Perspectiva General

David P.R. Symes represents management in employment and labor litigation in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. He is a core member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Jury Trials Practice Group and has more than 20 years of diverse trial experience that includes:

  • Numerous favorable jury verdicts in state and federal courts in cases alleging wrongful discharge, whistleblower claims and other forms of retaliation, and disability discrimination
  • Labor arbitrations upholding employer decisions against grievances of unjust discipline and discharge
  • Dismissal of citations for serious OSHA violations arising out of a workplace fatality
  • Appearances before many administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the Alaska Human Rights Commission, Oregon OSHA, and the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Review Board

David is a leading authority in unfair competition and trade secrets law in the region. In addition to advising employers on noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, he has been lead counsel in over 10 preliminary and permanent injunction proceedings involving claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of noncompetition agreements.

Prior to joining Littler, David was the founding shareholder in the Portland office of another national employment law firm and a partner at a national firm headquartered in Seattle. He began his law career as a clerk for Hon. René J. Gonzalez of the Alaska Superior Court.

During law school, he served as the associate editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


Bar Counsel

Oregon State Bar


Member, Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Oregon HEAT


Member, Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital



Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, Best Lawyers in America


Named, Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers

2013 and 2014

News, Analysis & Press

White hot collar ruling

Portland Tribune

May 27, 2016

Guest Column: Anticipating Changes to Overtime Regs

Portland Business Journal

October 2, 2015

Employers: MJ is legal. Now what?

Portland Tribune

November 18, 2014

New Marijuana Laws Need Not Impact Drug-Free Workplace Policies

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

November 7, 2014


  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., St. Olaf College, 1988magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • US District Court: Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska