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David J. Goldstein works with in-house counsel, business leadership, and human resources to proactively identify and implement creative solutions for effectively utilizing human resources, complying with legal and regulatory requirements, avoiding liability, and resolving internal and external disputes.  Areas in which he provides advice include wage and hour law, employee selection procedures, test validation, protection of intellectual property, and enforcement of non-compete agreements.

David also tries cases before judges, juries, and arbitrators and has substantial experience representing employers in class action litigation. In addition to trying two class action lawsuits to judgment, he has represented clients in other class or collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and state laws. He also frequently works with mediation and other dispute-resolution techniques in order to efficiently resolve disputes.

David devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting employers with the preparation and approval of affirmative action plans and to representing government contractors in connection with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), state, and local compliance reviews. In March 2014, David testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections providing insight on how healthcare employers are making strategic decisions based on possible OFCCP actions.

With clients in a wide range of industries, he has represented employers involved in:

  • Construction
  • Media
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Higher education
  • Professional sports organizations
  • Health care

Before joining Littler Mendelson, David was a partner at another firm, where he practiced in the Labor and Employment Law Group for 22 years.


  • Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Twins Community Fund
  • Member, Board of Directors, Twin Cities Rise!
  • Member and Co-Chair, Minnesota Affirmative Action Compliance Council (an OFCCP recognized Industry Liaison Group)
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating