David S. Warner
Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department
Federal & state courts of New York, California & District of Columbia
Federal court of Connecticut
J.D., Hofstra School of Law
— Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal
— Labor Law Moot Court
— With Honors, Top 5% of Class
B.A., Hofstra University
David advises, trains and represents employers across the country in all aspects of employment and labor law. For over two decades, he has skillfully guided employers of all sizes in a variety of industries through challenging employment situations and ever-changing employment laws.
A highly successful trial and appellate attorney, David’s extensive litigation experience includes single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, class/collective actions, arbitrations, and government agency proceedings from New York to California.
In addition to his numerous successes in trials, agency hearings and arbitrations, he has obtained notable client victories in the enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employees’ duty of loyalty, independent contractor classifications, and employer rights. David is a trusted counselor who takes pride in building long-term client relationships by being responsive, efficient, and pragmatic.
Prior to joining Dorf & Nelson, David spent over 23 years in the New York and San Francisco offices of Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm. Seven years after being recruited from law school, he was elevated to shareholder, a position he held from 2002-2019.
David is admitted to practice in all of the federal and state courts of New York, California, the District of Columbia, as well as the federal court of Connecticut.
He earned his law degree, with honors, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. David graduated law school in the top 5% of his class and was recognized for excellence in employment and labor law. He was also an editor for the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal and a member of the Labor Law Moot Court Team.
During law school, David gained valuable perspective by working for two union/employee-side law firms and interning for the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
After law school, David was awarded the honor of special trial training in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, where he tried cases as a prosecutor for several months.