitrator who refused to clarify her arbitration award
  • Involved in litigation of several multi-million dollar complex commercial cases for private sector clients, in the areas of construction, banking and energy

 Areas of Practice: Municipal and School Law, Litigation

Articles and Presentations: David writes and lectures on public law issues, with an emphasis on special education law.

National Business Institute Seminar “Pennsylvania Special Education Law,” October 2016.

Memberships and Activities: David is a member of the Board of Directors of the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania.  He formerly volunteered as an attorney advisor for the mock trial team at Tyrone Area High School in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

Jurisdictions: David is admitted to practice throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Education and Background: David graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Prior to joining Tucker, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Daniel J. Milliron, Court of Common Pleas of Blair County, Pennsylvania.

Before entering law school, David spent several years as a high school special education teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, teaching students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Prior to that, he was a reporter at a newspaper in Northern Virginia.  David earned his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and his Masters in Special Education from the George Washington University.