David B. Chidlaw is of counsel in the firm's San Diego office where he specializes in labor and employment matters on behalf of management, employers and high net worth individuals.

Areas of Practice

David has broad experience counseling and defending employers on a wide variety of employment issues, including immigration. He has substantial experience representing employers in representative and class actions under Federal and California wage and hour law, including prevailing wage matters. He has defended employers in wrongful termination and employment discrimination litigation, including sexual harassment, race, age, national origin, gender, and disability discrimination. He also represents employers in unfair competition and trade secret litigation.

David has substantial administrative litigation and counseling experience before State and Federal Agencies, including the NLRB, Cal/OSHA, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (the Labor Commissioner), the California Apprenticeship Council and Division of Apprenticeship Standards, the U.S. Department of Labor, BCIS, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, the OFCCP, and the EEOC.

David has advised both organized and merit shop employers for the length of his career.  He has advised and represented employers in collective bargaining negotiations, organizing drives, decertification efforts and grievance arbitration matters.  He regularly defends employers before the NLRB.  He also provides guidance and training on union avoidance.  David provides daily advice to management clients on a wide variety of labor issues including wage and hour, reductions in force, personnel policies and employee handbooks, affirmative action compliance, employment-based immigration, protection of proprietary information, and discipline and termination matters.



Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2018-2024

San Diego Super Lawyer, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Top San Diego Lawyers, 2013, 2014



Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Construction & Infrastructure Law Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Latin American Blog Posts

Retail Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent speaker before employer and human resources groups on topics ranging from wage and hour to employment discrimination




Member, San Diego County Bar Association

Member, American Subcontractors Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Digital Media


J.D., University of California, Davis, 1989

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1980


  • California State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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