For more than four decades, David S. Pollock has practiced family law to help individuals and families as they transition through tough times. He is a founding member of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC and was previously a partner and head of the Matrimonial Law Group at Reed Smith LLP. David focuses on the economics of premarital agreements, separation, divorce, unmarried partners, equitable distribution, support and alimony, as well as estate planning, business and family succession planning as an adjunct to his family law practice. He works with both traditional divorces, and large cases that require complex business valuation, framing of assets, net disposable income, taxation and all aspects of complicated financial matters involved in such cases. David works closely with his clients’ accountants and other attorneys to achieve their goals.
David sees the roots of his desire to practice law in his family’s history of helping people. His father was a general practice physician and his mother was a social worker whose focus included marriage and divorce issues. He learned from them the value of taking care of individual people and families. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to Judge Maurice Louik in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Civil Division, doing civil jury and nonjury trial work and general practice, including divorce work in the Family Divisions and Domestic Relations sections of Western Pennsylvania. The enjoyment of family law stayed with him as he founded a law practice, practiced at Reed Smith and then founded Pollock Begg Komar Glasser LLC in 2001.
David admired his father’s 50-year career as a small town general practice physician and his uncle, who worked as a merchant for 50 years before retiring to pursue all of his pent-up interests, attending the Community College of Allegheny County from age 65 to 90 to become the first recipient of the Exceptional Student Award and one of the CCAC Boyce Campus dean’s advisors. His uncle became a well-known painter, and his uncle and aunt created, nurtured and fostered many community programs still active today. They reaffirmed in their daily lives to David and his family that family comes before anything else in the world, and that service to the community is paramount (a virtue his long-lived father and short-lived mother practiced in David’s home town).
In his spare time, David is very social and active and can often be found participating at Temple Sinai, the Jewish Community Center, around his neighborhood and in the community in a variety of volunteer activities. He and his wife (past president of Temple Sinai and past president of East End Cooperative Ministries), who is now retired from a nearly 40-year career in regional and economic development, enjoy travel and often coordinate trips with family law conventions and conferences around the United States and locales. They also frequently travel to New York City and Florida to be with their two sons, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters. With electronic capability, David stays connected to his clients, his practice and the firm.
David is a 1974 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law and a 1970 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (anthropology major and sociology minor), having commenced college at the end of his junior year of high school.
David is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania.
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