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David Seth Zuckerman

Criminal defense Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.9   21 reviews

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Experience handling a wide array of criminal cases ranging from attempted homicide, firearms possession, domestic violence, drugs/narcotics, theft, assault, sex assault, etc.

    14 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    35%
    All types of DUI cases involving Alcohol, Drugs, Prescriptions, Checkpoints and Chemical Test Refusals

    14 years, 500 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%
    All types of traffic offenses including suspended license violations, reckless/careless driving, overtaking school bus, speeding/safe speed violations, junior driver violations, and all offenses carrying points or license suspensions.

    14 years, 500 cases

My name is Dave Zuckerman, and I am a hard-working Pittsburgh DUI, criminal and traffic defense attorney. As an active trial attorney, I have served as lead counsel on approximately 60 jury and non-jury trials, and hundreds of preliminary hearings and summary trials.

What sets me apart from most other Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys is my experience working in all three phases of the criminal justice system: as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Court of Common Pleas (40th District), as an Assistant District Attorney with a near 80% conviction rate on jury trial litigation, and as a criminal/DUI defense attorney and founding attorney for the Zuckerman Law Firm, LLC.

As an Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney in the General Trial Unit, I handled the prosecution of approximately 150-300 criminal cases per year. As an area prosecutor, I litigated several hundred preliminary hearings in Magisterial District Courts throughout Allegheny County. During my time there, I provided guidance to police departments on conducting criminal investigations and making charging decisions.

As a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, I have been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer's Rising Star (2018-present) and as a Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers (2015-present). I'm also a member of the National College of DUI Defense, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association.

We represent individuals in Magisterial District Court and the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties on the following types of cases: 

  • All types of criminal cases, to include Aggravated and Simple Assault, Domestic Violence, Theft, Robbery, Firearms Offenses, Sex Crimes, Burglary/Trespass, Drug Possession, and Motor Vehicle Crimes
  • All types of DUI cases including Alcohol, Drugs (i.e. Marijuana, Prescription Medications, Opiates), Chemical Test Refusals, and Aggravated Assault While DUI/DUI with Injury
  • All types of traffic offenses, including Suspended License violations, Reckless and Careless Driving, Overtaking School Bus, Speeding (including School & Work zones), and all points or suspension based offenses; 
  • All types of non-traffic offenses including Underage Drinking, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness, Public Urination and similar violations. 

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Licensed for 14 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/08/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 10/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact David

