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David S. Allen

Los Angeles

P 213-689-0404
F 213-689-0430


David S. Allen is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices in all areas of employment-relations law and labor law, with special emphasis in mining and construction law.

Mr. Allen has represented employers in various industries, including hospitality, health care, mining, manufacturing, and transportation; and he has extensive experience in labor contract negotiations and arbitration, and providing advice and counsel to employers on the full range of labor and employment issues. He also provides labor and employment advice and counsel for various non-profit organizations and is pro bono coordinator for the Firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Allen practices before the various state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies, including the NLRB, EEOC, DFEH, NLRB and state and federal OSHA. Mr. Allen also represents public sector clients in labor relations matters before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) including charter schools, and local government.

Mr. Allen has written various articles in the labor and employment area and is a frequent speaker before employer groups and associations on a variety of topics, including union organizing, workplace safety, and the avoidance of management liability. Mr. Allen has appeared as a featured speaker in programs sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Allen attended the 1979 Summer Law Program at Emmanuel College in Cambridge England sponsored by the University of Richmond.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA (2010)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Associated General Contractors of California, Former Southern California Labor Counsel
  • State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • McKinley Children's Foster Care Center, Member of the Board of Directors

Published Works

  • "Less Stress, Less Litigation," Personnel Magazine (January 1990)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Do's and Don'ts and Practical Tips for Managing Employees who Use Controlled Substances," Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California Annual Meeting (2005)
  • "Strategies for Preventing Workplace Violence and Harassment," State Bar of California and the University of California CEB Program (1995)

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September 19, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Author Guide for Charter School Operators

September 19, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 19, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the publication of Leveling the Playing Field.  Published by the Atlantic Legal Foundation, this updated third edition serves as a guide for charter school operators in California and throughout the... Read More

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As Charter School Union Organizing Increases, Employers Must be Vigilant in Opposing Organizing Efforts
December 1, 2016

In recent years, there has been an uptick in union organizing focusing on California charter schools. Read More

By Michael A. Wertheim and David S. Allen