David A. Davis
David is a founding partner of Davis & Ferber and heads the firm’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Group. For over 20 years David has represented labor organizations and individual clients in every facet of the employment relationship. David has extensive experience representing workers in a wide variety of jobs which include: Police Officers, Probation Officers, Public Safety Peace Officers, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Physical Therapists, Teachers, Clerical Workers, Lobby Attendants, Garment Workers, Railroad, Subway and Bus Workers, as well as workers at Nuclear, Gas, Electric, and Water Companies.
David devotes the majority of his time to union contract negotiations. He serves as chief negotiator in collective bargaining for the firm’s union clients. While David strives to reach the best possible settlement for each of his clients, sometimes settlements are not easily obtained. As a result, David has represented labor in hundreds of contract Mediations, Fact Findings, and Binding Interest Arbitration proceedings. He has also had the unenviable task of exercising private sector unions’ tool of last resort, the right to strike. As a result of the successful utilization of these mechanisms, our clients are regularly found among industry leaders and pattern setters in their respective crafts.
David has litigated thousands of cases before Arbitrators, Interest Arbitration Panels, Hearing Officers, NY Public Employment Relations Board, NJ Public Employment Relations Commission, National Labor Relations Board, NY Office of Professional Discipline and the National Railroad Adjustment Board.
Davis & Ferber periodically hosts seminars for the labor organizations it represents. David not only organizes and speaks at these seminars, but he is also frequently invited as a guest speaker at union meetings, conferences, and conventions. David was honored as a guest speaker before the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Public Employment Relations Board’s seminar celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Law. He lectures regularly on negotiation strategies, duty of fair representation, grievance processing, contract interpretation, and how to handle members’ disciplinary and criminal matters.
Steven B. Ferber
Steven is a founding partner of Davis & Ferber and leads the firm’s Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Group. Since 1979 he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of clients injured as a result of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, construction site accidents, dangerous products, and a myriad of other negligent acts. Steven has applied his talents as a trial lawyer in other areas as well. He represents individuals who were discriminated against in violation of Federal and State law as well as individuals and groups in class actions for violations of the pay and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Unlike attorneys who settle cases below their intrinsic value out of fear of going to trial, Steven has taken in excess of 200 cases to verdict. This, in turn, makes Steven more adept at settling cases at their proper value because insurance carriers know Steven’s reputation and willingness to proceed to trial if necessary.
His unparalleled skill as a fierce litigator and trial lawyer has been recognized not only by clients, but by other attorneys. Steven served as chairman of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Supreme Court Committee. He was appointed to the Judicial Screening Committee where he screened and approved candidates for Judgeship. Perhaps even more telling are the numerous attorneys who refer their personal injury and medical malpractice clients to Steven either at the outset, when they get too complicated, or when a trial is imminent. In further recognition of his accomplishments and reputation in the legal community, Steven has the highest possible rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell.