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David P. Zins

Zins, David P.


San Francisco, (415) 268-6693


Wake Forest University (B.A., 1997)
Harvard Law School (J.D., 2012)

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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 putative 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 the director of human resources at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where he managed all HR activities in the company’s 550-employee Atlanta facility. Mr. Zins ensured compliance with the full range of employment laws, including anti-discrimination 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 did an internship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Boston. While at the EEOC, he assisted trial attorneys engaged in litigation alleging violations of Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA; advised enforcement staff on points of law relevant to ongoing investigations; evaluated legal issues presented in discrimination claims; and conducted an on-site 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.