David Seligman

David has been the Executive Director of Towards Justice since 2018 and previously was Strategic 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. David was also co-lead counsel in Solis v. Circle Group, a class action case challenging the misclassification and underpayment of hundreds of immigrant drywall workers who constructed a large luxury development in downtown Denver. That case resulted in the workers recovering all their unpaid wages, and it won honors as the Colorado Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Case of the Year in 2018.

David also performs strategic policy advocacy to support state and local agencies in their efforts to protect workers, and he writes and speaks regularly on forced arbitration, including before state legislatures considering reforms that could mitigate the harms of forced arbitration. He also writes and speaks regularly on the use of the antitrust laws to challenge anticompetitive practices in labor markets.

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.

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.

Selected Presentations:

  • 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

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • District of Colorado
  • Tenth Circuit