David Spurgeon

Adjunct Professor, Clinical Legal Education
School of Law

440 Ross Street Suite 5049 Family Law Center Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412.350.0043


B.A., Duquesne University, 1993
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1996

Judge Spurgeon is a 1989 graduate of McKeesport Area Senior High School. He graduated cum laude from Duquesne University in 1993 with a Bachelor's Degree in a double major of Political Science and German. Spurgeon received his law degree in 1996 from the Duquesne University School of Law, where he competed nationally on the trial moot court team.

Upon passing the bar, he worked as a law firm associate in private practice focusing on insurance defense and personal injury. In 1998, Spurgeon began his career in public service when he joined the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney prosecuting misdemeanors, felonies and homicides. In 2001, Spurgeon was promoted to the Domestic Violence trial unit and became the first prosecutor to appear in the Family Division to prosecute violations of Protection From Abuse Orders. While maintaining a full trial calendar, he became a certified instructor at the Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh Police Academies. As a member of the Domestic Violence Unit, he prosecuted all types of intimate partner violence and helped to create the first specialty court of accountability for repeat batterers in Pennsylvania.

In 2009, Spurgeon became the youngest person promoted to Deputy District Attorney. In that role he supervised the Domestic Violence Unit, Pittsburgh Municipal Court and the Mental Health Court Unit. He also served an integral role in the creation of Veterans' Court for Allegheny County. He became the County Coordinator for the STOP Grant under the Violence Against Women Act, and the co-chair of the Allegheny County Domestic Violence Task Force. Spurgeon facilitated the first Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Review Team in Allegheny County that examined system breakdowns in this crime type.

As one of the local experts in the area of domestic violence, he has participated in countless panels and working groups in an effort to curb abuse. An experienced trial lawyer, he serves as adjunct faculty at Point Park University's School of Criminal Justice and as an adjunct law professor at Duquesne University School of Law. He has received many awards for his work in public service and the area of domestic violence prevention. He was the first prosecutor to be awarded the Edward G. O'Connor Fellows Award for Public Service from the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and was recognized as one of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County's Top Public Servants by Champion Enterprises. Spurgeon is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and has served on multiple committees within the organization. Spurgeon received the top designation of "Highly Recommended" by the Allegheny Bar Association Judiciary Committee pertaining to his ability to serve as a Judge. His community involvement includes past participation on the Board of Directors at the Center for Victims and WomansPlace. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at White Oak Animal Safe Haven - a no kill animal shelter, the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center and as a Trustee at the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation. Spurgeon serves on various Boards and Committees within his church, Beulah Park United Methodist Church located in McKeesport.

In June of 2016, Spurgeon was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to fill a vacancy on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Spurgeon was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate and sworn in on August 1st, 2016. He was assigned to the Family Division Court, where he hears delinquency, dependency and PFA cases. In 2017, Spurgeon was elected to serve a full ten year term on the Court of Common Pleas.

He is the only Judge, out of 43 commissioned judges, serving in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas that resides in the Mon Valley. Judge Spurgeon was the first judge elected from this community in nearly 30 years.


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