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David S. Birnbaum


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  • University of Michigan (J.D. 2005; Journal of Law Reform); Miami University (B.S.B. in Finance 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable James S. Gwin, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Summer 2003)

David Birnbaum represents employers in complex labor and employment matters. His practice focuses on collective bargaining, arbitration, litigation, strikes, picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, and representation proceedings arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA). David has obtained outstanding results on behalf of leading employers in high-profile matters resulting in recent recognition as a "Client Service All-Star" (BTI Consulting Group), a "Next Generation Lawyer" (The Legal 500), and one of the "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" in the U.S. (Lawdragon/HR Executive). His traditional labor practice spans employers in the automotive, construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, media, mining, oil & gas, private equity, railroad, retail, telecommunications, and transportation industries.

David has extensive experience representing clients in connection with labor and employment aspects of restructurings, bankruptcies, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has significant experience with a wide range of employment litigation and regularly counsels employers in all areas of labor & employment law. Clients with whom David has worked include Advocate Health Care, Continental Automotive, CSXT, HCA, Kraft Heinz Company, National Railway Labor Conference, Saputo, Sutter Health, Verizon, Wal-Mart, WMATA, and Wabtec.

David is the regional co-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA. He coauthored the PLI Labor Management Law Answer Book and serves as an editor to the leading treatises The Developing Labor Law, How to Take a Case Before the NLRB, and The Railway Labor Act.

Honors & Distinctions

  • BTI Consulting Group — Client Service All-Star (2018)

    The Legal 500 US — "Next Generation Lawyer" in labor-management relations (one of five nationwide) (2017-2019); recommended for labor-management relations (2016-2019), employment disputes (2016-2018), and workplace and employment counseling (2017-2019)

    Lawdragon/HR Executive — Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (2018-2019)

    Leading Lawyers Network — Illinois Emerging Lawyer (2016-2019)
David Birnbaum