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David S. Wachen

Of Counsel​

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David Wachen is a legal troubleshooter, focused on helping businesses, executives, professionals, associations and individuals manage risk and achieve practical and successful resolution of legal problems of all types. David has many years of zealously and successfully representing clients in state and federal courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and numerous other jurisdictions around the country.


As a former in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, David understands and appreciates the client’s perspective including the communication dimension in legal disputes, and how a thoughtful and strategic communication strategy can often avoid, resolve, or defuse a legal dispute.  His experience spans a wide range of substantive areas, including complex business disputes, attacks on reputation and speech rights (e.g., defamation, privacy, First Amendment), social media and the Internet, intellectual property, employment, business torts, class actions, insurance coverage, and professional liability and disciplinary actions.


(David also practices law under the name Wachen LLC.  There is no affiliation between HCH Legal and Wachen LLC.)

Recent Professional 


Of Counsel

HCH Legal, LLC

Bethesda, MD

June 2015 - Present


Wachen LLC

Potomac, MD

2014 - Present



Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, PA

Potomac, MD

2006 - 2013


Associate Litigation Counsel

MCI, Inc.

Washington, DC

2004 - 2006



Baker & Hostetler LLP

Washington, DC


Bar Membership / Awards / Affiliations

Member, Maryland Bar

Member, D.C. Bar

Member, Virginia Bar

Member, N.Y. Bar


President, Chairman of the Board, Lakewood Country Club, Rockville, MD

2010 - 2011


University of Pennsylvania Law School

Juris Doctor, Law, 1992

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Editor,

Moot Court Board Chair,

Moot Court Competition Finalist


Dartmouth College

AB, Government, 1987

General Manager, Dartmouth Broadcasting

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