David M. Wachtel

David M. Wachtel Partner

David Wachtel has practiced employment law for individual employees in Washington, D.C. since 1993. Recently, he has been selected by colleagues as a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, by Law Dragon as one of the Top 500 Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers in the country, and by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers in Washington, DC. Reviews from over two dozen past clients are available on the AVVO site.

Dave's work includes trial court and administrative litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has successfully represented employees with claims of race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, violation of civil service rights, interference with FMLA rights, and retaliation on the basis of whistleblower activity in the nuclear, aviation, defense, and finance industries.

Dave offers individuals suffering job loss or workplace harassment individual attention, lean, versatile strategies, and a calming influence on (almost) every stressful situation.

Since joining Trister, Ross in February 2016, Dave has broadened his practice to advise dozens of non-profit organizations on all manner of employment law policy and compliance questions.  He offers organizations an especially informed and experienced understanding of employment policy and how to achieve resolution of workplace disputes.

University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1989
Texas Law Review Editorial Board
Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., 1984

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth, Seventh Circuits
District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Prior Professional Experience:
Partner, Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC, 2006-2016
Associate and Member, Rose & Rose, P.C., 1993-2005

D.C. Circuit Mediation Panel
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)

Amended Disabilities Act Widens Protection, Policy & Practice: The Magazine of the American Public Human Services Association

Interactive Process for Hiring the Disabled, Policy & Practice: The Magazine of the American Public Human Services Association

What Does Broad New Definition of 'Retaliation' Mean to You? The HR Specialist's Employment Law

Sanctions for Deleting and Over-writing Electronic Information: Broccoli v. Echostar Communications Corp., Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law Newsletter

Perspective: Managing Your Employees' Emotional Disability Claims, You & the Law

Spotlighting: Shop Smart for Insurance Against Employee Bias Claims, You & the Law,

Spotlighting: Sexual Harassment: Supreme Court Says You're Safe If You Exercise "Reasonable Care." What Does That Mean? You & the Law

Panelist, Employee Well-Being: What Can and Can’t Employers Ask?, October 15, 2019 American Bar Association Webinar

Panelist, Addressing Smart Technology: Ethical & Evidentiary Issues, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention

Panelist and Organizer, Smart Phone Discovery, Privacy, and Practice – A Braver Newish World, District of Columbia Bar, Labor & Employment Section

Sexual Orientation and Identity in Employment Law, Audio Conference for West Legal Education Center (with Karen Tanenbaum, Esq.)

Are You Smarter Than Your Cell Phone? Audio Conference for West Legal Education Center (with Matthew Radler, Esq.)

Seminar on Issues in the Administration of Justice for the Tribunal of Justice of Rio de Janeiro, Litigating a Civil Case –Summary Judgment & Pretrial Issues, Washington, D.C.

UAVs/Drones and Privacy Issues, Audio Conference for West Legal Education Center

EEOC's Final ADAAA Regulations, Audio Conference for Law Seminars International

Age Discrimination–Supreme Court Spurs New Litigation (Plaintiff's Perspective) Audio Conference for

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