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Shareholder— Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1987
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(P) 602-234-9943 (F) 602-343-7943

David Villadolid is the senior partner in the firm’s Employment Law section and is recognized as an AV® Preeminent™* 5.0 out of 5 peer review rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell.  With more than 32 years of legal practice, David successfully advises companies, executives, and management on a broad spectrum of business and employment issues including compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Clients express confidence in David’s ability to provide legal mapping strategies that proactively help businesses achieve goals, preserve relationships and prevent or resolve problems before they start.

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Biography

David Villadolid is the senior partner in the firm’s Employment Law section and is recognized as an AV® Preeminent™* 5.0 out of 5 peer review rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell.  With more than 32 years of legal practice, David successfully advises companies, executives, and management on a broad spectrum of business and employment issues including compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Clients express confidence in David’s ability to provide legal mapping strategies that proactively help businesses achieve goals, preserve relationships and prevent or resolve problems before they start.

David represents the owners and managers of privately owned business from Internet-based entrepreneurial startups to third generation family dealerships. His results-driven approach includes extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of contracts, the formation of minority owned businesses, the sale, merger and acquisition of companies, and succession planning for owners and managers. David states, “My clients trust me to handle their legal problems so that they can focus on more important issues and not be distracted from their business goals.”

David currently chairs the Quality Assurance Board of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Ltd., a global organization of nearly 200 independent boutique law firms in 40 countries, and previously served as Chair of the Primerus Labor & Employment Section. David is a featured lecturer on employment law issues and provides private training sessions, public presentations and Continuing Legal Education courses to associations, including the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA). In addition, David is a founding director of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the MCBA, as well as its former chair.

*AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Representative Engagements
  • Negotiated and drafted terms of executive employment agreements in connection with $27 million dollar sale of a multi-state business to a publicly traded company.
  • Ended stalemate between business owners and negotiated terms of a severance package for the dissenting owner.
  • Represented 50% owner of international business in successfully defending takeover attempts and then negotiated purchase of 100% ownership.
  • Successful defense and resolution of numerous EEOC charges and wrongful termination lawsuits alleging discrimination on the basis of age, sex, gender, national origin, disability including violations of Title VII,    ADEA, ADA, FMLA and other laws and regulations.
  • Extensive experience in negotiating and drafting contracts, including executive employment and independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, restrictive covenants and other agreements.
  • Advising and training management and human resources departments with regard to employee policies, discipline, termination and reductions in force
Professional Leadership

Board of Directors, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Ltd. 2011-2013
Chair, Quality Assurance Board, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Ltd. 2011-present
Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Ltd. 2010-2011
Chair, Employment Law Section, Maricopa County Bar Association 2000 to 2008
Director, Employment Law Section, Maricopa County Bar Association 2000 to present

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona
Connecticut Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Community Involvement

Resource Member to the Board of Regents, Brophy College Preparatory, 1996-present
Member, Collections Committee, ASU Contemporary Museum, 2011-present
General Counsel, Desert View Learning Center, 2003-present
Director, Desert View Learning Center, 1998-2003

Honors & Awards

Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2012-2019

Selected, Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2020

Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5*

President’s Club Award, Brophy College Preparatory, 2009

*AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Education

JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1982
AB, Dartmouth College, 1977 cum laude

Admitted In

Arizona
New York
Connecticut (inactive)
Florida (retired)
New Jersey (retired)