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David B. Snyder


Philadelphia, PA


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David concentrates on real estate and general commercial litigation, particularly in:

  • eminent domain
  • real estate litigation
  • breach of contract
  • trade secrets/unfair competition
  • real estate valuation
  • representing real estate professionals such as appraisers and brokers
  • election/campaign finance law

David’s cases and clients have included:

  • part of Fox team that obtained $40 million in condemnation damages from PennDOT
  • part of Fox team that obtained more than $18 million in condemnation damages from York County
  • condemnation counsel to TravelCenters of America
  • condemnation counsel to General Motors in New Jersey
  • part of condemnation team for Louisville International Airport runway expansion
  • condemnation counsel to school districts and local governments

David’s leadership roles within the firm include:

  • At Large Member of the firm's Executive Committee
  • Co-Chair of the Condemnation Practice Group

Before Fox Rothschild

David was the Associate Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review. Prior to law school, David worked in politics and non-profit fundraising, including the successful re-election campaigns of former U.S. Sen. John Heinz and former U.S. Representative R. Lawrence Coughlin.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

David has lectured on real estate and eminent domain-related issues nationally, including at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Appraisal Institute. His comments have been published in national media outlets including:

  • CNN/
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • The National Law Journal
  • Philadelphia Business Journal
  • The Bond Buyer
  • The New York Law Journal
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • The Texas Lawyer

David has discussed condemnation topics on the nationally syndicated Mitch Album Show as well as various Pennsylvania radio stations.

Additionally, after co-authoring several annual supplements to the Pennsylvania treatise on condemnation law, Snitzer on Eminent Domain Law, David and his colleagues recently co-authored a complete revision to the treatise.

He has also written articles for several publications including those for the Appraisal Institute, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Home Builders, the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, and the Pennsylvania Planning Association.

Client Resources

Eminent Domain and Real Estate Valuation

David writes a blog that provides updates and commentary regarding eminent domain and real estate related litigation. This is an excellent resource for real estate professionals, property owners and condemnors who may be embarking upon a new project.
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Honors and Awards

• Included in a list of "Super Lawyers" by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, the only Pennsylvania attorney in the area of Eminent Domain (2009)
• Included in a list of "Super Lawyers" in the area of Eminent Domain by Super Lawyers Magazine (Corporate Counsel Edition) (2010)
Practice Areas
Eminent Domain/Condemnation
Public Utilities
Real Estate Tax Appeals
Energy & Natural Resources

Bar Admissions


New Jersey


J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1988

B.A., Emory University, 1983

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Affiliate Member, Appraisal Institute

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