David M. Delaney


David M. Delaney

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How is Dell Graham’s environment supportive of your education law?

One of the things I was really excited about early in my career was joining an actual law firm, not just a collection of attorneys who happened to share office space. Dell Graham really is a collaborative environment, it's a true law firm. I've got the enormous luxury...

Why is it important to keep dollars in Florida classrooms?

Our primary mission is to serve the children first. I think society as a whole benefits from a robust public education system. I'm a big believer in public education and I see it as my personal mission as the attorney to make sure that we're using those funds as...

How does education law tie into the quality of education in Florida?

One of the things that an experienced attorney can do, and one of the things that I say is, “I’m here to help keep dollars in the classroom.” I don’t want us to spend our allocation from the state. I don’t want us to spend our school budget, not only on my services,...

What are Some Ongoing Battles About Education Law in Florida?

I would say that education is probably one of the most highly regulated fields that are out there. People don't necessarily assume that or understand that, but everybody has an interest in public schools. It's drawn a lot of interest on the federal level, on the state...

Why Do You Need an Education Law Expert in Florida?

It's always a problem that you don't know what you don't know. I have more of a full spectrum knowledge of the various issues that schools are dealing with. I may recognize that in responding to this court order we need to keep mindful of FERPA which is the federal...

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.