David has been the Executive Director of Towards Justice since 2018 and previously was Litigation Counsel with the organization. At Towards Justice, David has litigated several class and collective actions to attack systematic injustices in the labor market, including serving as lead counsel in the first antitrust case to challenge “no hire” provisions in franchise agreements among fast-food franchisees and several cases challenging the misclassification of workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, David has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in several large-scale cases brought by warehouse and meatpacking workers seeking to enforce public health guidance within their workplaces.
David also supports advocates, organizers, workers and consumers seeking policy reforms at the state and local level on a range of economic justice issues. He writes and speaks regularly on forced arbitration, including before state legislatures considering reforms that could mitigate the harms of forced arbitration, on the intersection of labor and antitrust laws, and on workplace health and safety issues.
Prior to his work at Towards Justice, David was a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, working on forced arbitration and predatory auto lending. While there, he authored the Model State Consumer and Employee Justice Enforcement Act, which provides states with tools to mitigate some of the harms that forced arbitration causes low-income consumers and workers. David remains a contributing author for the National Consumer Law Center, where he authors the organization’s treatise on the enforceability of forced arbitration clauses and class waivers.
In 2020, David was awarded the Rising Star Award by the National Consumer Law Center. The award honors an attorney or attorneys (in practice for 15 years or less) who made major contributions to consumer law within the past two years. David was also co-lead counsel in Solis v. Circle Group, a class action challenging the misclassification and underpayment of hundreds of immigrant drywall workers that won honors as the Colorado Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Case of the Year in 2018.
David clerked for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts and Judges Robert D. Sack and Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. David is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School.
Fighting Arbitration Agreements Post-Epic, NELA Wage & Hour Seminar, Denver, CO, April 2019
Litigation Involving Workers on Temporary Visas, Freedom Network, Washington, D.C., March 2019
Non-Traditional Causes of Action, National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Rights Conference, Denver, CO, October 2018
Unrigging the Labor Market, Harvard Law School, July 2018
Litigating Enforceability Issues, Colorado Bar Association, Employment Law Conference, Vail, CO, September 2018
The Fine Print in Employment Contracts, Presentation to Wage Theft Cohort, Los Angeles, CA, June 2018
District of Colorado