Employment Law for IndividualsPracticing employment law for individuals since 1993
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Employment Litigation -- Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Employment Litigation -- Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Employment Litigation -- Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Employment Litigation -- Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Employment Litigation -- Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Civil Righs||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Best Civil Rights and Employment Lawyers in Washington||Washingtonian Magazine||2009|
|Best Civil Rights Lawyers in Washington||Washingtonian Magazine||2007|
|Best civil rights attorneys in Washington||Washingtonian Magazine||2004|
|Outstanding Notes Editor||Texas Law Review||1989|
|Outstanding Research||Texas Law Review||1988|
|Partner||Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC||2005 - 2016|
|Member||Rose & Rose, PC||1993 - 2005|
|Associate||Weinberg, Bergeson & Newman||1992 - 1993|
|Associate||O'Melveny & Myers, LLP||1989 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1990 - Present|
|Quindley v. Lynch (DOJ)||Final Agency Decision found discrimination and retaliation on all counts and awarded promotion, damages, and fees|
|Budzynski v. Burns (NRC)||After trial, awarding promotion, back pay, and attorney’s fees|
|Hilton v. Transcom, Inc. et al||Employer's partial motion to dismiss denied. Case has been resolved.|
|See all legal cases|
|CCH Employment Law Daily Alerts||Walmart v. Dukes: Future prospects for plaintiff classes||2011|
|Policy & Practice||Amended Disabilities Act Widens Protection||2009|
|Policy & Practice||Interactive Process for Hiring the Disabled||2007|
|The HR Specialist||What Does Broad New Definition of ‘Retaliation’ Mean to You?||2006|
|You & the Law||Shop Smart for Insurance Against Employee Bias Claims||1999|
|You & The Law||Managing Your Employees' Emotional Disability Claims,||1999|
|You & the Law||Sexual Harassment: Supreme Court Says You're Safe if You Exercise "Reasonable Care." What Does That Mean?||1998|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor with honors||1989|
|Washington University in St. Louis||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Annual Convention||Addressing Smart Technology: Ethical and Evidentiary Issues||2015|
|Webcast||Sexual Orientation and Identity in Employment Law||2014|
|Labor & Employment Section||Smart Phone Discovery, Privacy, and Practice -- a Braver Newish World||2014|
|Webcast||Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drones and Privacy||2012|
|Seminar on Issues in the Administration of Justice||Litigating a Civil Case -- Summary Judgment and Pretrial Issues||2012|
|Seminar on Issues in the Administration of Justice||Summary Judgment Motions and Pretrial Issues||2012|
|Telebriefing||EEOC's Final ADAAA Regulations||2011|
|National Institute of Business Management||Age Discrimination--Supreme Court Spurs New Litigation||2005|
Posted by anonymous
I engaged Mr. Wachtel in a hurry, when it became clear that I was facing a quickly developing complex labor related situation that, in my judgment, required legal support.
I have found Mr. Wachtel doing research over the internet, called Bernabei & Wachtel, the [small] firm he is a partner at, went to see him, and from the first moment, I knew that he is the kind of counsel I was looking for: highly competent, favoring substance over appearance, down-to-earth, dedicated and a decent person.
Even before finalizing the retainer formalities, despite a couple of hours notice, he made himself available to accompany me at a critical meeting with my employer which established the tone for the ulterior evolution of my situation.
As my situation became a "case" and was trailing, with multiple attorneys involved from the opposing side, Mr. Wachtel kept things in check. I was able to communicate with him during not only normal business hours but at the most unreasonable times, over weekends and holidays. At all times, he navigated through the maze of issues with great confidence backed by research, and always having a trump in his sleeve. He kept me in the loop at all times and we worked together on various required documents.
He was very thorough in researching and reaching understanding of both the big picture and all details of the case, using not only legal provisions and precedents but also directly approaching personal contacts with experience and knowledge of similar issues as the ones I was facing. Additionally he correctly assessed the dynamics of the circumstances of the case.
Most importantly, he properly advised when to stop and what kind of settlement to pursue to ensure unhindered success in my career after an agreement was reached.
At last but not at least he has shown empathy and I have no doubt that he really cared for me as a client.
Posted by anonymous
I'm a mid-career professional who never, ever thought I'd be in need of an employment attorney.
When the unthinkable happened, I interviewed several attorneys and chose to work with Dave because I had absolute confidence that he knew his stuff and - more importantly - he did a great job communicating with me. He's a great listener and kept me in the drivers' seat by clearly explaining what options were available and the pro's/con's of each option.
After engaging Dave, I was impressed by his ability to keep all the facts of my case straight (my particular situation was pretty complicated with several twists and turns, and unusual dynamics). He helped me stay focused on my "end game" separating what was important legally from what needed to be tuned out as "noise."
I was also impressed by Dave's stewardship of my resources. The stress of paying an employment attorney while at the same time fearing possible job loss is not a trivial thing. I felt that Dave and his team were mindful of this and worked incredibly efficiently (Linda Eby, the firm's Controller was also great to work with and provided good advice early on how to work efficiently, etc.).
In the end, after a very long negotiation with my employer we landed in a place that left me feeling I'd been "made whole." This helped me gain a real sense of closure after a very painful breakup with my employer. I attribute this positive outcome both to the skill of David and his Sr. Associate Pete Whelan (see separate review) but also to the confidence that having great counsel instilled in me - helping me to make have the chutzpah to hold out for what was right.