David I. Rosen has practiced labor and employment law on behalf of management clients since 1977. He handles employment litigation in the federal and state courts, before administrative agencies and through arbitration and mediation, and has broad experience with wrongful dismissal and employment discrimination claims, having successfully defended employers following jury and bench trials. His litigation experience extends to the enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants, NLRB unfair labor practice trials and appellate advocacy. Mr. Rosen also represents employers in labor arbitrations and at the collective bargaining table, represents employers at NLRB representation proceedings, and provides legal advice to management on labor law issues relating to union pre-election campaigns.

Independent of his litigation practice, Mr. Rosen provides day-to-day advice and counsel on a myriad of federal and state labor and employment laws (such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act), conducts independent investigations of employment law claims, prepares and reviews employee handbooks and a variety of personnel policies, negotiates and drafts employment contracts and employee separation agreements, counsels employers on limiting their exposure to legal claims and counsels companies on staff reorganizations and reductions-in-force.

Mr. Rosen also frequently provides in-house training on various labor and employment law topics (such as harassment and diversity, the administration of collective bargaining agreements and effective disciplinary policies and procedures).

Mr. Rosen is also available to serve as an independent mediator to help facilitate the resolution of employment law, restrictive covenant and traditional labor law disputes. While serving as a neutral, he uses his wealth of employment law experience to find common ground, communicate practical ideas and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Mr. Rosen has extensive experience representing health care and hospitality clients, companies within the shipping container and freight forwarding industries, pharmaceutical companies, warehouse and distribution businesses, manufacturers, financial services firms and institutions, Asian-owned and operated businesses, garment industry businesses, radio broadcasters, law firms, construction firms and not-for-profit agencies.


  • Employment and Labor
  • Health Care
  • International | U.S. Cross-Border
  • Litigation

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Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court




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Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®* 2013-2022, New Jersey Labor & Employment
  • The Best Lawyers in America®* 2012-2023, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • The Best Lawyers in America®* Newark "Lawyer of the Year" 2019, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2009 and 2011-2022, Employment & Labor
  • Benchmark Litigation: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys®* 2015-2023
  • Benchmark Litigation: Labor & Employment®* "Labor & Employment Star - Northeast" 2018-2022
  • The National Law Review* "Go-To Thought Leaders" 2019-2021, Employment Law
  • New Jersey Law Journal®* "Mentors" 2018
  • Honored by the Black Veterans for Social Justice in 2018.

* See Award Methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

    — Former Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

  • Member, The Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Member, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators

  • Past President and Founding Member, Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys

  • Board Member, Pillar Care Continuum

  • Former Master of the Bench, Sydney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court


  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • B.A., Tufts University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York