David regularly advises and defends clients in race, age, disability and sex discrimination and harassment cases before the EEOC and in state and federal court; reviews handbooks and termination issues; and provides compliance advice to employers on matters of employment law.
Areas of Focus
McNeil v. Scotland County – Obtained summary judgment for employer in suit where plaintiff alleged race discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as well as violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Successfully defended the judgment in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
McDonald v. Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. – Obtained summary judgment for employer in employee’s claim under the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act that she had been retaliated against for filing a workers compensation claim.
Biery, et al v. Estes Express Lines – Successfully defended and obtained dismissal of class action claim brought by former employees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Webster v. Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., et al. – Obtained summary judgment in claim for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and for breach of fiduciary duty against Employer. Successfully defended the judgment in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Champion v. Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. – Obtained summary judgment in claim for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Successfully defended the judgment in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Spease v. Public Works Commission of the City of Fayetteville – Obtained summary judgment in Title VII discriminatory discharge claim and successfully defended judgment in Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.Visit our Employment page ▶
+Administrative Employment Law
+Affirmative Action Plans & Audit Defense
+Litigation Avoidance Counseling
+Occupational Health & Safety
+Policies, Contracts, & Handbooks
+Certifications & Specializations
Certified Yellow Belt in Legal Lean Sigma by the Legal Lean Sigma Institute®
Campbell University, JD, 1992, cum laude
North Carolina State University, BA, 1988
Recognized as a Leading Attorney by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Labor and Employment) 2016-2018
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (Litigation – Labor and Employment) 2013-2017, 2021, 2023; (Employment Law – Management) 2023
+Professional & Community Activities
Legal Trustee and Board Chair, Board of Trustees, The Raleigh School, 2009 – 2011
Wake County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association