D. Robert Davidson, J.D.

D. Robert (Rob) Davidson, J.D. resides in Millville, Columbia County where he graduated from the Millville Area High School.  In 1990, he earned his degree in Land Use Planning from Bloomsburg University and joined Construction Engineering, Inc., where he served as Chief of Surveying and Permitting.  There he was responsible for subdivision, boundary and construction surveys, pipeline right-of-ways, potable water and NPDES waste water disposal permits, erosion and sedimentation control plan approval and solid waste disposal permits.  During this time he provided services on an independent contract basis for many municipalities which included administration and enforcement of municipal zoning, subdivision and land development ordinances, preparing updates to comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and official maps, enforcement and administration of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act including, design and permitting of sewage disposal systems and preparing updates to Act 537 municipal sewage facility plans.

After his graduation from Widener University School of Law in 2002, he joined the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture where he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of Land Use and Natural Resources.  In these roles he was responsible for The Right to Farm Law, Agricultural Security Area’s, challenges to local regulation of farming practices (ACRE), condemnation of agricultural property (ALCAB), Clean and Green and conservation easements (Farmland Preservation).  He developed and was the first Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Farm Transitions and the United States Department of Agriculture Certified Pennsylvania State Mediation Program.  He also served as the Agency’s Open Records Officer.

He brings his expertise to RHP Law Group after serving as corporate counsel for AgChoice Farm Credit where he provided legal support to Pennsylvania’s largest agricultural lender.  In this role he was responsible for preparing and reviewing contracts and loan agreements, resolving title defects, monitoring compliance with, and instructing employees on, consumer lending regulations including, Truth-in-Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act and all Farm Credit Administration regulations.  He also served as Standards of Conduct Official where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with conflict of interest disclosure requirements and reviewing loan actions for board members and employees.

He is currently serving as vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee and along with his wife and daughters operates a small farm in Columbia County where they raise lambs and beef cattle.  He is an active part of his local Volunteer Fire Department serving as a Fire Fighter and EMT.

Rob is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO), is a Pennsylvania licensed Land Surveyor (PLS), and is recognized as a Certified Planner by the American Planning Association (AICP).

Through his extensive experience with the various rules and regulations related to agriculture, he provides counsel to farmers on various real estate, zoning, land use, and permitting issues.  With his unique perspective in farm and agribusiness succession and estate planning he provides services in these areas as well.  As a Registered Land Surveyor, he provides a distinctive viewpoint to boundary and land disputes and offers developers and other real estate professionals expertise in many areas.