David Raizman

Shareholder Los Angeles

David Raizman is nationally known for his disability rights practice, specifically for his work under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2012, he was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in California and has been recognized multiple times as a Southern California Super Lawyer.

David works extensively with hotels, sports franchises, stadium and arena owners and operators, amusement parks, theaters, retailers, municipalities and many other clients with operations open to the public to help secure their compliance with disability access laws and to defend the class action and other litigation that is frequently brought against them. In addition to his disability rights experience, David has a thriving practice focused on defending employers on the full range of employment claims, including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, family and medical leave laws and trade secret and non-compete issues.

Outside of his litigation practice, David counsels clients on a daily basis regarding disciplinary decisions, development of best practices, workplace accommodations, leaves of absence, workforce reductions, legal compliance, and employment-related transactions.

A frequent writer and lecturer on labor and employment topics including disability rights, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, David acted as a contributing author to the treatise California Fair Housing and Public Accommodations and as a contributing editor for the California chapters of several BNA publications on trade secrets, noncompetes and the like. He has also written articles for a variety of publications including the Daily Journal, California Real Property Journal, Lodging Hospitality and SHRM online, and has served as a speaker for the Association of Corporate Counsel. David earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was on the board of editors of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and his M.S.J. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He earned an A.B. in economics from Vassar College.


Experience

Disability Access

Mr. Raizman’s disability practice involves his providing ongoing advice to clients in multiple industries on how to construct, alter and operate a facility that provides equal access to the blind, deaf, wheelchair users and those with other disabilities. Mr. Raizman also defends such clients in class action and complex litigation in courts throughout the country challenging the accessibility of their facilities. Some representative experience follows:

Class Actions

  • Defend putative class action challenging accessibility of parking lots in auto parts retailers stores nationwide
  • Defend multiple class actions challenging the accessibility of the sidewalks and curbs throughout a large city
  • Defend putative class action challenging practices and procedures and accessibility of 161 dental clinics located in more than 25 states
  • Defend class action involving accessibility to the blind and visually-impaired of clients’ amusement parks and the websites associated with the amusement parks
  • Defend putative class action challenging accessibility of all of clothing retailer’s stores throughout California
  • Defend putative class action challenging absence of pool lifts in hotel chain’s swimming pools in more than 25 states
  • Defend putative class actions challenging absence of accessible POS devices for the blind at two different retailers’ stores throughout the United States
  • Defend putative class action challenging accessibility of client’s 16 retail locations in Southern California
  • Defend putative class action challenging policies and practices of client’s amusement parks in allowing guests with autism and other disabilities to avoid waiting in line
  • Defend putative class action against real estate investment trust’s hospitality holdings alleging the inaccessibility of the hotels’ shuttle bus services to wheelchair users

Complex, High-Stakes Litigation

  • Defend major sports franchise in sweeping challenge to accessibility of its stadium, ticketing policies and website
  • Won summary judgment on challenge to ride restrictions that prevented certain amusement park guests without arms or legs (or both) from riding certain attractions.  Also negotiated resolution of settlement involving alleged architectural barriers to access throughout theme park and adjacent retail/entertainment center
  • Defended several website owners or operators in litigation that their websites were not accessible to blind or visually-impaired users
  • Representation of several banks against allegations that ATMs in multiple branches are not accessible to the blind
  • Representation of national retailer regarding the accessibility of the audio output of its kiosks and television monitors to deaf customers
  • Representation of major sports franchise on redesign of arena
  • Defend major racetrack on remediation of pre-ADA and post-ADA portions of massive facility
  • Department of Justice and Governmental Investigations
  • Lead response to investigation of charges that national association is giving member clubs unlawful direction (or advice) on accommodating children with disabilities in their local clubs
  • Lead response to investigation of charges that major Northeastern hotel has numerous architectural barriers
  • Lead response to investigation of charges that major municipal airport’s shuttle bus service was not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs

Advice and Compliance

  • Advise clients owning or operating hotels, theaters, amusement parks, entertainment venues, websites, hospitals and medical facilities, stadiums, arenas on issues of both architectural and operational compliance
  • Advise stadium, arena and theatre clients on ticketing policies to comply with 2010 Department of Justice regulations
  • Develop and implement strategies for conducting audits of clients’ compliance with applicable laws and the design of remedial plans
  • Advise clients on development of service animal and Segway policies
  • Advise clients on customer, client and guest requests for auxiliary aids and services and reasonable modifications of policies, practices and procedures
  • Provide training for encountering and assisting guests with disabilities

Employment

Mr. Raizman’s employment practice involves both advice and litigation defense in the full range of employment-related matters, including all manner of discrimination, contract and tort claims and in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. Some representative experience follows:

  • Defend employment discrimination and other employment litigation against movie studio
  • Defend brokerage against claims of sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Advise clients on enforceability of restrictive covenants and the drafting of enforceable covenants
  • Act as outside, national employment counsel to public company in health care industry
  • Advise international owner and operator of stadiums and arenas in employment compliance and employment litigation defense
  • Act as outside employment counsel to national retailer
  • Trade secret advice and litigation

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''What's New in California Employment Law? Plenty!'' - Napa - March 02, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''ADA Accommodations and Title III Trends'' - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''Being Prepared for Litigation: Ten Things To Be Ready To Do When the Summons Arrives'' - Westlake Village - March 01, 2012
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar - ''Trade Secret Litigation in California: Current Issues and Cutting Edge Strategies'' - Los Angeles - March 01, 2011
  • Resch Polster Berger LLP - ''What Every Lawyer Should Know About the ADA'' - Beverly Hills - January 2011
  • American Society of Amusement Parks Safety & Security, Annual Conference - ''Update on Pending ADA Standards'' - Universal City - August 2010
  • California Department of Fair Employment & Housing Symposium - ''How To Make Your Law Firm Accessible To People With Disabilities'' - Los Angeles - April 16, 2010

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Media Quotes

September 25, 2017 - SHRM Online - "DOJ Halts Plan to Create Website Accessibility Regulations"

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