David S. Birnbaum

David Birnbaum represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. A substantial portion of David’s practice focuses on labor relations issues including collective bargaining, union organizing and decertification proceedings, unfair labor practice cases, strikes and picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, arbitrations, and Section 301 litigation.

David recently advised the City of Detroit on labor and employment matters in connection with the City’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy and other restructuring matters. In that role, David negotiated collective bargaining agreements with numerous unions, including some of the City’s largest public safety unions. David also advised the City in restructuring its workforce in order to achieve operational efficiencies. Previously, David played a significant role in the Firm’s representation of a multi-employer bargaining coalition consisting of 30 freight rail carriers before Presidential Emergency Board 243. The Board, which was tasked with developing recommendations for a collective bargaining settlement to avoid a national strike, adopted the vast majority of the railroads’ arguments. [1]