David M. Delaney


David M. Delaney

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How do you Guide School Districts in Florida?

I think it helps having somebody whose been in this community. I grew up in North Central Florida, I've been in front of juries here. I'm a product of the public education system, University of Florida graduate. Public school, k-12 graduate and I think I speak the...

What are the Concerns About Testing in Florida?

There's a lot of distrust about Common Core, and that's a huge hot topic. If you speak to a lot of people in education the idea behind Common Core of let's have some agreed upon standards of subject areas that we want to make sure is a baseline students understand...

Are There any Education Law Hot Topics in Florida?

The local school district don't have a lot of autonomy or ability to opt out of state testing. These mandates come from the federal government and the state government that's why I talk about education law being ... Or school district being so highly regulated, and...

David joined Dell Graham upon graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1997. David has also been recognized by the Florida Bar as an Expert in Education Law and is designated as a Board Certified Specialist in this area. He serves both as general counsel and litigation counsel for public schools, providing a 360 degree understanding of modern education challenges. David has also represented insurance companies and self-insured entities in the areas of governmental liability and personal injury defense. He also has substantial experience defending health care providers against medical malpractice claims and serves as a Peer Review Hearing Officer.

David grew up in Gainesville and is delighted to continue to live and work in his hometown. He is an active supporter of public education and mentors with Take Stock in Children. Away from the office, you can find David training on roads and trails for an upcoming race.


  • Florida, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District, 1999



  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1997, Juris Doctorate, with Honors
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas 1994, Bachelor of Arts in Latin


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Education Law Committee

  • Florida Bar Education Law Certification Committee

  • Federal Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

  • Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Federal District Court, Northern District of Florida

  • Florida Track Club


Awards & Honors

  • 2014, 2015 Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2013 Board Certified Education Law by the Florida Bar
  • 2011 AV Preeminent Attorney Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell LexisNexis
  • 2011 Rising Star, SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 1997 Juris Doctor with Honors, University of Florida College of Law


See David Delaney represent a client before the Florida Supreme Court.