Overview

As a member of the Littler CaseSmart – Charges™ team in Colorado, David A. Dixon handles charges from investigation to conclusion. He works on client-dedicated service teams, specializing in handling administrative agency charges. Dave investigates charge allegations, reviews pertinent documents, interviews key witnesses, and provides clients an assessment of the risks associated with the charge. In partnership with the client, he defends the charge by drafting persuasive position statements and responses to the agency’s requests for information.

Prior to joining Littler, Dave’s legal practice focused exclusively on counseling and defending management in the full range of labor and employment matters, including a broad spectrum of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination and other employment litigation, numerous wage and hour class actions, reductions in force, workplace violence, traditional labor law, harassment prevention and other management training, and frequent day-to-day employer counseling. He has represented employers in a wide variety of administrative settings including defending a large number of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and analogous state agency claims, labor arbitrations, Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division claims and audits, unemployment claims, OSHA and Cal-OSHA matters, and other administrative matters.

He was active in the Kern County Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Kern County Bar Association, holding numerous leadership positions in both.

Dave firmly believes in reducing risk through management education. He has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer for several large educational institutions in California, Colorado and Wisconsin. He co-authored the 1st and 2nd Editions of SHRM’s California Learning System™ and has delivered more than 70 public presentations on a wide range of employment law topics.

During law school, he was vice president and 2L class representative of the Duke Bar Association, co-director of Public Hearing, an a cappella group, and a member of the Duke Chapel Vespers Chamber Choir.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Society for Human Resource Management

2002-present

President

The Pioneer Association

2015-present

Legislative Director

Northern Colorado Human Resource Association

2011-2015

Member

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

1999-2014

Eastern District Lawyer Representative

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

2008-2010

Board of Directors

San Joaquin Valley Chapter Federal Bar Association

2007-2010

Member

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Labor & Employment Committee

2003-2007

Member

Sacramento Area Human Resources Association, Legal & Legislative Group

2002-2005

Recognition

Omicron Delta Epsilon National Economics Honor Society

University of Washington

1996

Golden Key International Honor Society

University's Outstanding Junior

University of Washington

1995

News, Analysis & Press

EEOC Challenges Standard Severance Provisions

The Bulletin (published by MSEC)

May 2014

Mental Illness in the Workplace: From Aberrant Conduct to Workplace Violence

MSEC Employment Law Update

Spring 2013

Legislative Snippets, contributing author

Colorado State Council of SHRM

1st quarter 2012

Legal & Legislative Update

Kern County Society for Human Resource Management (KCSHRM)

October 2007

Pending Legislation Reminds Employers to Get Serious About E-Monitoring

Sacramento Area Human Resource Association Monthly Newsletter

2004

California’s New ‘Baby WARN’ Act Creates Legal Land Mines for Employers

Sacramento Area Human Resource Association Monthly Newsletter

2002

Books & Book Chapters

  • Labor and Employee Relations Module, Co-Author, California Learning System™, 1st and 2nd Editions, Society for Human Resource Management, 2007-2008
  • Legal Compliance, Editor, Preventing Sexual Harassment – California Edition, Alexander Hamilton Institute, 2007

Speaking Engagements

How to Effectively Advocate

Day at the Capitol Event, Colorado SHRM

2013-2016

Out of Bounds (aka The Heat Is On): A 2015 Legal & Legislative Update for HR Professionals

HR organizations

2015

The Times They Are A-Changin': A 2014 Legal Update for HR Professionals

Multiple HR organizations

2014

The Legal and Psychological Aspects of Mental Illness in the Workplace: From Aberrant Behavior to Workplace Violence, co-presenter

Mountain States Employers Council, Employment Law Update Conference, multiple cities

2013

Smoke & Mirrors: A 2013 Legal & Legislative Update for Colorado HR Professionals

Multiple HR organizations

2013

You Don't Have to Ride a Tornado to Get to Oz: A Legal & Legislative Update for HR Professionals

Multiple HR organizations

2012

Voice Lessons: A California Political Primer for HR Professionals (Opening Keynote)

California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) Annual Legislative Conference, Sacramento, CA

2008

Are We There Yet?: Exploring the Relations of Law, Race, Labor and Economics Through the Lens of 2007 Legal & Legislative Developments, co-presenter

Kern County Society for Human Resource Management (KCSHRM), Bakersfield, CA

2007

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1999cum laude
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1996

Bar Admission

Colorado
Nevada
California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit