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Mr. Ferleger has decades of experience in resolving disputes for the benefit of thousands of individuals, as well as numerous organizations and government agencies. He believes in zealous representation and also is keenly aware of how important your case is to you.

He has argued five times before the Supreme Court of the United States, represented individuals and government agencies, taught law school, and has written, lectured and consulted nationally.

Mr. Ferleger has served federal courts, presiding over hearings and assisting courts as special master for nearly nine years in one recent case, and as court-appointed monitor in a large class action in another case. In that judicial capacity, he has brought parties to agreement on dozens of matters. In a written decision, a federal judge characterized his service this way: “The Special Master [David Ferleger] is a skilled judicial adjunct who has served the Court with balance and with fairness to the parties.” Mr. Ferleger is a founding member of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM), and on the publications committee for its Bench Book for judges.

Mr. Ferleger’s experience also includes representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including its Governor, in settling amicably five complex federal class action lawsuits, as well as representing individual and class plaintiffs in many other disputes, often reaching major structural change through discussion and negotiation, as well as judicial decisions.

Additional public service work has included inspection of facilities for the West Virginia Supreme Court's Juvenile Justice Committee, and assisting the National Institute of Mental Health, the State of Wyoming, the State of New Jersey, the National Disabilities Rights Network, and other bodies as well.

Mr. Ferleger has taught at the New York University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Writing has included book chapters, books of legal materials, law review articles, and popular magazine and newspaper articles.

He has visited programs in about 30 states and internationally. Mr. Ferleger has broad experience including, for example, areas such as civil rights, employment, academic and university disputes, disabilities, ADA, real estate, housing and investments.

His public speaking has ranged from an invited presentation for the United Nations Conference in Iceland, to testimony before the United States Senate, to plenary addresses, speeches and workshops at professional and consumer conferences coast to coast.

With caring, and with the benefit of skills accrued during decades of national experience, Mr. Ferleger brings the parties in your dispute to the courtroom or to the table with a plan designed to maximize the likelihood of success.

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA 1969; University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD 1972.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1972

  1. Civil Rights: 40%
    43 years
  2. Health Care: 35%
    43 years
  3. Education: 15%
    43 years
  4. Discrimination: 10%
    43 years

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Contact Info

David Ferleger Law Office

Suite 203
413 Johnson Street
Jenkintown, PA, 19046



Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in PA, 2005


    Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    David’s comment: “The suspension (the only sanction in decades of practice) was followed by reinstatement. If a reader desires further information, please contact me.”

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
David J. Vail National Advocacy AwardMental Health Association of Minnesota1983

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Special MasterSpecial Master - Federal Court1997 - 2006

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Academy of Court Appointed Special MastersEditorial Committee - Handbook for Judges2005 - Present
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesMember1990 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Halderman v. Pennhurst State School and HospitalCase was argued 3 times - US Supreme Court.
Institutonalized Juveniles v. Secretary of Public WelfareCase argued twice in US Supreme Court

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Publication NameTitleDate
Georgia State University Law ReviewThe Constitutional Right to Community Services2010
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities vol 46, no. 2:154-165Human Services Restraint: Its Past and Future2008
William Mitchell Law ReviewFerleger, Special Master Rules: Rederal Rule of Civil Procedure 53: The Role of Special Masters in the Judicial System, 2004 Special Masters Conference: Transcript of Proceedings2005
Mental and Physical Disability Law ReporterFerleger, Masters in Disability Litigation & Amended Rule 532005
Choice & Responsibility: Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Services for People with Mental DIsabilities (book)The Place of "Choice" (book chapter)1994
Western New England Law ReviewRights and Dignity: The Supreme Court, Congress and People with Disabilities After Pennhurst,1983

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD1972
University of PennsylvaniaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Arts1969

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The Association for the Severely HandicappedInteraction of Experts and Lawyers Regarding Community Integration2009