McNees’s Automotive Dealership Law Practice Group assists dealers with the host of legal challenges found in today’s highly regulated business environment. The Group has tremendous experience in all aspects of Automotive Law: from buys and sells to franchise terminations; from environmental to employee relations; from consumer complaints to problems with PennDOT; from formation of a new dealership to successor planning; from taxes to tags. For more than 25 years, the Group has provided effective representation and assistance to dealerships inside and outside of Pennsylvania.

What does David do for Clients?
Working with both family owned businesses and privately financed companies, David and the Automotive Dealership Group know the industry. David’s practice focuses on the negotiation and drafting of commercial and corporate contracts, including purchase agreements, distribution contracts and a wide array of other business agreements. Primarily, David assists clients as they navigate liquidity events, like a sale, purchase or financing transaction. Understanding the automotive industry and manufacturer relations allow David and the team at McNees to more efficiently negotiate terms and assess risks relating to a transaction. David also works with companies and shareholders as they navigate corporate governance matters and succession planning; this includes serving as outside counsel to boards of directors and executive teams.

How does David spend his free time?
When not practicing law, David enjoys hiking and camping.


SUNY at Buffalo, B.A., Political Science and Economics, 2012

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 2015



The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2022

Leadership Harrisburg Area Graduate 2021


David has assisted clients in the purchase and sale of single point dealerships, dual’d facilities and larger autoparks with transaction values from $2M to $75M.

David also works on M&A transactions across an array of industries, including fitness centers, medical device companies, agricultural enterprises and contracting businesses


  • PA Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society


U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

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