David S. Warner

Partner
Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department
David S. Warner

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”

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Admissions:

  • New York
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Federal Court of Connecticut
  • Federal Court of the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York

Education:

  • J.D., Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, with Honors
  • B.A., Hofstra University

Memberships:

  • New York Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • California State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Lexis Practice Advisor Board
    • Labor and Employment Law

David S. Warner is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Department at Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP.

Mr. Warner advises, trains and represents employers across the country in all aspects of employment and labor law. For nearly three decades, he has skillfully guided employers of all sizes and in a variety of industries through challenging employment situations amidst ever-changing employment and labor laws. A highly successful trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Warner also has extensive litigation experience, which includes representing employers in single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, class/collective actions, arbitrations, and government agency proceedings.

In addition to his numerous successes in trials, agency hearings and arbitrations, Mr. Warner has obtained notable victories in a host of other contexts. For example, he recently persuaded a state department of labor to withdraw a multi-million dollar assessment against a client for allegedly misclassifying its independent contractors — without having to resort to costly litigation. Mr. Warner is a trusted counselor who takes pride in building long-term client relationships by being responsive, efficient, and pragmatic.

Mr. Warner earned his law degree, with honors, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He graduated law school in the top 5% of his class and was recognized for excellence in employment and labor law. He also was an editor of the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal and a member of its Labor Law Moot Court Team. During law school, Mr. Warner gained valuable perspective by working for two union/employee-side law firms and interning for the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. After law school, Mr. Warner was awarded the honor of special trial training in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, where he tried cases as a prosecutor.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Warner spent over 20 years practicing labor and employment Law at an AmLaw100 firm.

Mr. Warner has been selected for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers ® list for Labor and Employment Law.

“Who Can It Be Now?” New York’s Highest Court Explains Who May Be Liable For Discrimination Based On A Criminal Conviction, Littler Insight, May 6, 2017

New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Guidance on Citywide “Ban-the-Box” Law , Littler Insight, November 9, 2015

NYC Commission Issues Guidance on the Citywide Bill Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions, Littler Insight, September 22, 2015

New York City Council Bans the Box , Littler Insight, June 12, 2015

New York City Council Passes the First Citywide Bill Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions, Littler Insight, April 21, 2015

New York City Imposes Strict Liability for Discrimination by Managers and Supervisors, Littler Insight, May 14, 2010

The Expanding New York Human Rights Laws, Littler Insight, August 6, 2009
NY Obligates Employers to Post and Disclose Laws Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Criminal Convictions, Littler Insight, December 4, 2008

Better Put that in Writing! New York Updates Its Law on Commission Agreements and Other Wage-Related Statutes, Littler Insight, September 28, 2007

Littler Mendelson on Employment Law Class Actions, Pre-Certification Fact Discovery: E-Discovery Issues in Class Actions, LexisNexis, Co-Author: Philip L. Gordon, 2007

A “Constructive” Decision: The Employee Choice Doctrine Is Alive and Well in New York, Littler Insight, February 8, 2007

Small Employers Beware: The U.S. Supreme Court Has Ruled that Title VII’s Employee-Numerosity Requirement Does Not Determine Jurisdiction, Littler Insight, March 3, 2006

Effective January 1, 2000, California Will Significantly Expand the Number of Persons Who Qualify for Protection Under its Disability Discrimination Laws, Littler Insight, November 1, 2000

Third-Party Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Examination of Client Control, Hofstra Labor Law Journal

Panelist, Ethical Issues in Alternative Dispute Resolution, New York State Bar Ass’n Annual Meeting, Labor & Employment Section, January 2020

2015 Littler Tri-State Employer Conference, New York, NY, November 5, 2015
Non-Compete Agreements: Separating Myth From Reality, New York, NY, November 10, 2011

Managing Leaves of Absence: Preparing for FMLA Changes and Responding to ADA Amendments and Challenges, October 23, 2008

Employment-Related Records in New York, Lorman Education Services, October 17, 2008

Employee Handbooks: Everything You Need To Know To Keep You Out Of Trouble, Lorman Education Services, January 11, 2008

Employment-Related Records in New York, Lorman Education Services, October 18, 2007

Employee Handbooks: Everything You Need To Know To Keep You Out Of Trouble, Lorman Education Services, January 25, 2007

Employment-Related Records in New York, Lorman Education Services, May 17, 2006

Mr. Warner is a member of the Lexis Practice Advisor Board for labor and employment law.

Mr. Warner is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association, the California State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

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