HARRISBURG (April 29, 2016) - Luzerne County lawyer David E. Schwager, a partner in the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Chariton, Schwager & Malak, will begin a third one-year term as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting May 13 in Hershey.
Schwager served from 2010 until 2013 as the PBA zone governor for Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. Schwager is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the PBA, and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He serves as chair of the PBA Bylaws Committee. He is a past chair of the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and a past chair of its Financing of Real Estate Committee and Real Estate Taxation Committee. A member of the PBA House of Delegates, Schwager previously served as chair of the PBA Statutory Law Committee. He also is a life fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.
Schwager's practice focuses on real estate, title insurance, real estate taxation, business law, commercial litigation, municipal law and creditors' rights. Named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2010, he is a member of the Advisory Committee on Real Property Law of the Joint State Government Commission of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He is serving a second consecutive three-year term on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania of which he is vice chair. He is a past vice chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. He is the treasurer of the Middle District (PA) Bankruptcy Bar Association. A member of the executive committee of the Luzerne County Bar Association, he also served as a past president of the Luzerne County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
A past assistant district attorney for Luzerne County, Schwager is chair of the Kingston Borough Zoning Hearing Board and an assistant Luzerne County solicitor and has represented various municipal authorities and municipalities.
Schwager serves as president of the B'nai B'rith Apartments Housing Foundation, chair of the board of trustees of Temple Israel in Wilkes-Barre and treasurer of Ecumenical Enterprises Inc. He is a member of the board of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, a past president of the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley, Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre, the S.J. Strauss Lodge of B'nai B'rith and the Wyoming Seminary Alumni Association. He served as chair of the United Hebrew Institute School Board and the 2007 Jewish Federation campaign.
Schwager is a graduate of Lafayette College and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. He served on the executive committee of the Lafayette College Alumni Association and on the board of the General Alumni Association of The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. He is admitted to practice law in all of the state courts of Pennsylvania as well as the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.