David F. Papas

Associate | Los Angeles

dpapas@mofo.com | (213) 892-5382

(213) 892-5382

David’s practice focuses on employment and labor law. David has particular experience defending employers in wage and hour class actions and representative actions brought under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA). As a member of the trial team that secured a complete defense verdict in a PAGA trial, David has experience preparing trial exhibits and witness examination outlines, drafting in limine and other pre-trial and trial motions, and working with expert witnesses. David also has experience advising clients on employment law issues.

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 International 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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