David specializes in employment defense work, and has spent the past 20 years defending some of the nation’s largest companies in litigation across the United States. David has obtained judgments in favor of clients in employment discrimination and similar lawsuits filed in Missouri, Kansas, and numerous other jurisdictions.  In addition, David has handled a number of federal jury trials, receiving multiple defense verdicts, and has successfully briefed and/or argued cases before the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits for the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

David also counsels clients across the country on a daily basis with regard to employment matters. In addition to litigation and counseling, David is a certified mediator who regularly mediates employment matters in Missouri and Kansas.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"(2020)
  • Chambers USA Guide® (2009-2020)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® (2012-2020)
  • Rising Star, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® (2008)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas City Tomorrow, Graduate Class of 2003
  • The AIDS Council of Kansas City, Board of Directors 
  • Kansas City Free Health Clinic, Board of Directors
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Board of Directors
  • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
  • John F. Kennedy


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • ­Lead Articles Editor, Missouri Law Review, 1995-96
  • Associate Member, Missouri Law Review, 1994-95
  • Order of the Coif
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing, 1994-95, 1995-96

Boston University

  • B.S., cum laude, Journalism, 1990

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri, 1996
  • Kansas, 1997
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