David B. Monks
David Monks is a partner in the firm's San Diego office. He counsels employers on a wide variety of matters, including employee discipline and termination, wage and hour issues, disability accommodation protocols, family and medical leave issues, investigations of harassment and other misconduct, and independent contractor issues.
In addition, David has substantial experience defending employers and managers against lawsuits and administrative claims involving discrimination, harassment, defamation, breach of contract, and violations of wage-and-hour laws.
As an avid proponent of proactive training and compliance, he presents training seminars on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workplace investigations, wage-and-hour compliance, disability management and accommodation, and other areas.
David's practice has included assisting religious organizations, restaurants, hotels, school districts, credit unions, homeowner associations, professional employer organizations, franchisors, retail markets, and medical practices.
In law school, David served on the editorial board of the Maryland Law Review.
After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
David has been selected for inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers since 2007 and he has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
- Selected for inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers since 2007
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013
David is a member of the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management, for which he served on the Board of Directors from 2006 through 2008, and was President in 2007.
He has been an instructor or recurring guest lecturer for human resources certificate programs at San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos.
Also, David has presented employment law topics to HR professionals and other business leaders for the National Business Institute and Lorman Education Services, and to numerous local HR and business organizations.
- More Than A Quarter of the Firm’s Attorneys Recognized in 2021 Edition8.20.20
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- 2016 San Diego Seminar9.13.16
- Assessing the Viability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: The Impact of AT&T Mobility and the Shadow of the NLRA10.10.11
- Contractual Employee Non-solicitation Provisions Under Attack: Employer Loses Battle in Case Involving Unique FactsNon-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog1.21.19
- University of Maryland School of LawJ.D. 1992
- Rutgers UniversityB.A. 1986
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California