David Wolds is a founder of Wolds VanderWal PC and president of the firm. David provides clients with ongoing labor and employment law consultation. He represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, trust fund collection and damage suits under Sections 301 and 303 of the Labor-Management Relations Act, NLRB proceedings involving elections and unfair labor practices, wrongful discharge litigation, federal and state wage and hour cases, discrimination and harassment claims, and constitutional challenges to public works laws and restrictive trade practices. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Labor and Employee Benefits Law at the University of San Diego School of Law for 25 years.

David is personally committed to using his legal experience in the interest of protecting the ability of employers and employees to compete in the marketplace. He works with clients in the establishment and administration of ERISA covered employee benefit plans for collectively and non-collectively bargained employees. His accomplishments include assisting in the creation of several nonprofit organizations that protect work opportunities for employees through opposition to project labor agreements and other legislation that restricts the ability of employees and employers to exercise choice in whether or not to be covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

In his practice, David represents employee benefit plans and fiduciaries in litigation involving ERISA preemption, employee benefit claim, and fiduciary duty cases. He also provides counsel to fiduciaries of pension, health and medical, vacation, and apprentice training plans. His experience includes representing corporate plan sponsors in fiduciary litigation and providing assistance to tax exempt organizations in creating benefit programs. He works regularly with federal and state agencies to assist firm clients with compliance matters in this expanding, complex field.

Areas of Practice
  • Labor and Employment Law Consultation
  • Employee Benefit Plan and Fiduciary Representation
  • Corporate Counsel to Nonprofit Organizations
  • University of Southern California Law Center, J.D., 1974
  • Central Michigan University, B.S., 1970
Bar and Court Admissions
  • State Bar of California, 1980 (Active)
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1975 (Active)
  • State Bar of Washington, 1976 (Inactive)
  • United States Supreme Court, 1980
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
  • Selected to San Diego Top Lawyers by San Diego Magazine
Past Employment Positions
  • Donaldson & Kiel
  • Merrill, Schultz & Wolds, Ltd.
  • Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
  • Wolds Law Group, PC