Large employers, whether on a local or national scale, will face issues that arise from their employees, directors, competitors and labor unions. David Burton is an attorney you want on your side when these matters surface.

Large employers, whether on a local or national scale, will face issues that arise from their employees, directors, competitors and labor unions. David Burton 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 he 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.

Starting at the inside of a company, David has extensive experience representing businesses throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. When businesses have to deal with the improper actions of their directors and/or employees, David has represented companies in breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret, tortious interference and business conspiracy cases involving both directors and employees.  In addition, David’s experience serving as outside general counsel to several clients has provided him with the opportunity to train and counsel both directors and officers on how to comply with their fiduciary duties, conflict of interest and other corporate governance policies.

Whether your company is in the energy (such as mining and natural gas), tobacco, health care, education, transportation or retail industry, David has experience helping businesses just like yours, providing both practical and legal advice on day to day labor issues, employment issues and corporate governance 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.

David serves as the firm's Hampton Roads Managing Partner. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

  • 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.