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David P. Zins

San Francisco, (415) 268-6693
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David Zins is an associate in our Employment and Labor Group, and is an experienced human resources professional.

Prior to law school, Mr. Zins served as the director of human resources at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where he oversaw all HR activities in the company’s 550-employee Atlanta facility, both directly and through professional staff. He helped shape the company’s HR reorganization, focusing on active employee relations as a means to improve the workforce and ensure a legally compliant workplace. Mr. Zins guided managers to appropriate HR outcomes in performance- and employment-related activities, ensuring compliance with the full range of employment laws, including antidiscrimination statutes, FMLA, FLSA, USERRA, and workers’ compensation law. He also investigated and responded to employee complaints; helped complete Affirmative Action Plans, EEO-1 reports, and other compliance-related requirements; and developed and implemented training in effective supervision, legal compliance, and code-of-conduct enforcement.

Mr. Zins graduated, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in May 2012, and was honored with the Dean’s Scholar Prizes in Labor Law, Employment Law, and Immigration and Refugee Advocacy. While in law school, he was active in the Harvard Mediation Program and served in various positions, including co-president and training co-director. Mr. Zins also served as a law clerk at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services, and did an internship at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Boston. While at the EEOC, he assisted trial attorneys engaged in litigation against employers for violations of Title VII, ADA, and ADEA; advised enforcement staff on points of law relevant to ongoing investigations; evaluated legal issues presented in discrimination claims; and conducted an onsite visit in connection with a sexual-harassment charge.

Mr. Zins obtained his B.A. from Wake Forest University, summa cum laude, in German (May 1997). He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was honored with a Carswell Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship. Mr. Zins also completed a German language and literature study abroad program at the Universität Lüneburg.

Mr. Zins is a certified mediator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and can speak German and French.