Zuckerman Law Firm LLC
429 4th Avenue
1600 Law & Finance Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2020
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expungements
I went to Mr. Zuckerman seeking to have my criminal record expunged. I had numerous old charges that I wanted to be expunged. Mr. Zuckerman was very professional and advised me of how he would proceed. I was amazed at the personalized service that I received. Although, it took some time, due to the numerous charges that had to be expunged. Mr. Zuckerman was very detailed in his handling of my cases. All of my cases were expunged and my past criminal charges have been expunged. Thanks to Mr. Zuckerman and his staff. LC
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Response from David Zuckerman October 15, 2020
Thank you for your kind words. We're glad we were able to help, and wish you well.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2020
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True Thanks...
This was a case that David represented me on that I was sure I was cooked. I was caught driving without a license in my girlfriends car. My license was suspended for multiple DUI’s. Cops pulled me over for the tint on the windows and the tinted license plate. Long story short, I had no idea what to do or who to call, considering I was F****d in this. I googled best lawyers in Washington pa, and a few names came up. Talked to 2 different lawyers that accepted my case, but kept B.S.‘ing me when to meet and talk on my case. David was at the top of the list so I thought he’d be the most expensive. I looked at his outcome cases on his website and was like this is the guy. Answered my call on his cell phone, on the very first call, and said your good, I got you. He definitely did. He got my sh*t dropped from a dui suspended, which was a second offense, to a driving without a license. This guy saved my life. I hope he saves yours.
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Response from David Zuckerman October 15, 2020
We're equally thrilled that we were able to get this resolved for you, and appreciate your frank and honest comments. One of the most gratifying outcomes is helping someone get out of harm's way on traffic matters. We wish you all the best.
Posted by Nick | December 4, 2019
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Top notch attorney
Attorney Zuckerman is a great attorney got all four charges dismissed at preliminary hearing very happy with the outcome of this case.Would recommend 100 percent.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2019
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Knowledgeable! Relatable! 100% Dedicated! A true Partner!
I hired David Zuckerman for my first offense DUI case. I was contacted by a ton of different firms once I was charged. I had consulted with many and he left a lasting impression on me. The impression was that he not only understood my position with the DUI, but he was sincere and incredible empathetic. He mentioned to me that I would more than likely receive ARD with or without his help due to my lack of criminal background. However, he explained some of the benefits of hiring an attorney and how that would positively impact me. He was REAL. He was not selling me anything. He was himself through and though. I knew after that intial call that I needed him to represent me throughout he process. I was a "nervous-Nelly" from the beginning and he just eased every nerve. He was available to me day and night - every text, call, email - answered promptly. He eased all of my concerns. He was not only my attorney but he was my confidant. I would recommend Dave a thousand times over. I have absolutely nothing but great things to say.
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Posted by Dan Fitzgerald | September 18, 2019
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Extremely satisfied
I had a few legal issues come up and after researching local Attorney’s I decided to give Dave a call. I hired him immediately after speaking with him. Dave is honest, friendly and professional. He is very easy to reach and his rates are competitive. Dave gets the job done and does it well. I left my sentencing hearing very satisfied with the outcome. Dave would be the first Attorney I would recommend to anyone in need of a Criminal Defense or DUI Attorney. Thanks Dave!
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Posted by Melinda | February 25, 2019
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Top Notch!
I hired David Zuckerman to represent my brother for DUI charges for a 2nd DUI. My brothers track record was "not good." We had concerns of him facing serious time, and I believe he would have if it were not for the representation by Zuckerman Law firm. Zuckerman was quick to respond to written communications and returned phone calls promptly. His interactions are highly professional and he never made us feel dismissed or ignored in the way that other lawyers have. His written communication was easy to understand and spelled out all the confusing parts of the process so that it was clear to the layperson. He kept us well informed and reminded us of all important dates, those which required our attendance and those which we did not need to appear for. He is an effective and skilled lawyer who arrives well dressed and timely. We are very happy with the results of the case and highly recommend David Zuckerman! This was my first time hiring an attorney and I recognize how stressful the process is. I called around and Zuckerman came referred to me by someone within the industry. So if you are in need of strong representation, look no further! Hire him. You will be glad you did.
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Response from David Zuckerman June 29, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. We are grateful that everything worked out for your brother, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Posted by Filip | June 16, 2018
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DUI
I was charged with a DUI and Dave and his firm were able to help me resolve my legal problem in few weeks only, even though the process was supposed to last around 5-6 weeks. He was very professional and made sure that I understand everything. It was very easy to get a hold of him, either via email or phone. Most importantly, Dave charges a lower fee than most of the other attorneys that I consulted. I highly recommend Dave and the Zuckerman Law Firm.
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Response from David Zuckerman June 29, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. We hope all is well with you.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2018
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Great, affordable option for DUI cases
When I got my first DUI charge, I was extremely nervous and scared about the future. Dave Zuckerman was very helpful and gave me the much needed peach of mind to help me get through this obstacle in my life. Attorney's aren't cheap, but Dave was about $1500 less than other options I had explored. He was very professional, on time, and explained everything clearly. If you are looking for representation for your DUI case, Dave is the attorney for you.
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Response from David Zuckerman June 29, 2019
Thank you for your confidence in our firm's representation. Although we agree that hiring a lawyer is never an expense anyone wants to take on, we try and provide reasonable, competitive pricing.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2018
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Ms. Thankful
Attorney Zuckerman handled my case in the most professional manner. He listened to my side of the case and produced the best possible outcome. He saved me thousands of dollars along with my professional career. I could not be more pleased with the results of my case. Thank you Attorney Zuckerman.
Posted by Catherine | September 5, 2017
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High Recommendation
I hired David Zuckerman to represent me in a speeding case that, if found guilty, would have endangered my license. I was hesitant to hire an attorney unseen but, after reading his web site and recommendations from clients, moved forward. The entire process was as positive as could be. I was kept informed at each step and ended up with as good of a resolution as could be. I hope that I never need Mr. Zuckerman's services again but if I would, I would not hesitate to hire him again.
