David Wachtel joined Trister Ross on February 1, 2016. He has practiced employment law for employees in Washington, D.C. since 1993. Clients’ reviews are on AVVO.

Mr. Wachtel’s work includes trial court and administrative litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has successfully represented employees with claims of race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, violation of civil service rights, interference with FMLA rights, and retaliation on the basis of whistleblower activity in the nuclear, aviation, defense, and finance industries.

Washingtonian Magazine named Mr. Wachtel among the top lawyers in Washington in every survey between 2004 and 2013. He has also been listed consistently in Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers.®

 

Education:

  • University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1989
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  • Washington University in St. Louis 1984

 

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth, Seventh Circuits
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

 

Prior Professional Experience:

  • Partner, Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC, 2006-2016
  • Associate and Member, Rose & Rose, P.C., 1993-2005

 

Activities:

  • Editorial Advisory Board of Wolters-Kluwer, CCH EMPLOYMENT LAW DAILY.
  • Civil Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)

 

Publications:

Articles:

  • Amended Disabilities Act Widens Protection, Policy & Practice: The Magazine of the American Public Human Services Association (February 2009)
  • Interactive Process for Hiring the Disabled, Policy & Practice: The Magazine of the American Public Human Services Association (September 2007)
  • What Does Broad New Definition of ‘Retaliation’ Mean to You? The HR Specialist’s Employment Law (August 2006)
  • Sanctions for Deleting and Over-writing Electronic Information: Broccoli v. Echostar Communications Corp., Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law Newsletter (Winter 2005)
  • Perspective: Managing Your Employees’ Emotional Disability Claims, You & the Law (June 1999)
  • Spotlighting: Shop Smart for Insurance Against Employee Bias Claims, You & the Law, (January 1999)
  • Spotlighting: Sexual Harassment: Supreme Court Says You’re Safe If You Exercise “Reasonable Care.” What Does That Mean? You & the Law (November 1998)

 

Presentations:

  • Panelist, Addressing Smart Technology: Ethical & Evidentiary Issues, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention (6/2015)
  • Panelist and Organizer, Smart Phone Discovery, Privacy, and Practice – A Braver Newish World, District of Columbia Bar, Labor & Employment Section (12/16/2014)
  • Sexual Orientation and Identity in Employment Law, Audio Conference for West Legal Education Center (7/16/2014) (with Karen Tanenbaum, Esq.)
  • Are You Smarter Than Your Cell Phone? Audio Conference for West Legal Education Center (6/10/2014) (with Matthew Radler, Esq.)
  • Seminar on Issues in the Administration of Justice for the Tribunal of Justice of Rio de Janeiro, Litigating a Civil Case –Summary Judgment & Pretrial Issues, Washington, D.C. (11/13/2012)
  • UAVs/Drones and Privacy Issues, Audio Conference for West Legal Education Center (8/8/2012)
  • EEOC’s Final ADAAA Regulations, Audio Conference for Law Seminars International, (6/22/2011)
  • Age Discrimination–Supreme Court Spurs New Litigation (Plaintiff’s Perspective) Audio Conference for (4/2005)