Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
David A. Reiser focuses his practice on appellate litigation.
He has briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and briefed or argued cases in numerous federal courts of appeals and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. David is also regularly called upon to assist other lawyers in preparing for oral arguments in the Supreme Court and appellate courts.
David devotes a substantial portion of his time to pro bono matters, and he was recognized by the American Bar Association with its Pro Bono Publico award in 2010 and by the District of Columbia Legal Aid Society as a Servant of Justice in 2006.
David provides training to lawyers and legal assistance to low-income families through the Barbara B. McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project of the Legal Aid Society, in addition to drafting amicus briefs and assisting lawyers in many other pro bono cases.
David has taught appellate litigation at George Washington University Law School as a visiting professor. His recent appellate work spans a broad range of issues from federal preemption, to Native American sovereignty, to housing regulation, to Article III standing.
Before coming to Zuckerman Spaeder, David served in the Clinton administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as general counsel and special litigation counsel for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, where he briefed and argued appeals, tried numerous homicides and other serious felony cases, litigated class actions and other complex matters, and advised the agency on ethics, contractual, and personnel issues. He graduated from Yale Law School and Yale College, summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.