David L. Weissman

From 2002 through 2007, David was Chair of Reed Smith's Labor & Employment Group, and provided leadership and guidance to its 100 professionals in both the United States and Europe.

David has a diverse and wide practice. He advises both unionized and union-free clients on a full range of labor and employee-relations matters. With respect to traditional labor matters, David represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, labor disputes, grievances and arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal courts. David has handled matters with virtually every major union over the course of his career, including the IBEW, UFCW, UNITE HERE, SAGAFTRA, LIUNA, IBT, GCIU, UAW, SMW, IOE, SEIU, Carpenters, Marble Workers, Plumbers, and AFSCME. David also advises clients on the legal aspects of remaining union-free.

David represents local and national companies, as well as not-for-profit organizations. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements for clients in a variety of industries, including the hotel and restaurant industry, airline service, food, cable, waste management, pharmaceutical, newspaper, retail, real estate holding, advertising and construction. His experience on both sides of the negotiating table brings a unique perspective to labor negotiations, which has proved to be effective for his clients.

With respect to employee-relations matters, David has extensive experience assisting clients in numerous industries with the development and maintenance of personnel policies and personnel infrastructures. In this regard, David often works on these issues with clients as business needs and culture change as a result of business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions.

David advises employers on employee benefits issues, particularly with the administration of Taft Hartley Multi-Employer Health and Welfare Plans. He serves as a national management trustee on behalf of the advertisers and ad agencies to the SAG Pension & Health Funds, which manages over $3.5 billion in assets.

David also represents high-level executives in their negotiations and drafting of employment contracts. This includes reviewing the various stock option plans associated with employment. He also advises executives on their separation from employment and entitlements under their employment contracts. Among David's clients are individuals from both public and private companies, along with high net worth executives entering and leaving Fortune 500 companies. He regularly represents COOs, CEOs, CFOs, GCs, and Human Resource professionals, and has negotiated with companies such as NASDAQ, Hallmark TV, Wasserstein Perilla, SAC Capital, and Barclays, among others.

David also represents companies in wage and hour disputes before both the New York State and United States Departments of Labor, along with cases filed in state and federal courts. David takes an inventive approach to these types of disputes and works with clients on achieving cost-effective results.

Finally, David is a regular speaker at Magnet Conferences and periodically offers presentations to HR Representatives and students in the New York area.

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Areas of Practice 1) Advertising, 2) Technology & Media, 3) Advertising, 4) Employment & Labor, 5) Business Transactions, 6) Class Actions, 7) Collective Bargaining and Union Negotiations, 8) Disabilities and Leaves of Absence and 9) Discrimination and Harassment
Law School Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Education George Washington University, B.A., 1987
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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