David L. Greenspan Partner

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David Greenspan is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on proactive counseling and aggressive litigation of employee mobility disputes and complex employment matters. David works with his clients to identify and resolve issues before they become adversarial in nature. David also serves his clients as a zealous advocate in litigation, arbitration and other administrative proceedings.

David is an experienced litigator with first-chair trial experience. David regularly represents employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country. He has also litigated many employee mobility cases. On the plaintiff side, he has obtained injunctions that prohibited people from competing against firm clients. On the defense side, he has effectively represented employers who have hired employees with non-compete or confidentiality agreements.

David regularly counsels corporate clients on a wide range of labor and employment topics including the protection of corporate assets through the use of employee agreements and corporate policies, wage and hour matters, compliance with Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, the WARN Act and USERRA. David has also developed an area of interest in executive employment agreements. In this regard, he has worked with “c-suite” executives in various industries, former corporate general counsel, prominent elected federal officials no longer in office, and several high-profile sports personalities, including one Hall of Fame NBA coach.

David is a well-regarded public speaker who has conducted myriad presentations and training seminars throughout the country as a presenter for private employers, municipalities, educational academies, and trade associations. David regularly speaks on topics including: protection of corporate assets; prevention of illegal discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace; the complexities and intersection of the ADA, FMLA and related state laws; and general management relations topics.

David is the firm’s pro bono partner and is instrumental in McGuireWoods’ commitment to developing and sustaining pro bono programs that have been recognized nationally for innovation and impact. He serves as a co-chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Council and is the board secretary for Legal Services of Northern Virginia, one of the largest legal aid organizations in the commonwealth. David also is a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course and was selected as a Virginia Law Foundation fellow (class of 2021).


  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a leading manufacturer of beverage canning machines in an Equal Pay Act and Title VII employment discrimination claim in federal court in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Lee v. Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. (W.D. Va. 2020). 
  • Represent international transportation logistics provider in cross-border commercial dispute seeking to obtain injunctive and monetary relief regarding alleged misappropriation of intellectual property and violations of post­ employment restrictions. Venn Corporation v. Brendan Cox and Traffic Tech, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45742 (E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Representation of protective security services company prevailing on summary Judgment in a dispute over a contractor’s daily rate and the application of the Virginia Minimum Wage Act. Castillo-Guzman v. Triple Canopy, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26664 (E.D. Va. 2016);
  • Successfully obtain summary Judgment on complicated application of the American with Disabilities Act to an explosive detection dog handler in providing security services in Iraq.  Ruddell v. Triple Canopy, Inc. Civ. No. 1 15-cv-01331 (E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Representation of global aerospace, defense, information and services company seeking to obtain injunctive and monetary relief concerning allegations of conspiracy to misappropriate trade secrets.
  • Representation of a client obtaining summary judgment as to the claims of a former nurse that she was not accommodated and ultimately terminated for her failure to be able to satisfy a lifting restriction set forth in a written Job description. Griffin v. Prince William Health System, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45427 (E.D. Va. 2010)
  • Representation of a private client obtaining demurrer as his former employer’s efforts to enforce post-employment restrictions. Strategic Enterprise Solutions v. Ikuma, 77 Va. Cir. 179 (Fairfax County, Va. 2008)
  • Representation of defendants in a week-long Jury trial where the plaintiff sued her former employer and individual former colleague for defamation related to statements made during the course of a government security background investigation.  The jury returned a complete defense verdict for both defendants.  Butler v. N.E.W. Customer Service Companies, Inc., (Fairfax County, Va. 2007)
  • Representation of client prevailing on summary judgment in a leading USERRA case in the 4th Circuit holding that the employer did not violate USERRA when it changed the employee’s hours and duties after her return from military service, and ultimately terminated her for misconduct within the “for cause” protected period. Francis v. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8159 (E.D. Va. 2005), aff’d, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 15578 (4th Cir. 2006).