David Urban represents organizations in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has successfully defended employers in cases involving alleged discrimination and retaliation, disability accommodation, privacy, trade secrets, First Amendment, and alleged violation of wage and hour laws, including meal and rest break laws. He is a member of the firm's Executive Committee on Wage and Hour law, and edits the firm's Wage and Hour Blog.
David often advises educational institutions including colleges and independent schools in matters ranging from faculty employment issues to student free speech rights, disability accommodation, and discipline. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys ("NACUA"). He is also a member of the firm's Title IX and Private Education Strike Teams.
David is an experienced appellate advocate. He argued in the California Supreme Court in March 2014 on behalf of amicus curiae the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association in the Public Records Act case Long Beach Police Officers Association v. City of Long Beach. He has represented firm clients in amicus curiae briefing in landmark cases in the California Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court. These include Jones v. Lodge at Torrey Pines, 42 Cal.4th 1158 (2008) (ruling that the Fair Employment and Housing Act provides no individual supervisor liability for retaliation), Engquist v. Oregon, 553 U.S. 591 (2008) (holding that no cause of action exists in the employment context under a "class of one" theory of equal protection), and San Leandro Teachers Ass'n v. Governing Board of San Leandro Unified School Dist., 46 Cal.4th 822 (2009) (holding that free speech principles did not grant unions a right of access to teacher mailboxes for certain political advocacy).
David has developed substantial expertise in the First Amendment as it applies to public employers and educators. He has obtained defense wins and favorable results for organizations and officials in lawsuits involving alleged violation of free speech rights, and represented educators in published cases in this area, including Lopez v. Candaele, 622 F.3d 1112 (9th Cir. 2010) (dismissing student First Amendment claim on the basis of lack of Article III standing) , and Crosby v. South Orange County Community College District, 172 Cal.App.4th 433 (2009) (rejecting free speech challenge to college's electronic communications and internet policy). He regularly advises clients on policies affecting constitutional and statutory free expression rights, and frequently publishes in this area, both in legal and education journals and on the firm's California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog. He was quoted twice in 2013 by the Daily Journal in connection with the high-profile First Amendment case Dahlia v. Rodriguez, in the National Law Journal in 2014 in connection with the U.S. Supreme Court case Lane v. Franks, and in Law360 in 2015 in an article on current trends in Anti-SLAPP litigation.
In private sector work, David has successfully represented employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"), including election proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings, both defense and prosecution, and responses to strikes and picketing, including successful proceedings to block unlawful labor actions.
David clerked after law school for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated Order of the Coif from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as Chief Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University in physics.