David B. Monks: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

David B. Monks

San Diego,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(858) 597-9636

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance - EPLI
  • Independent Contractor and Employee Status
  • Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Law
University Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, B.A., 1986
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, J.D., 1992
Admitted1993, California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional Activities

David is a member of the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management, for which he served on the Board of Directors from 2006 through 2008, and was President in 2007.

He has been an instructor or recurring guest lecturer for human resources certificate programs at San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos.

Also, David has presented employment law topics to HR professionals and other business leaders for the National Business Institute and Lorman Education Services, and to numerous local HR and business organizations.


David Monks is a partner in the San Diego office.

He counsels employers on a wide variety of matters, including employee discipline and termination, wage and hour issues, disability accommodation protocols, family and medical leave issues, investigations of harassment and other misconduct, and independent contractor issues.

In addition, David has substantial experience defending employers and managers against lawsuits and administrative claims involving discrimination, harassment, defamation, breach of contract, and violations of wage-and-hour laws.

As an avid proponent of proactive training and compliance, he presents training seminars on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workplace investigations, wage-and-hour compliance, disability management and accommodation, and other areas.

David's practice has included assisting religious organizations, restaurants, hotels, school districts, credit unions, homeowner associations, professional employer organizations, franchisors, retail markets, and medical practices.

In law school David served on the editorial board of the Maryland Law Review.

After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

David has been selected for inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers since 2007 and he has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.


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Office Information

David B. Monks

4747 Executive Drive
San DiegoCA 92121


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