David J Santeusanio

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David J. Santeusanio is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office. He is a member of the firm's Litigation Section, the National Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice Group and co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Team. Mr. Santeusanio is an experienced litigator and advisor representing and counseling clients in all facets of labor and employment law. His areas of concentration include employment discrimination litigation, non-competition and trade secret matters, union-management relations, education and government investigations.

Employment Litigation and Trial Practice

Mr. Santeusanio represents employers in employment discrimination lawsuits, wrongful termination claims, independent contractor misclassification cases, class actions and whistleblower claims. He represents clients in state and federal courts, arbitrations and administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Non-Competition Litigation

Mr. Santeusanio regularly prosecutes and defends claims for unfair competition, improper solicitation of customers and employees, and misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information. In addition to representing companies in litigation, Mr. Santeusanio assists companies in developing and implementing programs and agreements to protect company assets.

Labor Relations

Mr. Santeusanio represents employers facing union-management issues, including union avoidance, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, strikes and picketing, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and arbitrations. He regularly counsels clients on their rights and responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act.

Education

Mr. Santeusanio advises private educational institutions on a range of issues, including tenure disputes, governance, student-athlete matters and issues related to collegiate sports. He represents educational institutions in courts, administrative agency proceedings, government investigations and before regulatory bodies.

Government Investigations, Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance

Mr. Santeusanio has substantial experience representing clients in connection with government investigations, including investigations by the United States Department of Labor, the Office of the Attorney General, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Mr. Santeusanio also regularly conducts internal investigations and advises clients on related issues. In addition, Mr. Santeusanio develops corporate compliance programs designed to improve employment practices and reduce risks of litigation.

Client Counseling

Mr. Santeusanio advises clients in a broad range of employment issues, including employment agreements, wage and hour compliance, employee discipline and termination, employee medical leaves and disability issues, sexual harassment, employee handbooks and policies, reductions in force and workplace violence issues. Mr. Santeusanio regularly conducts employee training programs.

Affirmative Action

Mr. Santeusanio counsels clients on federal contractor affirmative action obligations. Mr. Santeusanio has successfully represented clients in affirmative action audits by the United States Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. In addition, he counsels businesses and higher education institutions on voluntary affirmative action efforts and diversity programs.

Representative Industries and Organizations

Mr. Santeusanio represents clients in various industries, including education, high-technology, insurance, financial services, transportation, construction, healthcare and government service contracting. Mr. Santeusanio has served as labor and employment counsel for organizations of all sizes, including start-up companies, middle-market companies and large publicly-held companies.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Santeusanio regularly provides pro bono legal services. His pro bono work includes representing a young adult seeking asylum in the United States after being wrongfully imprisoned in his native country; representing a parent in an international child abduction case in which the parent sought reunification with her child; advising a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing homes to veterans of the United States military; and an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on behalf of a Vietnam veteran seeking veterans benefits.

While in law school, Mr. Santeusanio served as editor-in-chief of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Santeusanio served as a law clerk to the Honorable Howard H. Dana Jr., Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law - Management, 2018, 2019; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2018, 2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor & Employment, 2015-2018
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2018
  • Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Memberships

  • Boston Center for Community and Justice, LeadBoston, Class of 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston's Future Leaders
  • Lawrence Academy, Board of Trustees 
  • Best Buddies Massachusetts, Advisory Board