David S. Ostern represents and advises employers in all areas of labor and employment law. He focuses his practice on traditional labor law and defending employers against federal and state harassment, discrimination, and retaliation-related employment litigation.
David’s traditional labor law experience involves assisting local and national clients in:
- Labor management relations training
- Union organizing drives and National Labor Relations Board elections and hearings
- Labor arbitration (contract administration and grievance matters)
- Unfair labor practice charges
David also actively defends employers in a variety of matters in both New Jersey and New York state and federal courts and before governmental agencies including the New York State Division of Human Rights. David defends clients against claims arising from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and similar state and local laws (e.g., New Jersey Law Against Discrimination).
David is also a member of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). WPI assists the employer community in understanding and impacting legislation and regulation at the state and federal levels.
During law school, David was a summer associate at Littler, where he helped draft a successful petition for certification to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, Superior Court of New Jersey – Morris, as well as a labor relations legal intern at Metro-North Railroad. David oversaw the digitization of journal publications and restructuring of journal policies and leadership roles as editor-in-chief of the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review.
Before attending law school, David worked as a paralegal during the summer and winter for a Manhattan-based law firm specializing in insurance, reinsurance, and commercial litigation.