Bentz Law Firm


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Phone: 412-563-4500
Fax: 412-563-4480

David J. Barton

David Barton PhotoMr. Barton concentrates his practice in civil litigation, business disputes, surety and fidelity bond matters, and decedent'€™s estates. Attorney Barton also regularly represents clients concerning complex commercial real estate development and probate and estate litigation.

Attorney Barton is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania state courts, the federal courts in the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His practice includes matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts, both locally, regionally, and nationally. As a trial attorney, he has tried many civil cases to verdict and obtained relief for his clients through summary judgment, motion practice, trial, and settlement. He is a member of the Surety Claims Institute, an invitation-only professional association in the surety and fidelity bond industry.

In addition to his practice with the Bentz Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Barton serves as a Magisterial District Judge in Allegheny County. Magisterial District Judges serve as courts of initial jurisdiction in criminal matters, where they conduct arraignments, set bail, determine whether the evidence is sufficient to require a trial, issue search and arrest warrants, and adjudicate traffic and civil cases.

Judge Barton is also President Judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline. He was appointed to the Court of Judicial Discipline in 2015 by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Court of Judicial Discipline is a Constitutional court established to adjudicate cases filed by the Judicial Conduct Board involving allegations of judicial misconduct by all judges and justices in the state judiciary. In cases where the charges are sustained, the Court may impose various sanctions, including removal from elective office.

Judge Barton also works to improve our judicial system in other ways. He is overseeing the Pennsylvania Judiciary'€™s compliance with federal law to ensure that all litigants in the Commonwealth have equal access to our judicial system regardless of their ability to read, write, and understand the English language. The recipient of the prestigious 2107 Judge John Jeffers Award from the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, Judge Barton is an active member of that Association and serves as its statewide liaison to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Judge Barton serves as solicitor for the Association'€™s 12th District (Allegheny County), and has authored and presented numerous training sessions for Allegheny County's jurists. He has presented programs to many industry and trade groups, and both authored and lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and a number of private CLE providers.

A graduate of Duquesne University School of Law (Juris Doctorate), Attorney Barton was a member of the DUQUESNE LAW REVIEW, the Justice Louis L. Manderino Honor Society, Appellate Moot Court Honor Society, and was recognized for his achievement when he competed in the American Bar Association'€™s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. He also holds a B.A. Degree in Public Policy from Tulane University.