David M. Pixley


David Pixley is a senior associate with the law firm of Faulkner, Hoffman & Phillips, LLC. David has been licensed to practice law in Ohio since 2008. After law school, prior to beginning his career as an attorney, he was deployed as a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. As a Captain, he was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Army Commendation Medal. David’s grit and determination as a military officer has translated into a successful career as an advocate for his clients. David was named a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As a native of Northeastern Ohio, David returned to Cleveland to join Faulkner, Hoffman & Phillips in 2018. David has substantial experience representing Taft-Hartley benefit plans and contributing employers. David’s experience includes defending plans and fiduciaries in administrative proceedings, appeals, and litigation related to benefit claims and fiduciary obligations. David has successfully collected delinquent contributions and employer withdrawal liability owed to multiemployer benefit plans.  David routinely speaks and writes about issues facing the trustees of Taft-Hartley benefit plans.

David has successfully represented employee benefit plans and fiduciaries in cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. Federal District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Northern District of Indiana and numerous other forums.

In addition to his courtroom experience, David routinely attends Taft-Hartley trust fund board of trustees’ meetings and subcommittee meetings to advise trustees on compliance matters involving new and existing laws and regulations. David drafts plan amendments, restatements, summary plan descriptions and other plan documents. David assists clients in correcting plan errors under the IRS’ Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System and by submitting applications to the DOL under the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program.

David earned his BA in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2004 and earned his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2008, where he was named a Law Dean’s Scholar and awarded a CALI Award for high class grade in family law. During law school, David served as judicial law clerk for the Ohio Common Pleas Court for Montgomery County and judicial extern for the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.