David M. Kozloff received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award on May 20th as part of WAEF’s annual Scholarship Ceremony.
Since the age of two, Dave Kozloff has been a long-time resident of Wyomissing. Dave attended Wyomissing schools from kindergarten through high school and graduated in 1959 as president of his senior class. He continued his education at Harvard College, receiving an A.B.,cum laude, in Economics in 1963, and went on to the law school of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving an LL.B. in 1966. He was a member of Wyomissing’s successful football teams of the late 1950’s, and was named to the Inter-County League Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Wyomissing Football Association Hall of Fame in 2016.
Dave was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1966 and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His law practice has focused on civil litigation in state and federal courts, appellate practice, and business and corporation law.
In the early years, Dave became a partner in the Rhoda, Stoudt & Bradley law firm, leaving there in 1974 to move his practice to Wyomissing. In 1980 he formed a law partnership in Wyomissing which became Kozloff, Diener, Payne & Fegley. In 2000, the firm merged with Rhoda, Stoudt & Bradley to form Kozloff Stoudt, Professional Corporation, where he served as Chairman until 2011 when he became of Counsel to the firm.
His professional honors include President of the Berks County Bar Association, member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and honored as a Legend of the Bar by the Berks County Bar Association in 2011. He is a Life Fellow of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Dave has served on numerous community and corporate boards, including the YMCA of Berks County, South Mountain YMCA, of which he was founding president, Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Berks County Senior Citizens Council, Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Historical Society of Berks County, Reading Eagle Company, and Moselem Development Company.
While he was in law school, during a summer stint at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., Dave met a recent graduate of Wellesley College, Jeraldine Dickson. Up to then, he says he never paid much attention to redheads. That changed; they were married in April of 1967. In addition to their son, Sam, in whose memory they have established a memorial scholarship with WAEF, they are the parents of Louis Kozloff and Deborah Kozloff Hearey, and the grandparents of six grandchildren.
The Kozloff family has a long history with the Wyomissing schools. Dave’s brother, Philip, and sister Arielle, are both graduates of Wyomissing High School, as were Sam and Deborah. Dave’s mother, Marion Kozloff, was secretary to the high school guidance department until her retirement. As many of you know, Jeri Kozloff taught in the senior high school, and was the first executive director of WAEF.
When not lugging briefcases into courtrooms, Dave enjoys fly fishing, golf and antique automobiles. His 1950 Cadillac was a regular in the Fourth of July parade for over thirty years. Dave and Jeri share a mutual interest in music and travel, often in combination, and he can still bang out some classic piano rags, with proper encouragement.