David B. Monks
David Monks helps employers solve workplace problems. Using an understanding of a client’s business and a practical, efficient approach, he counsels employers on many different issues, including employee discipline and termination, wage and hour, disability accommodation protocols, family and medical leave, investigations of harassment and other misconduct, and independent contractor classification.
A seasoned trial lawyer, David provides strong advocacy and objective advice in 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, David presents training seminars on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workplace investigations, wage-and-hour compliance, disability management and accommodation, and other topics. In partnering with a business, he explains the reasoning for his advice, always looking to help the client achieve its business goals while minimizing legal risk.
David has helped a wide variety of employers resolve workplace issues: religious organizations, restaurants, hotels, staffing companies, school districts, credit unions, construction/maintenance companies, auto dealerships, homeowner associations, professional employer organizations, franchisors, franchisees, retail markets, professional services providers, manufacturers, and medical and dental 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 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, BLR, 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
- 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 Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California