An attorney specializing in contract and education law, David Sundstrom has been counsel to school district leaders and school district boards on matters ranging from superintendent-board contract negotiations to labor/employment and human resources management, special education compliance, risk management and civil rights policies and compliance.
David Sundstrom began his career in education in 1977 at Michigan’s Hawthorn Center, then a state hospital for severely disturbed children and adolescents in Northville, Michigan. For a period of years he additionally served as an elementary school teacher in rural Parker Corners Michigan, and acknowledges that his years in both special education and general education settings have had a profound effect on his subsequent work as an attorney. Between 1990 and 1999, he taught senior-level courses in Business Law at Michigan State University, and courses in Trial Advocacy and Law Practice at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Sundstrom began his practice of law at Gandelot, Stoepker and Dickson in Detroit in 1985, focusing on contract negotiation and litigation. Over time his practice grew to encompass employment and civil rights issues, employment protocol design and implementation, and contractual and labor dispute-resolution. He subsequently assumed the duties of Chief Corporate Officer for one of North America’s largest provider of administrative software and services in the PreK-12 educational market. In addition to his work for private organizations, he has served in school leadership roles that included the role of Chief of Staff and Interim Superintendent in Wilmington DE, and Chief of Staff for the nation’s 20th largest urban school district: Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville FL.
David Sundstrom is co-author of two textbooks: Power of Teaching—The Science of the Art (1st Edition 2002; 2nd Edition, 2007) and Power of Coaching—Teachers and Teaching (2009)
Sundstrom is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Florida.