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Response from David Zuckerman June 29, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. We're grateful that your matter resolved favorably, and wish you the best.
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2017
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Outstanding!
I hired Dave Zuckerman to represent me in a driving on Suspended/ dui related case. I was facing an additional 1year license suspension, 90 days jail, and additional fines. I was so happy to find out that he got all of that dropped to a driving with out my license on me. That ticket was $25!!!!!!!!! Dave Zuckerman's knowledge, professionalism, and skill saved my life!!! God forbid you need a lawyer for something like I had to go through but if you are in need of one he is the guy for the job.
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Response from David Zuckerman June 29, 2019
We get the greatest satisfaction out of successfully helping individuals facing DUI related suspension offenses. The consequences are excessively harsh, and the legislature has only made the situation worse. We're glad this worked out for you and wish you the best.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Great job
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
He's excellent and went above and beyond the requirement. I am very pleased.
Posted by Mahesh | February 25, 2016
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Professional and Knowledgeable
Job well done in my case “Driving violation” and Dave saved me from 60 day suspension of my driving. I would recommend Dave, as his experience and knowledge towards cases might help you to overcome your case and situations
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2015
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Confidence
We used mr Zuckerman in a very important case involving someone close to me. I've had many lawyers that have done a great deal for me so I know what to look for in an attorney. Me Zuckerman. You really took great care of us. Best of luck.
Posted by Andrew | July 9, 2015
Outstanding Defense
David did an excellent job defending me in traffic court. His preparation for my case was thorough and he is easy to get a hold of. His savvy and knowledge of the system proved to be a tremendous asset, as I was facing a 6 month driving suspension and points on my license, but in the end only had to pay a fine. I certainly don't want to be in a situation where I need a lawyer ever again, but if I end up facing legal trouble in the future, I know where to turn.
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Posted by Robert | April 10, 2015
Excellent Attorney
My first-hand experience with Dave was excellent. He was very helpful, intelligent, proactive, dependable, honest and fair. I couldn't have asked for anyone better to help me through a very difficult process. Dave embodies all of the qualities a top notch attorney should possess. I would recommend Dave to anyone that needs excellent,experienced and affordable representation.
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Posted by jay | April 6, 2015
The best criminal Lawyer I ever knew
I retained David Zuckerman to represent me in a very confusing criminal matter. He not only got me a better outcome than I expected he did it in a much quicker time than I had expected.
Posted by Barry | February 8, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
I recently had the need to enlist David Zuckerman's services. He responded immediately to my call and handled the situation with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I would highly recommend this Law Firm.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2014
Professional and helpful
I had never been in trouble before until I was charged with possessing marijuana. As a college student, I was worried about the effect these charges would have on my record. Upon consulting with Dave, he took the time to explain all of the risks and alternatives, helping me feel more at ease. At the magistrate, Dave was able to negotiate a dismissal of the marijuana charge for a disorderly conduct plea and is working on expunging that charge from my record. I highly recommend this lawyer for defense services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Managing Attorney
  • Zuckerman Law Firm LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney (Criminal Defense, Personal Injury)
  • Private Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Indiana County Court of Common Pleas
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • PSU Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Com v. John Doe and Jane Doe
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • Com v. Jane Doe (Allegheny)
  • Plea to DUI for 4-day DUI Alternative to Jail Program. All drug charges dismissed. No jail time.
  • Com v. Jane Doe (Allegheny)
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • Super Lawyers - Pennsylvania
  • Rising Star
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Criminal Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Indiana County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Pennsylvania
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Sales - Highest Course Grade
  • CALI Excellence For the Future Award
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Crime, Law and Justice Seminar Speaker
  • Criminal Justice Seminar
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (35)
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Attorney David Zuckerman - an intelligent trial attorney who is widely respected in our legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Zuckerman has true litigation skills and a legal knowledge to back them up. I've known him for 10 years and would recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal defense or DUI attorney in the Pittsburgh area. Truly one of the best around."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Zuckerman is an intelligent, hard-working attorney who brings his years of experience as a former prosecutor to bear for the benefit of his clients. If you are in need of the services of an attorney, there is none better than Attorney Zuckerman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Zuckerman is a true professional who has quickly made his mark in the Western Pennsylvania region as one of the best criminal defense attorneys. He fights with a zeal and passion many others have lost in their pursuit of protecting their clients constitutional liberties from governmental overreach. He is a true professional and a highly regarded young attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Zuckerman. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dave is smart young lawyer who, as a former District Attorney, knows the law from both sides."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Zuckerman is a knowledgeable attorney, and a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. He is well respected in the legal field."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keen attention to detail with exceptional client service. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dave is a wonderful lawyer who will do whatever it takes to get the right result. Extremely hardworking and a genuinely great guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's well respected by his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David was an excellent Assistant District Attorney. He has transitioned beautifully into his role as a defense attorney and advocate for his Client's rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A well admired lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Other
"This attorney goes above and beyond to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It's always good to have a criminal defense attorney who previously was on the other side. As a former assistant district attorney, he knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system as good as anybody. I'd highly recommend Mr. Zuckerman to anybody looking for a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected and dedicated."
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