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David Alan Harley

also known as Harley Law, LLC

About me

David is licensed and member of the Bar in South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois and United States Supreme Court.

David represents teachers and administrators and individuals in employment matters and parents and students in IDEA/special education matters, 504 plans, student rights, suspension, expulsion, discipline, and civil rights.


As the son of a minister, David lived in every corner of South Carolina as a child. After graduating from Furman University, David worked for US Senator Fritz Hollings, eventually leaving after the Senator's re-election to get his JD from USC Law School. Immediately after law school, David clerked for US District Court Judge Cameron Currie. David began his private practice in 1997 in Chicago with a boutique law firm, Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd., that primarily represented school boards and municipalities in the Midwest, in all areas of the law from labor and employment to construction law to contracts to special education to litigation to student residency. Eventually David transitioned from Scariano to become the General Counsel for one of his clients, the Special Education District of Lake County, the largest special education cooperative in Illinois, comprised of 36 school districts. David also worked as Of Counsel for many years for Hinshaw and Culbertson, a large national law firm, in the education law practice as their lead special education attorney. In that capacity, David represented one of the largest school districts in Illinois, Waukegan Community School District, as well as some of the smallest suburban and rural school districts such as St. Anne's School District. Prior to moving back to Charleston, SC, David also represented day-care and after school programs, churches, camps and private therapy firms. In recent years, using his experience representing schools, David transitioned to representing teachers and administrators in employment matters and parents and students in IDEA/special education matters, 504 plans, student rights, suspension, expulsion, discipline, and Civil Rights. David also handles employment matters for individuals and small businesses. 


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Practice areas


  1. Education: 30%
    19 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
    19 years
  3. Civil Rights: 15%
    19 years
  4. Discrimination: 15%
    19 years
  5. Administrative Law: 15%
    19 years



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  • Dale Ernest Akins

    David is a very smart guy with a lot of enthusiam. Outstanding lawyer with a high level of skill and very ethical. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Harley Law, LLC

6 Amherst St
Harley Law Llc
Charleston, SC, 29403-5609


SCGood Standing199711/12/2015
ILVoluntarily Inactive199811/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalHarley Law, LLC2007 - Present
Of CounselScariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd2005 - 2007
Of CounselHinshaw & Culbertson, LLP2001 - 2005
General CounselSpecial Education District of Lake County1999 - 2006
AttorneyScariano, Himes and Pertrarca1997 - 1999
ClerkUnited States District Court For The District Of South Carolina1996 - 1997
Field ManagerUnited States Senate, Sen. Ernest F. Hollings1989 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2015 - Present
Board Of Trustees, Grace United Methodist ChurchPresident2003 - 2004
South Carolina Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Furman UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Association of School Boards Joint Annual Conference 2004Special Ed Cooperatives: Communication and Cooperation2004