David J. Freed practices in the McNees Litigation and White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Groups.  David spent more than 23 years in public service and has focused his career on anticipating problems, understanding needs and finding solutions.

From November 2017 to January 2021, David served as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  As United States Attorney, David supervised all operations of the office, both civil and criminal.  On the civil side, he led a reorganization of the division that created the Affirmative Civil Enforcement unit.  On the criminal side, David focused significant energy on working together with local partners in target areas of the district to bring investigative and prosecution resources to areas of greatest need.

Earlier in his career, David was the Cumberland County District Attorney for 12 years.  He served in First Assistant District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney roles in Cumberland County and spent a year as a deputy prosecutor in York County.  In those roles, David tried more than 135 cases to verdict, including 12 Civil Trials, was involved in the investigation and prosecution of more than 50 homicide cases and prosecuted complex drug cases, arson and violent felonies, including sexual assaults. He started his career as a law clerk for Judge Harold Sheely of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

David has implemented and taught more than 50 CLE courses for PDAA, the National College of District Attorneys, PBI, Dickinson School of Law, Widener University Commonwealth School of Law, the Cumberland County Bar Association, the PA Legal Aid Network, the PA Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges.

David earned his law degree from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle and his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.


Washington and Lee University

Dickinson School of Law


Robert I. Shadle Legal Excellence and Professionalism Award, 2019

Pro Bono Award, 2014

Champion for Children Award, Fight Crime Invest in Kids Pennsylvania, 2013

Outstanding Achievement Award, Cumberland County Law Enforcement Officers Association, 2013

Leadership Award, Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties, 2010

Appreciation Award, Capital Region Forensics Unit, 2008


Cumberland County Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee,  2015-2017

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association

  • Member, 1998-1999 & 2001-2017
  • Member, Education and Training Committee, 2006-2017
  • Chair, Education and Training Committee, 2007-2012
  • Member, Executive Committee, 2007-2017
  • Treasurer, 2011-2012
  • Vice President, 2012-2013
  • President, 2013-2014
  • Immediate Past President, 2014-2015
  • President, PA District Attorneys Institute, 2015-2016
  • Communications Chair 2016-2017

National District Attorneys Association

  • Member, 1998-1999; 2001-2017
  • Legislative Committee, 2016-2017

The Lion Foundation (Charitable Foundation)

  • Member/Emeritus Member, 2004-Present
  • Vice President, 2006-2008
  • President, 2008-2010

Camp Hill Lions Club (Lions International)

  • Member, 2000-2010
  • Senior Recognition Chair, 2008-2010

Camp Hill Little League Baseball, 2006-2020

Camp Hill Softball Association

Camp Hill Soccer Club

Camp Hill Swim Club

Camp Hill Recreation and Travel Basketball

Camp Hill Middle School Basketball

Camp Hill School District 6th Grade Outdoor Education

Good Shepherd CYO Girls Basketball

Volunteer Coach/Volunteer

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  • Volunteer, 2006-2015
  • Fund a Cure Family, 2015

Randi’s Race – A 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage, Honorary Chair, 2020

Federalist Society, Member, 2017-Present


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