Overview

David K. Haase has extensive experience representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on complex and high-stakes litigation. He has particular skill in: wage and hour class/collective actions; unfair competition claims such as noncompetition agreements, trade secrets, and orchestrated group departures; class actions relating to other employment-related matters such as employee benefits and biometric information claims; and litigation involving top-ranking executives.

David is the chair of Littler’s Pro Bono Committee. He publishes frequently and lectures on a variety of employment law topics. Previously, David served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Charles R. Norgle, Sr., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter (former Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee)

Member

Section of Labor and Employment Law

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Illinois Bar Association

Secretary

Colon Cancer Alliance for Research and Education on Lynch Syndrome (C-CARE LS)

Treasurer

Colon Cancer Alliance for Research and Education on Lynch Syndrome (C-CARE LS)

Member, Board of Directors

Colon Cancer Alliance for Research and Education on Lynch Syndrome (C-CARE LS)

Former President

HealthWorks Theatre

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013-2020

Named, Super Lawyer

Illinois

Super Lawyers

2010-2019

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Named, Leading Lawyers

Illinois

News, Analysis & Press

Businesses Grapple with New Overtime Rule

Chicago Tribune

May 18, 2016

Seventh Circuit Update: Miller v. St. Joseph County

Federal Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section

June 1, 2015

FLSA Class Nixed In ManorCare Meal Break Suit

Law360.com

February 1, 2013

The Legal Pitfalls of Diversity Policies

Law.com

January 2008

The Fall-Out from Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – the Extent to Which Subjective Decision-Making Processes Are Susceptible to Class Treatment and How Employers Can Minimize Their Risk

The Labor Lawyer, Vol 22, No. 2

Fall 2006

Supreme Court Eases Standard for Title VII Retaliation Claims

Law.com

August 2006

Estee Lauder Ruling Raises Key Noncompete Issues

Law.com

June 2006

Agreements Between Employers Not to Hire Each Other’s Employees: When Are They Enforceable?

The Labor Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 3

Winter/Spring 2006

Court Finds a Trap Hidden in Separation Agreements

The National Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 18

January 9, 2006

Final Overtime Requirements

The National Law Journal, Vol. 26, No. 38

May 24, 2004

Books & Book Chapters

  • Drafting and Enforcing Covenants Not to Compete, Bloomberg BNA, 2009

Speaking Engagements

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Past, Present, and Future

Chicago, IL

June 17, 2016

NLRA Issues in a Non-Union Workforce

Chicago, IL

April 21, 2016

Judges Panel Moderator: Issues in Employment Litigation – Settlement, Discovery, Summary Judgment

Chicago, IL

January 21, 2016

DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Chicago, IL

July 21, 2015

Ethics Program for Members

Federal Bar Association - Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL

June 25, 2015

Litigating Noncompetes In Federal Versus State Court

Federal Bar Association - Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL

May 20, 2015

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: the Case for Civility Between Counsel and a Novel Approach to Accomplishing That

Federal Bar Association

June 24, 2014

Unfair Competition Litigation and Electronic Information: Proactive Measures to Protect Your Secrets and Navigate Electronics

Chicago, IL

March 5, 2014

Class Actions for Employment and Wage and Hour Claims

Chicago Bar Association

December 6, 2011

Diversity in the European Union

World Diversity Leadership Summit - Virtcom Consulting, New York, NY

September 7, 2011

Emerging Workforce Communities

World Diversity Leadership Summit - Virtcom Consulting, Cambridge, MA

September 13, 2010

Cost-Saving Approaches for Employers

North Shore Labor Counsel (NSLC), Deerfield, IL

May 14, 2009

Religion, Disabled, & GLBT in the Workforce and Marketplace

New York, NY

July 9, 2008

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988cum laude
  • B.A., Carleton College, 1985summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan