David A. Grant

Partner

Washington, D.C.
T 202.861.1638  |  F 202.861.1783

"...His thorough knowledge and understanding of our unique organization and culture has been especially valuable to establishing our collaborative relationship that has lasted more than 25 years."

— This comment appears on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" website at bestlawfirms.usnews.com

David Grant represents clients in wage and hour matters and investigations, unfair labor practice charges and hearings, collective bargaining negotiations, litigation, mediation, and arbitration. With 35 years of experience, he navigates clients through all aspects of labor and employment law, with the goal of zealously representing clients while promoting respectful and dignified treatment of all individuals in the workplace. David looks to develop a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses, to help anticipate and prevent workplace disputes before they arise.

David is the national leader of the Firm's Employment and Labor Group. He is a frequent speaker on wage and hour and other employment law issues. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in Washington, D.C., in Employment Law–Management and Litigation–Labor and Employment. He is a contributor to BakerHostetler's Employment Class Action blog, offering commentary on recent class action decisions and trends affecting employers.

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  • Represents military government contractor in employment law matters, including issues arising at the intersection of the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Service Contract Act.
  • Represented security company faced with public picketing and unfair labor practice charges initiated by major East Coast labor union. No administrative complaint ensued from these charges; the picketing proceeded peacefully with no disruption of the company’s business.
  • Negotiated successor collective bargaining agreements between local affiliate of leading media enterprise and several local unions that have resulted in preservation and expansion of news operations. Understandings were reached among the unions and the employer through principled collaboration and constructive dialogue focused on the legitimate business issues at the heart of these negotiations.
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Experience

  • Represents military government contractor in employment law matters, including issues arising at the intersection of the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Service Contract Act.
  • Represented security company faced with public picketing and unfair labor practice charges initiated by major East Coast labor union. No administrative complaint ensued from these charges; the picketing proceeded peacefully with no disruption of the company’s business.
  • Negotiated successor collective bargaining agreements between local affiliate of leading media enterprise and several local unions that have resulted in preservation and expansion of news operations. Understandings were reached among the unions and the employer through principled collaboration and constructive dialogue focused on the legitimate business issues at the heart of these negotiations.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in surprise unannounced investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor of the company's payroll practices and federal wage and hour compliance at the relevant establishment.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the agency investigator expressed appreciation for the company’s professionalism.
  • With diplomatic counseling, worked through highly sensitive workplace conduct issues at an employer in the public eye. The situation was resolved quietly and amicably with no adverse publicity.
  • Defended a transportation employer in federal district court litigation implicating alleged race, national origin, and disability discrimination.  The matter was resolved in mediation for far less than defense costs.
  • Represented employer during reorganization of a national non-profit. No charges arose out of this reorganization. The employer subsequently has been able to expand its services.

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America© (2013 to 2015)
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC
    • Washington, D.C.: Employment Law–Management
    • Washington, D.C.: Litigation–Labor & Employment
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1978

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978
  • A.B., Bowdoin College, 1975, summa cum laude

Blog

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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Claims Regarding Disability Benefits
August 29, 2014
ERISA benefit claims are frequently of only modest size individually, but can become overwhelming in a class context.  A decision this week from the Sixth Circuit affirms the dismissal of a putative class-wide disability claim under a...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The California Court of Appeal Disregards Differences Among Cell Phone Plans; Orders Reconsideration of Refusal to Certify Class Seeking Reimbursement of Employee Expenses
August 21, 2014
We are now seeing “bring your own device policies” in the class action context, and at least one court has glossed over differences among cell phone plans and usage to leave open the possibility of certifying a class in that context. In...
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Employment Class Action Blog
New York District Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Interns
August 20, 2014
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Rejects Pseudo-Expert Reports and Refuses to Certify Off-the-Clock Case
August 15, 2014
Off-the-clock cases involving call centers have been in vogue for a number of years despite lingering issues regarding whether they can truly be resolved on a class-wide basis.  A recent case from the District of Maryland, Faust v. Comcast...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Refuses to Uphold Collective Action Waiver Absent Arbitration
August 11, 2014
My working title for this blog was “collective action grab bag,” concerning the recent Sixth Circuit case in Killion v. KeHE Distributors, LLC, Case Nos. 12-3357/4340 (6th Cir. July 31, 2014).  I went with the title that seemed to be of...
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