David S. Fryman

David Fryman Litigation Labor Employment Attorney
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

David S. Fryman is a member of Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group. David represents employers in all types of labor and employment matters, including labor arbitrations, employment discrimination, and wage and hour cases; union representation campaigns and unfair labor practice proceedings; ERISA and employee benefits litigation; restrictive covenant and trade secret cases; and advice and training on a broad range of day-to-day human resource issues.

Representative Matters

  • Tried numerous employment discrimination cases to verdict

  • Represented multinational corporations and health care institutions in discrimination and wage and hour class actions filed by current and former employees, and ERISA class actions filed by plan participants

  • Prosecuted and defended multiple preliminary injunction actions seeking to enforce noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements

  • Represented three prominent research universities in proceedings involving graduate student unionization before the National Labor Relations Board and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board

  • Assisted employers in developing affirmative action plans and responding to OFCCP audits

  • Represented employers being investigated for safety and wage and hour violations

  • Conducted internal investigations into allegations of harassment and employee misconduct

  • Negotiated and drafted many executive employment agreements

  • Provided training on several topics, including union avoidance, prohibited harassment, and the FMLA, ADA, and FLSA

Pro Bono Experience

David has worked on pro bono matters large and small, representing individuals and nonprofit organizations. For the last several years, he has been part of a team of Ballard lawyers seeking to overturn the murder conviction and death sentence of an inmate on Pennsylvania's death row.


Recognition & Accomplishments

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers – Fellow, 2016

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment law, 2007-2018

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law, employment law, and labor and employment litigation, 2012-2019

Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Philadelphia Labor Lawyer of the Year

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2012 Alan J. Davis Award, for his pro bono work as leader of the Daniel Dougherty Capital Defense team

Recipient, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" award, given to select young Pennsylvania lawyers whose achievements have distinguished them among their peers

Honoree for work in support of the mission of People's Emergency Center (PEC), provider of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and social services to homeless women and their children, 1997


Chapter author, "The Complex World of ERISA Preemption," ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition

Co-author, "Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants: Keep Your Secrets Safe and Your Employees Honest," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 10th Annual Employment Law Institute (Vol. II)

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