David Dziengowski is a labor and employment associate at the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He litigates complex employment, benefits, and commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country. David brings a diverse skillset to any case, having led internal investigations, tried complex matters, and argued high-risk issues on appeal in federal courts.
A proud Navy Reservist, David serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Judge Advocate General’s (“JAG”) Corps. In this capacity, he serves as an instructor and course coordinator with the Naval Justice School, teaching law and ethics to Judge Advocates and Commanding Officers around the fleet.
After graduating from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 2008, David served as a judicial law clerk for two federal judges. He clerked for Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez, District of New Jersey, from 2008 to 2009. He then clerked for Judge Michael S. Kanne, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, from 2014 to 2015. In between those clerkships, Dave Dziengowski served on active duty in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.
David’s first active duty station was Naval Legal Service Office North Central at the Washington Navy Yard in the District of Columbia. There, he represented numerous Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen at courts-martial and administrative hearings.
In 2011, David deployed to the Arghandab River Valley of Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he served as a Rule of Law Field Support Officer in the Rule of Law Field Force – Afghanistan. He worked hand-in-hand with Afghan judges, prosecutors, and investigators, assisting in the development of the rule of law. He also worked closely with his host Army unit, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, assisting with detainee operations.
From 2012 to 2014, David served as appellate defense counsel for the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division. He orally argued four cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and one case before the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. His efforts resulted in two overturned convictions and the successful defense of an interlocutory appeal. During this time, David also served as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. There, he taught criminal law, administrative law, law of the sea, and law of armed conflict to Senior Midshipmen.
David received the Navy JAG Military Justice Officer of the Year Award in 2013.
David enjoys working with the Innocence Project and writing. He has served on multiple pro bono re-trial teams defending the actually innocent, and he has published articles in the Naval Law Review, the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and the Rutgers Law Journal.
David lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey with his wife, Jessica, and his two sons, Edward and Peter. David and Jessica are expecting their third child, a girl, in August 2018.