David J. Truelove

David J. Truelove

PartnerYardley, PA
  • David J. Truelove is a partner in the Yardley, Pa office of Hill Wallack LLP and is Chair of the Employment and Labor Law practice group, and is also a member of the School Law, Municipal Law, Internal Investigations and Complex Litigation practice groups. Mr. Truelove is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey, working from the firm’s Princeton, NJ office as needed.

    Mr. Truelove’s legal career includes years of service to numerous governmental entities in various capacities: Solicitor, Labor and Employment Solicitor, Conflict Counsel, Special Litigation Counsel. He has also represented and counseled public and private sector clients in various aspects of union and collective bargaining matters, including organizing efforts, contract renewals, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice matters.

    In the last decade local and regional political subdivisions have been challenged by a downturned economy, unfunded mandates, and statutory revenue-raising restrictions, with attendant funding restrictions. Mr. Truelove and his Hill Wallack colleagues have successfully represented and counseled clients in public finance, budget, personnel and collective bargaining matters, preserving fiscal integrity while maintaining staff and employee morale. 

    Mr. Truelove is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania (1983), New Jersey (1988), and the US District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Third Circuit US Court of Appeals. He earned his JD at the Temple University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in History at DePauw University, where he was recognized as a Rector Scholar. His practice experience includes trials and hearings before the trial courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (state and federal), the US Court of Claims, and appellate work before the Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court/Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Mr. Truelove frequently appears and litigates before various agencies, commissions and tribunals, including the NLRB, the EEOC, the PHRC, NJ PERC, and PLRB. He is also regularly selected as an arbitrator and/or mediator in insurance and employment/labor disputes.

    Representative Matters
    • Successfully renegotiated several public sector Collective Bargaining Agreements, obtaining significant concessions on behalf of municipal clients, while simultaneously avoiding layoffs, thereby preserving public safety and municipal services
    • Represented numerous Public Sector Entities in hundreds of meetings, hearings, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, and other proceedings, involving townships, boroughs, school districts, authorities, courts, boards, commissions, and agencies
    • Successfully represented a large school district in obtaining a favorable result in contentious and protracted fact-finding
    • Is frequently named as a neutral arbitrator and mediator in insurance policy and employment disputes
    Representative Clients
    • Solicitor (Current): Lower Makefield Township; Borough of Penndel; Bristol Township School District; School District of Borough of Morrisville
    • Labor Solicitor (Current): Lower Makefield Township; Bristol Township School District; School District of Borough of Morrisville; Borough of Penndel; Township of Falls; Upper Southampton Township; Upper Southampton Authorities; Bucks County Workforce Investment Board
    • Special Counsel/Outside Counsel (Current): County of Bucks (labor, employment and civil rights matters); Township of Falls
    • Solicitor (formerly): North Wales Borough
    • Special Counsel/Labor Counsel (formerly); Pennsbury School District; Warminster Township; Warrington Township; Warminster Township Authority; Bristol Township Civil Service Commission; Borough of Morrisville; Borough of Jenkintown; Cumru Township
    • Bucks County Bar Association
      • Immediate Past President, 2018
      • President, 2017
      • President-Elect 2016
      • Chair, Legislative Committee
      • Chair, Lawyers Reaching Lawyers Committee
      • Member, Merit Selection Panel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Member: American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Bucks County Bar Associations
    • Selected for inclusion, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
    • Member, Solicitors’ Sections: Pennsylvania School Boards’ Association, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
    Presentations & Publications
    • Co-author, The Opioid Crisis - Are Workplace Laws Equipped to Address the Impact?, New Jersey Law Journal (December 2017)
    • Presenter, Opioids in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know, Bucks County Bar Association CLE (November 2017)
    • Co-Presenter, Employment Law – Employers’ Best Practices seminar, Hill Wallack LLP Seminar (May 2012)
    • Frequently gives presentations to various civil, business and community groups regarding labor, employment, and related matters
    • Conducted anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training workshops for more than 1,000 employees of a large Pennsylvania suburban school district to assist the school district with educating its staff on such policies as well as proper conduct in the workplace
    • Presenter, Hands-On Handbook Clinic, New Jersey Business & Industry Association (November 2016)
    Community Involvement

    Big Brother, Pennsbury School District, 2000-present; Big Brother of the Year, 2009, 2017; Lower Makefield Youth Aid Panel; Bike and Pathways Committee, Lower Makefield Township; Youth Baseball and Basketball Coach; Coach, Yardley-Morrisville American Legion Baseball Club; President, Lower Bucks County American Legion Baseball League; Member, Lions Club, Yardley/Lower Makefield; Player and Manager, over-55 Baseball League.

    • Transport Workers Union of America, Local 282 v. Bristol Township, 46 Pennsylvania Pub. Employee Rep., ΒΆ 87, 2015 WL 1730197 (March 31, 2015)