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David S. Mercer


Title: Founder and principal

Other legal specialties: Representation of community associations — homeowners and cooperatives

Birthplace: Fort Myer, Arlington

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Hampden-Sydney College; law degree, University of Richmond

Spouse: Nell    

Children: Kelly Mercer Davidson (spouse: Simon), Kristen Mercer Bosley (James) and Clark Mercer (Kelly Thomasson) and seven grandchildren

Hobbies or pastimes: Gardening and fishing

First job as a lawyer: Thomas, Kent, Haddock and Sewell PC

Fan of: Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals

Favorite vacation spot: Outer Banks of North Carolina

Recently read books: “The Fix” by David Baldacci; “Bruce” by Peter Ames Carlin

Career mentors: William Thomas and Gene Luther

Tell me about your pro-bono activities. Board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alexandria; member of the Alexandria Jaycees; president of The Campagna Center; board of directors of Rebuilding Together Alexandria; Scholarship Fund of Alexandria; member and volunteer with Virginia and North Carolina Lawyers Assistance programs; volunteer at the National Capital Area Food Bank; court-appointed criminal defense work; SCORE – Second Chance Offenders Rehabilitation Effort (federal court); and a recipient of the City of Alexandria “Housing Heroes” honor.

Why is it important for lawyers to be involved in pro-bono work? Early on in my career, my mentors taught me that you must get involved in your local community.  Over the years I have felt very fortunate and have received many blessings — so it is a simple philosophy.  You can’t always be a taker, you have to be a giver.  It is important to give back to the community where you make your living.  I am active in the world of recovery from addiction.  As a recovering alcoholic, I have learned firsthand that you must “give it away in order to keep it!”

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