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David A. Buzard, Of Counsel

Attorney David A. Buzard has been practicing law for over 20 years. He currently is on assignment with the U.S. Department of State, seconded to the European Union Security Sector Reform Advisory Mission to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and serving as Strategic Counsel for Inspector General, Military Justice, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law.

He has distinguished himself through work on multi-million dollar cases of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, catastrophic vehicular accidents, and representing injured workers against their employers' insurers, plus service members and their families in claims against the government. Before commencing private practice, David was an active duty Navy JAG officer, and now is retired from the Navy Reserve.

David is an accredited claims attorney before the Veterans Administration, is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a qualified guardian ad litem for incapacitated persons, and is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He is also certified by the International Committee of the Red Cross in International Humanitarian Law, and by the U.S. Army as a qualified Inspector General.  He is licensed by the Bars of Virginia and Illinois, and is admitted to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2001, David received the fifth annual Judge Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award from the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association. From 2006 to 2008, David was recalled to active duty and served as Staff Judge Advocate to U.S. Navy Maritime Expeditionary Security Group Two, and again was recalled to serve in Africa for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies in late 2010.

David is fluent in French, an arts enthusiast, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Stage Company. His children are both alumni of Norfolk Public Schools. His full CV may be found at www.linkedin.com/in/davidbuzard.

Education

Memberships

Articles Authored by David A. Buzard

  • "Convincing out of state adjusters to disclose policy limits," 21 Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc, Issue 3 (2009).
  • "U.S. Medical Care Recovery Act Liens," Liens in Personal Injury Actions, LexisNexis, 3d ed. 2009
  • "Lawyer takes exception to remarks about Lincoln," Virginia Lawyers Weekly,, April 16, 2007.
  • "The Posse Comitatus Act: A Constraint Upon Commanders in the Fight Against Terrorism?,"Virginia State Bar Military Law Section Newsletter, Fall 2002
  • "Military Tort Claims: A Primer," 50/5 Virginia Lawyer, Issue 27, December 2001
  • "U.S. Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Country Injunctive and Specific Performance Decrees," 20 California Western International Law Journal, Issue 91, 1989; reprinted in 16 Droit et Pratique du Commerce International, Issue 270, Masson, 1990; reprinted in 28 Comparative Juridical Review 115 1991, Spanish translation

Lecturer

  • Trainer to members of the Congolese Armed Forces in the Rule of Law, and the Law of War (aka the Law of Armed Conflict, or International Humanitarian Law), 2010 to 2011.
  • Trainer to U.S. Navy Maritime Expeditionary Security Forces in the Law of War and Rules of Engagement, from 2006 to 2008.
  • Guest Lecturer on "War Crimes" session during the "Ethics for the Military Officer" course at Joint Forces Staff College, 2003.
  • Adjunct Professor, Old Dominion University, Political Science Department, “The Judicial Process and Behavior,” 2002.
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