About Me


Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1972.

Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Villanova University, 1966.

Mediation, Arbitration & Restorative Justice Training

Mentoring New Mediators, Northern Virginia Mediation Service, Fairfax, VA, November 2012.

Designing Restorative Approaches to Complex Crime and Violation, Carl Stauffer, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, June 2012.

Mediation Training for Landlord-Tenant Cases, District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Program, District of Columbia, May 2011.

Fifth Annual Arbitration Training Institute, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Washington, DC, July 2010.

Defense Initiated Victim Outreach training, Kelly Branham and Lisa Eager, Chicago, Illinois, May 2010.

Facilitating Victim-Offender Dialogue for Serious Violent Crimes, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Barb Toews, Eastern Mennonite University, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, June 2009.

Mediating Claims for Money, J. Anderson Little, Richmond, VA, April 2009.

Best Practices in Mediation, Geetha Ravindra, Fairfax, VA, August 2008 and September 2010.

Community Conferencing Training, Lauren Abramson, Community Conferencing Center, Baltimore, MD, July 2007.

Restorative Justice Conferencing Training, Vickie Shoap, Manassas, VA, March and September 2007.

Mediation Training, District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Program, District of Columbia, May 2006.

Mediation Training & Accreditation, J. Anderson Little, Mediation, Inc., Asheville, NC, August 2005.

Professional Standing

Licensed to practice law in Virginia and District of Columbia; admitted to practice before several federal courts.

Trained, certified and practicing as mediator for court-directed mediation conferences; trained arbitrator.

Recipient of Richard V. Bernhart “Mediator of the Year” Award in 2008, presented to Northern Virginia Mediation Service Restorative Justice Team for its innovative NVMS-FCPS School-Based Restorative Justice Program.

Served two terms as member of the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (RPC), a federal advisory committee; elected RPC vice chair in 2006, served as vice chair of RPC Subcommittee on Royalty Management, reappointed for 3-year term ending in 2012, last serving as chair, RPC Oil and Gas Valuation Subcommittee.

Recipient of 2002 Minerals Management Service (renamed Office of Natural Resources Revenue) Corporate Leadership Award for alternative dispute resolution activity.

Two-term member of Secretary of the Interior’s original Royalty Management Advisory Committee (1986-1990).

Author of leading articles on royalty management and transportation fuels.

Frequent expert witness in False Claims Act and class action litigation on oil and gas valuation issues.

Past guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law School and University of Houston Law School on regulation of transportation fuels under the Clean Air Act.

Admitted to patent bar as patent agent.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Northern Virginia Mediation Service.

Past Member, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.

Past Board Member and chair, Virginia Mediation Network Standards of Practice Committee.

Member, Virginia Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee.

Past member, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; past Section council member; past chair of Section’s Public Lands and Land Use Committee.

Former trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; regular faculty member for Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education courses on Outer Continental Shelf leasing and royalty management.

Guest lecturer at George Washington University on restorative justice; past guest lecturer at Georgetown University  and University of Houston law schools on environmental and natural resources issues.

Publications & Papers

David T. Deal and Megan Johnston, “Working Together for Youth: Multi-Agency Integration of Restorative Justice Programming,” ACResolution Magazine, Special Issue on Restorative Justice, Winter 2017: 30-31.

David T. Deal, “Compendium of Research Materials on Christian Interpersonal Forgiveness,” unpublished paper prepared for Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA, April 2017.

David T. Deal, ” Should Forgiveness Be an Objective of Restorative Justice?”, unpublished paper prepared for Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA, December 2015.

David T. Deal, “Enhancing Application of Restorative Practices: Best Practices, Practice Wisdom and Peer Supervision,” International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP),¬† Bethlehem, PA, October 27, 2015.

David T. Deal, “Mediation Best Practices Backgrounder,” Virginia Mediation Network Spring Conference, Richmond, VA, March 1, 2014.

David T. Deal, “Fairfax County Virginia’s Integrated Restorative Justice Program,” International Institute of Restorative Practices, September 27, 2013.

David T. Deal, “Primer on Restorative Justice,” American Ethical Union 98th Annual Assembly, Fairfax, VA, June 13-16, 2013.

David T. Deal & Vickie Shoap, ” Restorative Justice Best Practice Standards,” RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FACILITATOR TRAINING MANUAL, Fairfax County Public Schools, 2013.

David T. Deal, “School-Based Restorative Justice: Ten Lessons Learned,” 3rd National Conference on Restorative Justice, Panel on School-Based Restorative Justice, Raleigh, NC, June 8-11, 2011.


    Summer 2016
    Facilitated pre-final sentencing Victim Offender Conference for serious automobile accident-related case in Jefferson County, West Virginia Circuit Court case.
    July 21, 2016

    Spring 2016
    "Introduction to Restorative Justice," annual guest lecture for George Washington University Law Center alternative dispute resolution class.
    March 31, 2015

    Winter 2016
    Keynote presentation offender at Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky conference in Louisville, "Breaking the Chains That Bind: Restorative Justice, Prison, and Re-Entry Ministry."
    February 26-27, 2016

    Winter 2015
    With Episcopal clergy and Bureau of Prisons representatives commenced exploration of pilot project integrating restorative justice with existing prison mentoring program for inmates scheduled for community re-entry.
    January, 2015

    December 2014
    Served as facilitator at American Anthropological Association annual conference for process directed at guaging AAA members' views on Israel-Palestine tensions and the prospect of an AAA resolution endorsing a boycott of Israeli educational institutions.
    December 4, 2014

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