David F. Papas

Associate | Los Angeles

dpapas@mofo.com | (213) 892-5382 dpapas@mofo.com
(213) 892-5382
David Papas is an associate in Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department in the Los Angeles Office.

David’s practice focuses on employment and labor law. He has particular experience advising companies on a wide range of employment transactional matters, including conducting employment diligence on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions, and drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements and separations, and related documents. He assists clients with strategic employment counseling for clients, advising on reductions in force, policy development and application, and wage-and-hour matters. David also has experience representing companies in a broad range of labor and employment counseling and litigation matters, including as a member of a team that secured a complete defense verdict in a Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 trial.

David received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an executive, submissions, and technical editor for the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. While in law school, David was a member of the Access to Justice Lab, where he drafted self-help materials for pro se plaintiffs in Rhode Island Housing Court. David also spent time as a law clerk at the California Office of the Attorney General – Antitrust Division, where he drafted sections of the California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Treatise pertaining to privacy, and at the Department of Labor’s Regional Solicitor’s Office, where he dealt with a variety of labor and employment issues, including wage-and-hour, OSHA, and whistleblower actions.

Before attending law school, David worked as a legal assistant at a nationally recognized tax and corporate law firm, where he edited tax opinions and executed detailed filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board. David served as a City Hall Fellow for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. David was also a high school biology teacher in Richmond, California. David received his B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species from Columbia University, where he won the Carl B. Boyer Memorial Prize in the History of Science.

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