David J. Brooman
Land Use & Environmental Law Attorney

David J. Brooman has more than three decades experience in environmental law, zoning and land use development, and environmental litigation.

High Swartz
Norristown Office

Montgomery County, PA

David J. Brooman has more than three decades experience in environmental law, zoning and land use development, and environmental litigation. His background includes negotiating creative solutions in complex land use and environmental disputes and litigation during project development. He has also counseled public and private companies, developers and lenders, and municipal governments on the business risks and economic impacts of federal, state and local land use and environmental regulations. David is well-versed in crisis management and controversial land uses.

David provides clients with practical, strategic and full-service counsel on all environmental and energy matters. The depth and breadth of Mr. Brooman’s environmental and energy knowledge allows him to effectively represent clients pursuing complicated and challenging matters, and to successfully protect their interests in environmental litigation or administrative and regulatory proceedings.

Mr. Brooman’s engagements include serving as special environmental and land use counsel to a Pennsylvania municipality in its acquisition and redevelopment of a former 209-acre abandoned state mental hospital complex, resulting in a public/private partnership with 40 acres sold for private development (100 carriage houses and 198 age-restricted condominiums) and 169 acres retained by the municipality for recreational and open space. In addition, David spearheaded a public/private partnership to acquire and develop the former 114-acre Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for use as a state-of-the-art commercial ship building operation for an international shipbuilder.

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Affiliations & Honors

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1982-present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section, Member, 2013-present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, Member, 2013-present
  • New York Bar Association, Member, 2012-present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, 1982-present
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Member, 2014-present
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Environmental & Energy Law Committee, Chair, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council, Member


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-present
  • Super Lawyers List, 2019-present
  • Main Line Today, Top Lawyer, 2019-present

Practice Areas


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • New Jersey, 1983
  • New York, 2012


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1982
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1979

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Client Testimonials

Rich S.

“High compliments to Mr. David Brooman for an exceptionally high level of professional guidance and an outstanding outcome for all of the building owners. Mr. Brooman represented our office park through a long and complex easement negotiation that truly demonstrated the value of seeking the best in legal representation.”

“In my role as a Township Manager I have often depended upon this law firm and the advice of Gil High and David Brooman. They are both gentleman and professional in every encounter. They have in my opinion earned the honorable title of “Esquire”.