David M. McLaughlin

Silicon Valley

P 408-513-2265 F 408-454-0290


David M. McLaughlin


David M. McLaughlin is a principal in the Silicon Valley, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. David is a litigator with a practical approach, advising clients who seek to avoid litigation, and vigorously advocating for clients who must resort to litigation. He is singularly focused on defining his clients’ goals and then moving toward them.

David has more than 31 years of trial, litigation, and dispute resolution experience. He focuses on a variety of employment matters of all types, including:

  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Wage and hour/DIR/Labor Commissioner
  • Whistleblower
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • PAGA
  • EEOC
  • ADA
  • Unruh Act
  • OSHA

David’s approach to litigation involves identifying his clients’ need for litigation as a means to achieve their goals. He advises businesses and executives on b2b strategy, compensation, hiring and separation matters. His complex litigation experience includes resolving a variety of commercial matters in state and federal and before administrative agencies. When it is best for his clients, David is prepared to take a case to trial. He has won numerous jury and bench trials and binding arbitrations, as well as favorably resolving many disputes through mediation.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2005-present)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Bruin Varsity Club, Lifetime Member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • UCLA Alumni Mentor Program, Mentor
  • UCLA Freshman Alumni Scholarships, Reviewer and Scorer