David Palko is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, David completed two federal appellate clerkships, where he had the opportunity to research and advise on many high-profile cases. David also served on active duty in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During this time, he provided free legal services to active and retired military members as a Legal Assistance attorney, represented victims of sexual assault as a Special Victim Counsel, and prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors occurring on military installations as a Special Assistant US Attorney. One of David’s notable accomplishments while on active duty was authoring a research memorandum that brought about an Army-wide change in retirement policy.

In his spare time, David enjoys playing the piano and going for long hikes with his dog. He continues to serve in the US Army Reserve.


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  • Received the Army Commendation Medal for developing a novel statutory interpretation argument that, when presented to the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon, led to an Army-wide change in retirement policy favorable to service members
  • Detailed to the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina, to prosecute felonies and misdemeanors occurring on the Fort Bragg Military Reservation, ultimately serving as counsel of record in more than 470 cases
  • Provided free legal services to soldiers and their families in the areas of consumer protection, military administrative law, debt collection, family law, estate planning and landlord-tenant law
  • Led Fort Bragg’s implementation of a new program offering free appointed counsel to victims of sexual assault, including children victims 

Bar admissions

  • 2019, North Carolina
  • 2013, District of Columbia
  • 2012, Maryland


  • J.D., 2012, Harvard Law School
    • cum laude
    • Chayes International Public Service Fellowship
    • Heyman Federal Government Service Fellowship
    • Managing Editor, Harvard National Security Journal
    • Co-President, National Security and Law Association
  • B.A., 2009, Davidson College
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Keiser Prize in English
    • Richard Ross Memorial Music Award
    • Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC
    • Vice President, Mock Trial
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