David A. Grant

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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"...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

Overview

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 former chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and is co-leader of the firm’s Wage and Hour team. 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, labor law and litigation. He is a contributor to BakerHostetler's Employment Class Action blog, offering commentary on recent class action decisions and trends affecting employers.

Select Experience

  • Represents a 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 a security company faced with public picketing and unfair labor practice charges initiated by a 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 a local affiliate of a leading media enterprise and several local unions that have resulted in the 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 a 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 a security company faced with public picketing and unfair labor practice charges initiated by a 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 a local affiliate of a leading media enterprise and several local unions that have resulted in the 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 a Fortune 500 company in a 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 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 the defense costs.
  • Represented an employer during the reorganization of a national nonprofit. No charges arose out of this reorganization. The employer subsequently has been able to expand its services.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in the District of Columbia (2017 to 2019)
    • Recognized Practitioner (2017 to 2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015 to 2020)
    • Recommended in Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense (2015 to 2019)
    • Recommended in Labor-management relations (2015 to 2017, 2019 to 2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Washington, D.C.: Employment Law – Management (2013 to Present)
    • Washington, D.C.: Labor Law – Management (2016 to Present)
      • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" (2018)
    • Washington, D.C.: Litigation – Labor & Employment (2013 to Present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

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

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
Florida Decision Involving Workers Unable to Read English Illustrates the Basics for an Enforceable Arbitration Agreement
By John B. Lewis
October 7, 2020
Sometimes, a decision can detail the requirements for an enforceable employee arbitration agreement better than a legal treatise. That is certainly true in Gustave v. SBE ENT Holdings, LLC, No. 1:19-cv-23961 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 30, 2020). In...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Fifth Circuit Finds Grievance Settlement Extinguished FLSA Claims
By Todd A. Dawson
September 30, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Stuntz v. Lion Elastomers, LLC, Case No. 19-40336 (Sept. 23, 2020), offers some reassurance to employers that wage and hour issues can be properly (and finally) resolved...
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Employment Class Action Blog
North Carolina Court Rejects Collective Action Based on Regular Rate Issues
By Gregory V. Mersol
September 28, 2020
In some instances, it’s hard to see what benefit there is to a class action other than for the lawyers. This is particularly true in so-called “regular rate” cases challenging employer perks such as free meals, various kinds of bonuses, or...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eleventh Circuit Invalidates Class Action Individual Incentive Awards
By Gregory V. Mersol
September 21, 2020
Yes, you read that right. Class action litigation is fueled largely by the availability of often large attorney fee awards. To get a class action case in the first place, however, attorneys bringing them often entice a potential individual...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Wage and Hour Division Issues Two Employer-Friendly Rules
By Shareef Farag, David A. Grant
May 22, 2020
This week, the Wage and Hour Division announced the issuance of two rules interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that modernize its application and lessen the burden of overtime calculations for certain employers. First, the...
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