DAVID S. POPPICK is Of Counsel in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management, Litigation, and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the firm's Stamford and New York offices. His practice focuses on strategic advice and counsel for national and regional corporations and corporate executives on a wide variety of labor and employment law and other business issues, and also, litigation of employment, corporate, non-compete, trade secret, health care, partnership and shareholder disputes, among other matters.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Mr. Poppick among the "Leaders in Their Field" for Labor and Employment in Connecticut (2011 to 2015, 2020) and as a "Recognised Practitioner" (2019). Mr. Poppick has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2021) in the field of Litigation – Labor and Employment. In addition, Avenue magazine named Mr. Poppick to its "Legal Elite" list of top litigation attorneys in New York, and he has been selected for inclusion in the Connecticut Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers lists (2006, 2007, 2010 to 2020), in the areas of Employment & Labor: Employer and Business Litigation. He is a certified mediator in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Poppick was a member of the EBG team led by Stuart M. Gerson and in partnership with Harvard professor Laurence H. Tribe, as well as other attorneys, who received a 2020 Beacon of Justice Award by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association for pro bono work on behalf of the plaintiffs, County of El Paso, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights, to challenge President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration for border wall construction on the southern border. That work resulted in a favorable ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for the plaintiffs holding that the administration's use of funds to build a border wall unlawfully violated the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The litigation is ongoing on an appeal.

Mr. Poppick took a sabbatical between April 2015 and June 2017, to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in the country of Georgia, a former Soviet Republic in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, where, among other work, he offered Georgian lawyers trainings and information about U.S. laws concerning human rights, gender equality, and all forms of discrimination. He was assigned to a center for children with disabilities to help with its organizational development and also to train Georgian youth and college students about human rights, employment skills, and financial literacy.

For four decades, Mr. Poppick has represented numerous, diverse industries, including:

  • Consumer Products
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality/Hotels
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Recruitment
  • Public Sector
  • Publishing
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications

Mr. Poppick's litigation experience is similarly diverse, encompassing all aspects of trial and appellate work and mediations in both federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies and arbitrators, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights, the New York Division of Human Rights, the American Arbitration Association, and FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He has litigated a wide range of issues, including:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Restrictive covenants/trade secrets
  • Compensation
  • First and Fourteenth Amendment
  • Defamation
  • Lender liability
  • Shareholder disputes
  • ERISA Benefits Claims

In the area of labor and employment law, Mr. Poppick litigates, counsels, and represents clients in such matters as race, age, gender, and disability discrimination; sexual harassment; wage and hour disputes; pension issues; breach of non-compete, trade secret, and confidentiality agreements; and claims of civil rights violations. Mr. Poppick's more than 30 reported decisions include:

  • Goulding v. Greenwich Hospital Yale-New Haven Health, No. 3:12-CV-00980 (D. Conn. 2015) (gender, hostile work environment, retaliation and age discrimination)
  • Modaffari v. Greenwich Hospital, AC 36444 and AC 36555 (Conn. App. Ct. June 16, 2015) (first amendment violation, retaliation and constructive discharge)
  • Tekdoc Services, LLC v. 3i-Infotech, Inc., 2013 WL 2182565 (D.N.J. May 20, 2013) (breach of employment contract)
  • McGinnis v. New York University Medical Center, 2012 WL 5512173 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2012) (race discrimination)
  • Armshaw v. Greenwich Hospital, 134 Conn. App. 134 (Conn. App. Ct. 2012) (wrongful termination)
  • Zherka v. DiFiore, 2011 WL 397678 (2d Cir. Feb. 8, 2011) (first amendment violation)
  • Hurst v. Conopco, Inc., 364 F.R.D. 30 (D. Conn. 2010) (breach of employment agreement)
  • Shub v. Westchester Community College, 556 F. Supp.2d 227 (S.D.N.Y. 2008) (first amendment and age discrimination)
  • Barta v. Yale New Haven Hospital, Ct. Dept. Labor, No. FMLA 2007-2 (Dec. 12, 2008) (FMLA claim)
  • U.S. ex. rel. Smith v. Yale University, 2006 WL 566440 (D. Conn. Apr. 28, 2006) (false claims act)
  • Munroe v. Westchester Community College, 178 Fed. Appx. 37 (2d. Cir. 2006) (first amendment violation)
  • Yolles v. Golf Club of Avon, Inc., No. CV000802636, 2004 WL 203325 (Conn. Super. Ct. Jan. 6, 2004) (gender discrimination)
  • Nots v. Gemini Network, Inc., No. CV020818599S, 2003 WL 462975 (Conn. Super. Ct. Feb. 4, 2003) (stock options claim)
  • Corona v. Lunn, No. 00 Civ. 7330, 2002 WL 550963 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 11, 2002), aff'd, 56 Fed. Appx. 20 (2d Cir. 2003) (civil rights violations, false arrest, and malicious prosecution)
  • Connecticut v. Physicians Health Services of Connecticut, Inc., 287 F. 3d 110 (2d Cir. 2002) (ERISA claim)
  • Citibank, N.A. v. Prime Motor Inns Ltd. Partnership, 98 N.Y. 2d 743 (2002) (creditor rights claim)
  • Minchin v. Chrysler Capital Corp., 62 F. Supp. 2d 573 (D. Conn. 1999) (bonus compensation claim)
  • Ruffalo v. CUC Internat'l, Inc., 989 F. Supp 430 (D. Conn. 1997) (ADEA claim)
  • Hickman v. Saunders, 228 A.D.2d 559 (2d Dep't 1996) (real estate broker's commission)
  • Cofman v. Acton Corp., 958 F. 2d 494 (1st Cir. 1992) (shareholder rights claim)

Mr. Poppick is the author of Trade Secret Laws: Connecticut and Non-Compete Laws: Connecticut, both published by the Practical Law Company. He is a regular contributor of articles published in the Connecticut Law Tribune Employment Law Sections, and to the Epstein Becker Green Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility Blog. He has conducted seminars for the Connecticut State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, and he has lectured at various conferences held by Epstein Becker Green, some of which are certified for CLE credit.

  • Western New England University (J.D., 1980)
    • Editor-in-Chief, Law Review
  • Northwestern University (B.S., 1976)
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association