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.
David’s wide array of leadership roles in many local, national and international legal and community organizations is a trademark of his extensive career. He currently serves on the Board of Governors and the Finance Committee of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, North America. He is treasurer of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, PA Chapter, as well as past co-chair and current member of its Finance Committee. A member and former chair of the Family Law sections of both the Pennsylvania and the Allegheny County bar associations, David remains very active, serving in committee and leadership capacities inside both organizations. David is also editor-in-chief of Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, the official quarterly publication of the PBA Family Law Section, a position he has held since 1995.
David continues to garner recognition and accolades for his exceptional professional record. The PBA Family Law Section has repeatedly named him as a recipient of its Special Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment as editor of the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer. The PBA Family Law Section also bestowed David with a Special Recognition Award for his long-time service as editor-in chief of the same publication. David received the coveted Eric Turner Memorial Award from the PBA in 2017, which he holds as the single most important award he has ever received. The Pittsburgh Business Times named David as a Diamond Award winner in 2015, recognizing his leadership within both Pollock Begg and the Pittsburgh business community. The Washington County Bar Association presented David with a Years of Service Award in 2015, recognizing his more than 40 years of service to the legal profession. The Jewish Community Center, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute have all bestowed recognition on David for fundraising, volunteerism and professional excellence.
Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings since 1981, appearing on the list of Best Lawyers in America every year since 1997 and the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list every year since 2004, David has also been named to Super Lawyers Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh for more than a decade.
David is a life fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, the AAML and the IAFL. He is also a member of the Washington and Westmoreland County Bar associations.
A dedicated volunteer and supporter of numerous religious, educational and nonprofit organizations, David’s involvement in his community is extensive. He served in the United States Army Reserve and is a past Rotary Club member, having served in various capacities on committees and the board. He has served on committees and advisory boards and lectured for The Pennsylvania State University, Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University, and has helped establish scholarships and endowment funds.
He and his wife, Rita, have served and currently serve in various leadership positions within the Jewish Community Center, Temple Sinai, Hebrew Free Loan Association and East End Cooperative Ministry. David co-founded the Oakland Business and Civic Association and remains active in numerous organizations and other endeavors to enhance the well-being of the region. Rita’s regional impact stems from her career as an urban, regional and economic planner for 37 years until retirement.
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When I am not at the office you can often find me spending time with family, friends, and community, and being physically active. I enjoy athletics that involve measured breathing — for the meditative and therapeutic effect — including yoga, swimming, bicycling, and water and snow skiing. I belong to a masters swim group and can be found on long-distance and middle-distance bicycle treks. All that measured breathing comes in handy not only in my law practice, but also when I sing in the Temple Sinai Intergenerational Choir. When I am not at Temple Sinai, the Jewish Community Center, or in the neighborhood, you can find me at my office, of course, or traveling with my wife, usually to New York City to visit our sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughters.