David Toscano, AttorneyDavid J. Toscano

David J. Toscano specializes in family law, including child custody, support, divorce, and the division of marital property. In addition to his family law practice, he also provides estate planning, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney. He has extensive trial experience in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District, and Circuit Courts in the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and surrounding jurisdictions.

Mr. Toscano became an attorney to help people resolve legal problems in their lives, and to represent children and families protect their legal rights and plan for the future. He believes that strong and effective representation can make a big difference to the happiness of individuals and their families.

David is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Virginia Collaborative Professionals, the Virginia State Bar, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, and the Central Virginia Collaborative Professionals.

Mr. Toscano is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, having served for 14 years. In addition to being elected the Democratic leader in the House (2011-2018), he sat on the House Courts of Justice, Commerce and Labor, and Transportation Committees, and frequently sponsored legislation in the family law area.

Mr. Toscano was born in Syracuse, New York in 1950, the first of five children. He was educated in the public schools, received a BA from Colgate University in 1972, a PhD. in Sociology from Boston College in 1979, and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has taught at various universities, including Boston College, the University of Maryland (European Division), Piedmont Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. He has been a practicing attorney since 1986.

Mr. Toscano served on the Charlottesville City Council from 1990 to 2002 and as Mayor from 1994 to 1996. He is the author of two books, Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives ( University of Virginia Press, 2021), and Bellwether: Virginia’s Political Transformation, 2006-2020, (Hamilton Books, 2022). and has published articles in the Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Richmond Times Dispatch, and Virginia Pilot, among others. He also publishes at deltoscano.substack. He has lived in the City of Charlottesville for forty years. He is married to Nancy Tramontin and has one son, Matthew.