David B. Chidlaw

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Biography

David B. Chidlaw is a partner in the firm's San Diego office where he specializes in labor and employment matters on behalf of management, employers and high net worth individuals.

Areas of Practice

David has broad experience counseling and defending employers on a wide variety of employment issues, including immigration. He has substantial experience representing employers in representative and class actions under Federal and California wage and hour law, including prevailing wage matters. He has defended employers in wrongful termination and employment discrimination litigation, including sexual harassment, race, age, national origin, gender, and disability discrimination. He also represents employers in unfair competition and trade secret litigation.

David has substantial administrative litigation and counseling experience before State and Federal Agencies, including the NLRB, Cal/OSHA, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (the Labor Commissioner), the California Apprenticeship Council and Division of Apprenticeship Standards, the U.S. Department of Labor, BCIS, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, the OFCCP, and the EEOC.

David has advised both organized and merit shop employers for the length of his career. He has advised and represented employers in collective bargaining negotiations, organizing drives, decertification efforts and grievance arbitration matters. He regularly defends employers before the NLRB. He also provides guidance and training on union avoidance. David provides daily advice to management clients on a wide variety of labor issues including wage and hour, reductions in force, personnel policies and employee handbooks, affirmative action compliance, employment-based immigration, protection of proprietary information, and discipline and termination matters.

Honors

•Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2018-2019
•San Diego Super Lawyer, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
•Top San Diego Lawyers, 2013, 2014

Articles

• New Prevailing-Wage Risks For Calif. Public Works Projects, Law360, January 24, 2014

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

• A Solution in Search of a Problem: The California Legislature Imposes Duties for Employers When ICE Audits Your I-9s, December 5, 2017

Latin American Blog Posts

• A Surge In Populism: Dangers To Transnational Trade In The Americas And Reasons For Hope, August 18, 2016

Speaking Engagements

•Frequent speaker before employer and human resources groups on topics ranging from wage and hour to employment discrimination

Newsletters

•Enfoque Latino - Spring 2008
April 1, 2008
•Enfoque Latino - Spring 2007
March 1, 2007
•Enfoque Latino - Summer 2005
September 20, 2005

Events

•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2019 Seminar Series
April 30, 2019
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - San Diego
Fall 2018 Seminar Series
October 11, 2018
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2018 Seminar Series
April 4, 2018
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2017 Seminar Series
April 26, 2017
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - San Diego
Fall 2016 Seminar Series
October 4, 2016
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2016 Seminar Series
April 21, 2016
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - San Diego
Fall 2015 Seminar Series
October 22, 2015
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2015 Seminar Series
May 14, 2015
•Labor & Employment Legal Update & Happy Hour
Fall 2014 Seminar Series - San Diego
October 28, 2014
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2014 Seminar Series
April 3, 2014
•Labor and Employment Law Update and Happy Hour - San Diego
Fall 2013 Seminar Series
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , September 17, 2013
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Spring 2013 Seminar Series
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , May 1, 2013
•Labor and Employment Law Update & Happy Hour Fall 2012 - La Jolla
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , September 19, 2012
•Labor and Employment Law Update & Happy Hour Spring 2012 - San Diego
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , April 26, 2012
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Diego
Labor & Employment Law Update Fall 2011
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , September 14, 2011
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - San Diego
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , March 24, 2011
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - San Diego
Our New, Improved, and FREE Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer (in the Evening!)
Hyatt Regency La Jolla - San Diego , September 16, 2010
•Labor and Employment Law: Mid-Year Update 2009 - San Diego
Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley , September 17, 2009
•ACC San Diego Chapter JULY MCLE: Employment Law Trends and Predictions
Sheppard Mullin's Downtown San Diego Office , July 23, 2009
•New Labor & Employment Laws for 2009 - La Jolla
Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , February 24, 2009
•The Employee Free Choice Act: No Choice At All - San Francisco
Sheppard Mullin's San Francisco Office , January 23, 2009
•The Employee Free Choice Act: No Choice At All - San Diego Area
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , January 8, 2009
•Labor and Employment Law: Mid-Year Update 2008 - La Jolla
Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , October 8, 2008
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - La Jolla
Hyatt Regency La Jolla , January 22, 2008

Areas of Practice (24)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employee Benefits/ERISA
  • Immigration
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Affirmative Action
  • Handbooks and Personnel Policies
  • Health and Safety Regulations/OSHA
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Public Works and Prevailing Wage Law
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Labor Union Management Relations
  • Litigation
  • Construction
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Healthcare
  • Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Multifamily Housing
  • Retail
  • Sports
  • Transportation
  • Trucking and Logistics

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619.338.6614  Phone
619.234.3815  Fax
www.sheppardmullin.com
University Attended:
University of California, Davis, B.S., 1980
Law School Attended:
University of California, Davis, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
1989
Admission:
United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; 1989, California; California State Courts
Memberships:

Memberships

•Member, San Diego County Bar Association
•Member, American Subcontractors Association
•Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

ISLN:
908410918

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

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