David M. Schraver

President Dave 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, is co-chair of the President’s Committee on Access to Justice. He joined the Finance Committee in 2003 and served as 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.


President Schraver's Letter to Gov. Cuomo on Civics Education, Jan. 22, 2014

News Releases

January 8, 2014: New York State Bar Association Members Receive Exclusive Discounts for Clio Management System

January 6, 2014: State Bar Association 2014 Public Policy Priorities Include Courts, Voting Reforms, Access to Justice, Civics Education

January 2, 2014: Statement from New York State Bar President Schraver On Chief Justice Roberts’ Annual Year-End Report

December 19, 2013: State Bar Association Praises Governor Cuomo for Signing Nonprofit Revitalization Act

December 2, 2013: Statement from New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver on Proposed 2014-15 Judiciary Budget

December 1, 2013: Metro-North Derailment Statement By State Bar Association President

November 21, 2013: New York State Bar Association Pilot Program to Provide Discounted Legal Help for Military Veterans

November 13, 2013: Statement by New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver Opposing House of Representatives Bill to Renew Mistake of the Past

November 12, 2013: New York State Bar Association Issues Report Calling for Changes to Curb Human Trafficking

October 18, 2013: New York State Bar Association Hosts Program For Attorneys Interested In Helping Veterans With Claims

October 17, 2013: New York State Bar Association Recognizes Judges for Promoting Pro Bono Representation

October 17, 2013: New York State Bar Association Honors Attorneys From Buffalo, New York City For Achievement in Public Service

October 16, 2013: State Bar Unveils Fall Radio Campaign on Voter Participation and Veterans

October 15, 2013: New York State Bar Association Launches New Women's Community

October 8, 2013: Seven State Bar Association Leaders Urge Congress to End Devastating Funding Cuts to Federal Courts

October 1, 2013: New York State Bar Association and 18 Law Schools Sponsor Forum on Right to Counsel in Civil Matters

September 26, 2013: State Bar Association Mourns Passing of John T. Buckley, Former Appellate Division Justice and State Assemblyman

September 25, 2013: New York State Bar Association Partners With Fastcase To Provide Free Access To Legal Research Library

September 12, 2013: State Bar President David M. Schraver Responds to Decision to Delay Disclosure of Pro Bono Reports

August 12, 2013: State Bar Association Congratulates James Silkenat on Becoming President of American Bar Association

August 10, 2013: State Bar Mourns the Passing of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin

July 16, 2013: State Bar Association Calls for Law Requiring Recording of Custodial Interrogations

July 1, 2013: New York State Bar Association Announces New Committee Chairs

June 28, 2013: Rochester Attorney Elizabeth Wolford Receives State Bar's Root/Stimson Award

June 26, 2013: New York State Bar Association President Schraver Praises Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

June 17, 2013: State Bar Association Welcomes New York International Arbitration Center

June 3, 2013: David M. Schraver of Rochester Takes Office as New York State Bar Association President

President's Messages

March/April 2014
Education, Democracy and an Informed Citizenry

February 2014
"For the Survival of the United States as We Know It"

January 2014
Priorities for 2014

November/December 2013
Giving Thanks

October 2013
Pro Bono: Serving the Public, Making a Difference

September 2013
Change Is Upon Us

July/August 2013 
Serving the Profession Through Technology  

June 2013 
Serving the Profession, Serving the Public