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David J. Brooman has more than three decades experience in zoning and land use development, as well as environmental law. His background includes negotiating creative solutions in complex environmental disputes and litigation during project development. He has also counseled public and private companies, developers and lenders, and municipal governments on the business risks and economic impacts of federal, state and local environmental regulations. Brooman is well-versed in crisis management and controversial land uses ranging from nuclear power plants to industrial waste landfills.

Brooman’s engagements include serving as special environmental and land use counsel to a Pennsylvania municipality in its acquisition and redevelopment of a former 209-acre abandoned state mental hospital complex, resulting in a public/private partnership with 40 acres sold for private development (100 carriage houses and 198 age-restricted condominiums) and 169 acres retained by the municipality for recreational and open space. In addition, Brooman spearheaded a public/private partnership to acquire and develop the former 114-acre Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for use as a state-of-the-art commercial ship building operation for an international shipbuilder.


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Practice areas


  1. Construction: 40%
  2. Environmental: 40%
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 20%



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High Swartz LLP

40 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA, 19401


NYCurrently registered 201203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers In PennsylvaniaThe Legal Network2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2012
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2011
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2010
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2009
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2008
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2007
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2006
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2005
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2004
Outstanding Advocate AwardThe Support Center for Child Advocates1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentDavid J. Brooman Law Offices LLC2012 - 2014
AttorneyBrooman, Buzzell and Garber LLC2011 - 2012
PartnerDrinker Biddle and Reath LLP1995 - 2011
PartnerCohen Shapiro Polisher Shiekman and Cohen LLP1981 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Montgomery Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association - Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law SectionMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Resources CouncilMemberN/A
The Support Center for Child AdvocatesChild Advocate1984 - 2012
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1983 - 2012
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - 2013
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1982 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Rutgers UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979