David Zins is an associate in our Employment and Labor Practice Group and is an experienced human resources professional.
Mr. Zins practices in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour, trade secret theft, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. His practice focuses on defending employers in the retail and restaurant industries in wage-and-hour class actions in state and federal trial courts in California. He has briefed motions, assisted with depositions, participated in mediations, and managed all aspects of discovery.
Prior to law school, Mr. Zins served as director of human resources at McMaster-Carr Supply Company. There, he managed all HR activities in the company’s 550-employee Atlanta facility and ensured compliance with the full range of employment laws, including anti-discrimination statutes, FMLA, FLSA, USERRA, and workers’ compensation law.
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 completed an internship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston. He also successfully represented a gay Brazilian client seeking asylum in the United States.
Mr. Zins obtained his B.A. from Wake Forest University summa cum laude in German. 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.