ATTORNEY DAVID ZUCKERMAN - PITTSBURGH CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
Attorney David S. Zuckerman is an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer familiar with all aspects of the legal system in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania. As an active trial attorney, Mr. Zuckerman has tried over 60 jury or non-jury trials to verdict. He has also litigated hundreds of preliminary hearings and summary trials, successfully resolving many cases at Magisterial District Court.
As a former Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney responsible for prosecuting hundreds of cases each year, Attorney Zuckerman understands what it takes to build a case and how to attack weaknesses in the evidence. During his time as a criminal prosecutor, he had an 80% conviction rate on cases which proceeded to a jury trial. He also provided guidance to police departments on conducting criminal investigations and on what criminal charges to file. He utilizes this experience to comprehensively examine criminal cases on his clients' behalf.
Attorney Zuckerman dedicated his educational background to the field of criminal law. He is a 2008 Graduate from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, where he finished in the top 15% of his graduating class. Before going to law school, he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Crime, Law & Justice.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND DISTINCTIONS
After forming the Zuckerman Law Firm in 2014, Attorney Zuckerman received numerous awards and invitations into nationally acclaimed legal organizations, including
Selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star for Criminal and DUI Defense in 2018
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Criminal Defense in Pennsylvania.
The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense in Pennsylvania.
American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys "10 Best" Client Satisfaction Award in 2017-2018
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys "10 Best" Client Satisfaction Award in 2017-2018
A superb, 10.0/10.0 Rating on AVVO, a well-known lawyer rating service
Independent Rating as a Top 20 Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney by Expertise
Independent Rating as a Top 29 Pittsburgh DUI Attorney by Expertise
2014-2017 Client's Choice Awards from Thumbtack and AVVO
Over 70 independent 5-Star Ratings on Google, Avvo and related attorney websites.
Member of the National College of DUI Defense
Member of the National College for DUI Defense
Member of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY ZUCKERMAN
"With many attorneys to choose from in Pittsburgh, one of the biggest challenges is finding the right lawyer to take your case. Being charged with a criminal or DUI case is a matter of the highest personal importance. It is not only important to find an experienced lawyer, but one who you trust to have your best interests at heart.
What separates me from other lawyers is my diverse criminal law experience and my focus on customer service. When you hire our firm, you will have the ability to dial directly to my cell phone. I don't have your calls screened by a paralegal or answering service. If I'm able to talk, I'll pick up the phone. If not, I will listen to your voicemail and return your call as soon as possible.
I understand that not every case or client is alike. Some clients are outraged by false accusations and want to go to trial. Others seek a plea deal as early on in the process as possible, and want a strong but sensible advocate to soften the blow. When you call our firm, we listen to your side of the story and work with you to develop a goal for your case.
I will not pressure you into taking a bad plea deal, or profit from encouraging you to fight a losing battle. I will also never shy away from providing you with an honest and direct assessment of your case, whether or not you agree with my conclusions. As a former prosecutor, I looked for weaknesses in cases I was trying to prove to determine if going to trial was appropriate. As a defense attorney, I utilize the same approach to comprehensively examine cases, looking for evidentiary weaknesses that may help our clients. When the evidence against you is strong, I know what it takes to work with prosecutors and police officers to negotiate the best possible resolution of your case.
I have practiced in front of most - if not all - magistrates and Common Pleas Judges in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. Our firm will guide you through the local justice system from start to finish.
Whether it's a traffic ticket or a serious felony charge, we understand that your case is extremely important to you. I encourage you to call or text me today to decide if I'm the right attorney to take on your case.
David S. Zuckerman, Esquire."