Luzerne County Lawyer David E. Schwager Appointed to Vice-Chair of Disciplinary Board

HARRISBURG (April 1, 2016) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney David Schwager to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board. Schwager has practiced law for 27 years and is currently serving a second consecutive three-year term.

David E. Schwager
David E. Schwager

Schwager is a partner in the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Chariton, Schwager & Malak. Named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2010, his practice focuses on real estate, title insurance, real estate taxation, business law, commercial litigation, municipal law, and creditors’ rights. He is the treasurer of the Middle District (PA) Bankruptcy Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Luzerne County Bar Association, and also served as a past president of the Luzerne County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Schwager serves as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) He serves as chair of the PBA Bylaws, Strategic Planning, Finance, and Investment Committees. He is a past chair of the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and a past chair of its Financing of Real Estate Committee and Real Estate Taxation Committee. A member of the PBA House of Delegates, Schwager previously served as chair of the PBA Statutory Law Committee.

“I am honored to serve as Vice-Chair of the Disciplinary Board. Serving on the Board has been a highlight of my legal career. As Vice-Chair, I will assist Chair Jane Penny in the overall administration and management of the Board and perform special duties as she may assign,” said Schwager. “I have enjoyed serving as chair of the Board’s Communications Committee for the past two years, and look forward to actively working with the new Chair of the Communications Committee as well as the chairs of the other Board committees and all of the members of the Board in assuring the efficient handling of the Board's business.”

A past assistant district attorney for Luzerne County, Schwager is chair of the Kingston Borough Zoning Hearing Board, an assistant Luzerne County solicitor, and has represented various municipal authorities and municipalities. Schwager is a life fellow and a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a member of the Boards of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Growth Partnership.

Schwager serves as chair of the board of trustees of Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre, treasurer of Ecumenical Enterprises, Inc., and president of the B’nai B’rith Apartments Housing Foundation. Schwager is a past president of the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley, Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre, the S.J. Strauss Lodge of B’nai B’rith and the Wyoming Seminary Alumni Association. He served as chair of the United Hebrew Institute School Board and the 2007 Jewish Federation campaign.

Schwager is a graduate of Lafayette College and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. He is admitted to practice law in all of the state courts of Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, consisting of thirteen members: eleven attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the Commonwealth. It assists the Supreme Court in carrying out its exclusive jurisdiction over the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The members meet regularly to decide cases, policies and board administrative matters.

The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts of Pennsylvania. The Disciplinary Board was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to review conduct and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. For more information about the Disciplinary Board, please visit

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