About Me

Core Education

Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1972; licensed to practice in Virginia, District of Columbia, and several federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States

Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Villanova University, 1966.

Work History

2006-present. Principal, Deal Consulting & Dispute Resolution, dba as DealWork, Falls Church, VA.

2006-2010, Expert Witness (Federal Royalty Management Litigation), Alexandria, VA.

2003-2006, Senior Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski, Washington, DC.

1975-2003, Director, Office of General Counsel, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC.

1973-1975, Counsel for Regulations, Office of Land Use & Water Planning, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC..

1972-1973, Attorney, Office of Mobile Source Enforcement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.

1968-1972, Patent Searcher, Manufacturers’ Aircraft Association, Arlington, VA.

1966-1968, Patent Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn.

Mediation & 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 (DIVO) 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, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Trained, certified and practicing as mediator and mentor 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 federal 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 (1967).

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; frequent presenter at ABA Section conferences. Former trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; regular faculty member for Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education courses on Outer Continental Shelf and federal royalty management.

Frequent guest lecturer at George Washington University and George Mason University law schools since 2012 on restorative justice; past guest lecturer at Georgetown University  and University of Houston law schools on environmental and natural resources issues.

Publications & Papers

Mediation and Restorative Justice

David T. Deal, “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” Webinar for Kentucky Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution and  Criminal Law Sections, September 2020. Copy available by email request.

David T. Deal, “Restorative Justice Primer,” last updated August 2020. Copy available by email request.

David T. Deal, “Managing Forgiveness Issues in Mediation: Respecting Self-Determination,” Virginia Mediation Network Fall Conference, October 2019.

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, “Becoming Ambassadors of Reconciliation,” Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, Breaking the Chains That Bind Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, February 2016.

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,  Bethlehem, PA, October 27, 2015.

David T. Deal, “Backgrounder on Mediation Best Practices,” 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, Bethlehem, PA, 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, March 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.

David T. Deal, “Stretch Your Mediation Wings: School-Based Restorative Justice, Virginia ADR Letter, Fall 2010.

David T. Deal and Joan Packer, “Designing, Marketing and Implementing a School-Based Restorative Justice Program: Lessons Learned in Fairfax County, Virginia,” Association for Conflict Resolution 9th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2009.

Environment & Natural Resources

David T. Deal, “Setting the Legal Framework: Beyond the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Short Course on Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Development, New Orleans, January 2018.

David T. Deal, Dispute Resolution Among Private Parties: Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Short Course on Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing & Development, New Orleans, LA, January, 2009.

David T. Deal, “Recommended Changes in the Department of the Interior’s Oil and Gas Royalty Management Program,”Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal, Vol. 45, No.1, 2008, 15-33.

David T. Deal, “Are You Thinking Outside the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Box?,” Ch. 10 Oil and Gas Law, Institute for Energy Law,  Fifty-Ninth Annual Institute on Oil and Gas Law, Houston, TX, September 2008, 277 -335.

David T. Deal, “Mobile Source Fuels and Fuel Additives, ” Ch. 4 Clean Air Law and Regulation, Bureau of National Affairs, 1992, 56-118.



    Guest speaker for “Introduction to Restorative Justice” presentation for George Washington University law School ADR class, an annual event since 2012.
    March 2021

    Participate in London-based Forgiveness Project skill-based course “Working with Stories of Lived Experience” focused on using storytelling as  a transformative tool for change. Comprising four 3.5 hour online sessions (and and micro-experiments between sessions) for a class capped at 22 members during February and March 2021, the online course, accredited through the National Council for Psychotherapists, is directed at practitioners in fields such as Criminal Justice, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice, and Restorative Peace Building, which employ storytelling to address issues like forgiveness, trauma, shame and resilience.
    February 2021


    As guest speaker offered for the third time  “Introduction to Restorative Justice” presentation for George Mason University graduate class “Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization Contexts”.
    October 2020

    Served as joint facilitator in demonstration case handled by Arlington County, Virginia’s progressive “RJ Arlington” restorative justice program.
    September 2020

    Delivered 90-minute Zoom webinar for Kentucky Bar Association, “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” for 80-participant group of lawyers and mediators; materials include a recently revised 14-page “Restorative Justice Primer,” 2-page outline, and Power Point slides, all of which are available upon request.
    September 2020

    Delivered most updated version of “Introduction to Restorative Justice” presentation for George Washington University law students, a presentation delivered every Spring since 2012.
    April 2020

    Began remote mediation of small  claims cases in Washington, DC.
    March 2020


    Facilitated myriad small claims and truancy cases for District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division.

    Delivered practice-oriented presentation at Virginia Mediation Network Fall conference, “Managing Forgiveness Issues in Mediation: Respecting Self-Determination.”
    September 2019