David B. Feldman

Shareholder || New York

David B. Feldman is a shareholder in the New York office of Ogletree Deakins. Dave represents management before federal and state courts and administrative agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. In particular, Dave defends employers in various industries, including hospitality (restaurants, spas, hotels), finance, manufacturing, retail, and not-for-profits against wage and hour lawsuits as well as agency investigations and audits.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Dave served as Chair of the Wage & Hour Practice Group at Moses & Singer LLP.  Integral to Dave’s practice are internal corporate audits and customized wage and hour training programs, policies, and procedures to help employers avoid or lessen their exposure to statutory and regulatory violations.

Having also served as Managing Attorney for the New York City Commission on Human Rights where he was responsible for the daily legal activities and operations of its Law Enforcement Bureau, Dave remains active in counseling clients on preventive policies and procedures to maintain compliance with city, state, and federal human rights laws.

Earlier in his career, Dave served as General Counsel for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a national not-for-profit corporation dedicated to combating neuromuscular diseases and to providing care, treatment, education, and legal services to disabled individuals. His tenure at MDA gives him additional insight into the importance of developing and maintaining workplace policies and procedures that conform to corporate and legal developments.

Dave is a frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles on wage and hour laws and regulations and employment discrimination. In 2012, Dave received the Samuel M. Kaynard Award for Excellence in the Fields of Labor & Employment Law, an honor recognizing his “strong ideals, accomplishments, keen legal acumen and contributions to the field of labor law.” Dave also served as President of the New York City Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association where he organized programs on current developments in the fields of employment, labor, civil rights, and immigration. Since 2014, Dave has been named a Super Lawyer in the Metro Edition of New York Super Lawyers®.


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Professional Activities

  • President, Labor and Employment Relations Association, New York City Chapter (2010-2011); Member, Board of Advisors (2012 – Present)
  • Chair, Alumni Advisory Board, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal (2005-Present)
  • Mentor, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Director, Prelaw Studies, Hofstra University College for Continuing Education (1992-1998)
  • Pro Bono Consultant, Hofstra University Senate Task Force on Bias, Discrimination and Harassment (1995-1998)
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York City Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • European American Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter
  • New York State Restaurant Association
  • New York City Hospitality Alliance
  • Society for Human Resource Management


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