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Review David Wachtel

  • I felt fortunate to have him on my side!

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    Anonymous review posted on

    A few years ago, I found myself in a complicated dispute with my employer, and it was not easy for me to secure legal representation. Most of the lawyers I consulted did not understand my case fully or else did not want to take my case given the amount of work involved and the still unpredictable outcome. My prospects looked bleak, and I was scared and worried.

    Fortunately, I ended up in the most capable hands of David Wachtel. He took over my complex case in the midst of the ongoing mediation process. This would have been a challenge for any attorney, particularly for the busy lawyer that Dave Wachtel is, juggling multiple clients and cases. But he quickly understood the facts of my case, cutting through the employer’s arguments and identifying the most important legal precedents to strengthen our negotiating position. It became clear that we would settle this case well, and so we did, to my satisfaction. I am not sure we would have settled so well if it had not been for Dave Wachtel’s persuasive skills and creative arguments.

    David Wachtel represents his clients with honesty, integrity, and dedication. He will not tell you that you have a good argument if you don’t. But he will have patience if you need time to come to terms with some difficult points, and he will carefully guide you while you take in his views on the matter based on his realistic assessments grounded in his long experience as an employment and civil rights attorney. Responsive and conscientious, he has always found time to get back to me, responding to my mails late at night, on weekends and holidays, and during his trips, especially if the matter was urgent.

    I highly recommend David Wachtel for any type of employment dispute and even beyond. He is knowledgeable, talented, absolutely brilliant, and deeply committed to the cause of his clients. I feel fortunate to have had this excellent, compassionate attorney on my side in the difficult situation, and I am happy with the outcome.

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  • Job discrimination Nuclear power industry unjust discharge

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    Posted by Steve Whiteley

    David is very professional, extremely intelligent and an expert in employment law. My case was against nuclear power industry employer. David is knowledgeable in all aspects of it's many regulations and prior court rulings. David asks and respects your input while treating you with the upmost respect. He evaluates your case carefully and thoroughly and explains everything. He then works relentless through completion. He surroundes himself with colleagues of the same values. I respect David and consider him a credit to his profession. What made it easy for me as a client he truly cared and involved you in any settlement of legal decisions. I'm very happy with the outcome.

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  • Rose Colored Glasses

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    Posted by martin l epstein

    Initially had Consult w/Mr. Wachtel to review my situation and the pros/cons of hiring legal council or working through situation. Mr. Wachtel after hearing the issues, suggested I stand pat as the situation evolved to see if what was stated by employer would in fact occur. As time passed and employer became more and more out of communication, I thought my best strategy in dealing ww situation was to hire legal representation.

    Mr. Wachtel took my issue, did continual research, not stopping w just scratching the surface and used this information to better educate me as well as not allow my employer to throw its' weight
    Mr. Wachtel and I met several times reviewing my current situation and what I was led to believe would occur. He brought me to realize, as the saying goes, there are "thrre sides to every story" Mr. Wachtel took over ALL communications w/employer and basically "drove the ship." In the end, approximately seven [7] months transpired before ties w/employer were completely severed. During this period Mr. Wachtel was successful in negotiating, as we both agreed, an arrangement that was acceptable. He did not make any decisions w/o first checking back w/me to explain and develop responses which were fair and reasonable.

    In the end, while I came seeking advice to a situation in which I saw things through "rosey glasses" I was quickly made aware, my employer had a different set of these proverbial glasses and as such either I needed to see my ophthalmologist or I was going to have blurry vision for a long time.
    Mr. Wachtel was excellent in what he did for me - he was personable, friendly, attentive and very understanding -
    for this as well as the outcome, I am very appreciative and would recommend him highly.

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  • Non-Profit work

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    Posted by Andy

    I am a fellow attorney who had the privilege to work with Mr. Wachtel when dealing with issues involving a non-profit I am associated with. Mr. Wachtel was extremely easy to work with and very knowledgeable in the law. As an attorney I respected the fact that he gave clear and concise opinions and was very responsive to my organization. As a representative for the organization, I would recommend him highly in his area of expertise.

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  • Fantastic Firm

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    Anonymous review posted on

    David Wachtel is a very knowledgeable attorney and his professional shows in every aspect of his work. He stood by me during an OSHA case lasting 4 years. Always on the offensive, his efforts and that of his team kept me appraised of my AIR21 case as we methodically moved through each level of the case. I believe his attention to detail is unmatched in the industry. I highly recommend him!

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  • Highly recommended attorney

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    Anonymous review posted on

    David was instrumental in my achieving a successful outcome for my legal matter. Mine was a complex issue (technical, organizational, and legally) and David quickly understood the issues and developed a strategy to get to the best result. He is a very effective communicator with both his client and with the opposing party. David keeps a cool head during tense negotiations and ensures his client remains focused on the ultimate goal.

    An added benefit is David's style, he is easy to work with, is very accessible and responsive.

    The quality of David's legal was impeccable and was the key to my success.

    I researched my attorney selection very carefully and was very happy with my choice. I highly recommend David.

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  • Excellent - highly recommended

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    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.

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  • Breaking up with your employer?

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    I'm incredibly lucky to have worked with David, who negotiated my employment separation agreement from the only company I worked for (at that point) in my adult life. As someone whose knowledge of the law is pretty much based on watching The Good Wife, navigating the legal process while feeling professionally vulnerable was confusing and frankly exhausting. David patiently listened and then formulated my thoughts, feelings & impressions into accurate & concise points that built, shaped and supported my case. Every step of the way, he explained things so they made sense while preparing me for the likely counter-arguments the company I was leaving could make against my claims. He was very fair in his assessment of the entire situation so he told me when I was wrong and supported me when I stuck to my guns. If you're looking for someone with integrity to represent you and provide excellent guidance, call David.

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  • Excellent in every way

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    I sought David Wachtel's counsel after looking around online and I certainly made the right choice. His office provided sound advice and guidance through a difficult situation with a vindictive ex-employer. David and his team saved my sanity (and wallet) at a very difficult time. After meeting him the first time I knew I was in good hands -- I left his office finally feeling like the situation would be resolved. Five stars across the board.

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  • Staff Extension

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    Dave and team were always responsive and available and willing to make time for us. No matter what issues surfaced they exhibited an ongoing dedication to conduct the needed research for accurate information. We benefited from having them as an extension of us.

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