Overview

Corporate clients rely on David Woolf’s judgment and experience to provide sound counsel in employment litigation, employee mobility and restrictive covenant issues, day-to-day employment matters and labor relations. David also advises clients in the context of potential and actual mergers and acquisitions, helping them evaluate the labor and employment risks and opportunities presented. He is the leader of the firm’s employee mobility and restrictive covenants team.

Employment and Restrictive Covenant Litigation

David defends employers in litigation involving individual and class claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state and local agencies. David also frequently litigates non-competition and other post-separation restrictive covenants to ensure that departing employees meet their legal obligations and to address unfair competition by the employees’ new employer.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial on behalf of a large insurance company in an employment discrimination case brought by the EEOC
  • Favorably resolved a putative wage and hour collective action for a nominal amount on an individualized basis on behalf of a large bank while the plaintiffs’ motion for conditional class certification was pending
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of numerous employers in discrimination, retaliation, and other employment-related cases brought by former employees
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order in San Jose, California against two former employees and the employees’ new employer based on the former employees’ breach of their post-separation restrictive covenants and the new employer’s interference with those covenants
  • Obtained the entry by consent of an order enjoining a former senior executive of a major corporation from continuing his new employment as a competitor’s CEO and from working in any other competitive employment for a two-year period

Restrictive Covenant Counsel 

To help clients protect their confidential information and customer goodwill, and prevent unfair post-separation competition and solicitation, David regularly drafts non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants and counsels employers regarding them. He also counsels employers on best practices related to hiring employees who have post-separation restrictions.

Employment Counseling

As day-to-day issues arise, David counsels employers on layoffs, disability and family/medical leave issues, plant closings, wage-and-hour issues, and other matters.  David also conducts internal discrimination and harassment investigations and related training.

Labor-Management Relations 

David advises employers on labor-management relations issues such as organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations and cases before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Representative Experience

  • Advised and assisted a New Jersey hospital in a lengthy union organizing campaign that ended with the employees’ rejection of the union
  • Caused the NLRB to issue a complaint against a union that was engaged in unlawful secondary picketing of a national retailer’s store, and ultimately resolved the matter just before the scheduled hearing through a favorable Board-sponsored settlement

Transaction Counsel

Companies conducting due diligence on potential strategic transactions rely on David to surface possible labor and employment considerations as they weigh the terms of the deal. He also counsels clients post-closing as they attempt to integrate new entities and professionalize their human resources practices.

David served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Levin of the Supreme Court of Michigan in 1995-96.

Personal Interests

David and his wife and their two teenagers live in Swarthmore, PA. When not wrestling with employment issues, David enjoys travel, ideally to somewhere culturally interesting or where he can at least try to use his remaining Spanish language skills.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Columbia Law School
J.D. (1995)

University of Pennsylvania
B.A. with honors (1992)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

David is very active in the firm’s pro bono program. He currently is part of a large firm team providing legal assistance related to the redevelopment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia’s Germantown Club.

Professional Associations

  • World Law Group — Co-leader, Human Resources Practice Group

Civic Activities

David works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to provide regular day-to-day and project-based legal assistance on a variety of matters. He also served as a member of the group’s Board of Directors and Board Executive Committee.

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Leader, Employee Mobility and Restrictive Covenants Team

Honors

  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment, 2010, 2014-20
  • Columbia Law School — Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1994-95
Awards Methodology
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