David C. Burton: Lawyer with Williams Mullen

David C. Burton

Norfolk,  VA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Appellate Practice
  • Petroleum Refining & Marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Whistleblower Defense
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Contact InfoTelephone: 757.622.3366
Fax: 757.629.0660
University Elon College, B.A., 1988
Law SchoolUniversity of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1991
Admitted1991, Virginia
BornRichmond, Virginia, July 31, 1965

Large employers, whether on a local or national scale, will face issues that arise from their employees and from labor unions. David Burton, chair of Williams Mullen's Labor & Employment section, is an attorney you want on your side when these matters surface.

Those issues can stem from Title VII, age discrimination, fair labor standards, family and medical leave, the WARN Act, wrongful discharge, covenants not to compete, and employment contracts and handbooks, as well as other state and federal employment issues. David counsels employers on remaining union-free and decertifying existing unions in the workforce, and represents employers in aspects of unfair labor practice proceedings. He also represents management at the bargaining table in labor contract negotiations and arbitrations. David has presented numerous on-site training seminars for supervisors and management personnel on a variety of labor and employment issues.

Whether your company is in the energy (such as mining and natural gas), tobacco, healthcare, transportation or retail industry, David has experience helping businesses just like yours, providing both practical and legal advice on day to day labor and employment issues. Should you find yourself in a dispute, David represents clients in trials, arbitrations and various other fact finding processes throughout the country.

David's extensive experience, paired with his approachable, accessible demeanor and persuasive, highly-effective legal style make him an attorney you may want to consider for your team.


· Significant experience defending employers in the Federal Courts of Virginia and other jurisdictions (including New York, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California) in cases involving Title VII, disability, and age discrimination cases.

· Defended four collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

· Defended clients in pattern and practice claims brought by the EEOC on numerous occasions.

· Federal court experience includes three jury trials involving Title VII claims made against employers.

· Extensive experience in the area of labor relations under the National Labor Relations Act, representing management before the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts throughout the country.

Awards & Honors

Listed in "Legal Elite," Virginia Business magazine

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Labor & Employment Litigation

Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine

Top 100 Virginia Lawyers

Listed as a leading Labor & Employment attorney by Chambers, USA

Community Involvement

Leadership Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Beach Division; Board of Directors

Virginia Stage Company, Board of Directors (2005-2011)

 (Also at Virginia Beach Office)


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Return Of The Ambush: NLRB Resurrects Expedited Election Rules
David C. Burton,J. Nelson Wilkinson, February 10, 2014
On February 5, the National Labor Relations Board re-issued a proposed rule change that would drastically expedite union representation elections. These “ambush election” rules are an attempt to achieve many of the same ends that unions have long sought, and failed, to achieve through...

In Rebuff to Labor Board, Fifth Circuit Sustains Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers
Beth Hirsch Berman,David C. Burton,J. Nelson Wilkinson, December 9, 2013
In recent years, employers have faced increased, and increasingly expensive, class action litigation from current and former employees. In response, many employers have turned to arbitration agreements with class-action waivers as a preemptive defense to such lawsuits.

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David C. Burton

999 Waterside Drive
NorfolkVA 23510-3300


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