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David A. Farmelo

Partner, Education Law Practice Leader
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Areas of Practice

  • New York

B.A., with high distinction, University of Rochester

J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dave concentrates his practice in education law and public sector employee relations. As a specialist in school law, he has been involved with the full range of school-related legal matters, including compliance with state and federal constitutions, statutes, and regulations; appeals to the Commissioner of Education; student discipline; funding issues; transportation issues; and annual and special district meetings. Dave also has had extensive experience in all aspects of public sector labor relations and employment law. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, handled grievances and arbitrations, conducted contractual and statutory employee termination proceedings, advised clients on compliance with state and federal employment law requirements, and appeared before numerous state and federal administrative agencies on matters related to public sector employment. Dave is chair of the firm's Education Law Practice Group and former chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Education Law, Employment Law- Management, Labor Law- Management) 2018
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2008-2009, 2013 - 2017



Professional Associations

  • Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Past chair, Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association
  • Past president, New York State School Attorneys Association