David M. Schraver - President


David M. Schraver

David M. Schraver of Rochester, a partner in the law firm of Nixon Peabody, assumed office June 1 as the 116th president of the New York State Bar Association.

Schraver, a member of the State Bar for more than 40 years, recently chaired the House of Delegates and co-chaired the President's Committee on Access to Justice. He has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2003 and was chairman from 2007 to 2012. He also has served on the Executive Committee for seven years, including as vice president for the Seventh Judicial District and a member-at-large. He has served 14 years on House of Delegates and is a member of the Committee on Standards for Attorney Conduct and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.

At Nixon Peabody, Schraver's work encompasses complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  He is a founding member of the firm's Indian law and gaming team.  His practice also focuses on energy/utility litigation, contract litigation, and fiduciary and professional liability. He has served as managing partner of the firm's Rochester office.

He is member of the ABA House of Delegates and member of its Litigation Section. He also is a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Metropolitan Bar Caucus of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He has served on the boards of a number of community organizations in the Rochester area. 

A native of Albany, Schraver graduated cum laude from Harvard University and magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was note and comment editor for the Michigan Law Review. After law school, Schraver was on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG).

Schraver will serve a one-year term as State Bar president.