David S. Wachen

Attorney at Law

Wachen LLC

11605 Montague Court

Potomac, MD  20854

Office (240) 292-9121

Fax (301) 259-3846



For more than 25 years, David S. Wachen has been helping businesses, associations, and individuals achieve business and personal objectives, manage risk, and solve legal problems, often without litigation.  


When litigation is unavoidable, however, David brings a formidable aresenal of advocacy tools from many years of zealously and successfully representing clients in state and federal courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York, as well as numerous other jurisdictions around the country. He also has considerable experience representing clients in arbitration and mediation.


As a former client for a Fortune 500 company, David understands the client's perspective first-hand, and applies that understanding in helping his clients achieve their goals in a practical and efficient manner, with due regard for the desire to get back to business and life, and away from courtrooms, lawyers' offices, and legal bills.


Prior to law school, David was an account executive at an international public relations firm, an experience that gave him a keen appreciation for the communications dimension in legal disputes, and how a thoughtful communications strategy can often avoid, resolve, or diffuse a legal dispute, as well as help a client achieve his/her/its overall objective.


The breadth of David’s experience as an attorney spans a wide range of substantive areas, including matters involving business disputes, contract issues, attacks on reputation and speech rights (e.g.,
defamation, privacy, First Amendment, Media Law), social media and the Internet, intellectual property, employment, business torts, class
actions, insurance coverage, and professional liability/discipline.


In addition to managing his own practice through Wachen LLC, David serves as Of Counsel to HCH Legal, LLC, an aviation and business law boutique firm in the Washington, D.C. area.


David also serves as host of the long-running local television series "Law School for the Public," a thirty-minute weekly exploration of important legal subjects geared toward non-lawyers, produced by volunteers and sponsored by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.  "Law School for the Public airs Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Montgomery County Media's channel 21.  The show can also be streamed online at any time.

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

Commercial Litigation

Contract Law

Reputation Law


Privacy Law

Intenet Law

Copyright Law



University of Pennsylvania Law School

   Juris Doctor, Law, 1992

   Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

   Chair, Moot Court Board


Dartmouth College

   A.B., Government, 1987



District of Columbia

New York



Past Experience

Partner, Shulman Rogers

President, Lakewood Country Club

Associate Litigation Counsel, MCI, Inc.

Partner, BakerHostetler LLP

Associate, Howrey

Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Jay C. Waldman

Account Executive, Burson-Marsteller

General Manager, Dartmouth Broadcasting



Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, 

  peer review for attorneys

American Lawyer, Legal Leaders, Top Rated

  Lawyer in Washington D.C. area

Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Newspaper

  Association annual meeting

Finalist, University of Pennsylvania Law School

  Moot Court Competition


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