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David B. Monks

Partner, San Diego
San Diego
t: 858.597.9636
f: 858.597.9601

Overview

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.

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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

Professional Activities

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.

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