David P. Hiester is an Associate in the Philadelphia office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Labor and Employment Law practice groups. Mr. Hiester represents employers in both federal and state court, as well as before administrative agencies, with respect to all aspects of labor and employment law in both union and union-free environments.
Mr. Hiester possesses a great deal of traditional labor experience, having practiced for almost eight years at a boutique public-sector labor firm in Southern New Jersey prior to joining Gordon & Rees. The firm’s practice specifically focused on representing the collective-bargaining needs of law-enforcement and firefighter unions throughout the state, allowing Mr. Hiester to gain significant experience before New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission in matters ranging from contract negotiations, unfair practice charges, grievance arbitrations, and scope-of-negotiations petitions. He also gained valuable trial experience in both New Jersey Superior Court and in New Jersey’s Office of Administrative Law, and has briefed and argued multiple cases before New Jersey’s Appellate Division. Notably, Mr. Hiester sat second chair and co-authored several briefs defending against the vacatur of an arbitration decision awarded in favor of a large law-enforcement union that ultimately found its way into the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and, on appeal, at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case specifically involved the interplay between the Railway Labor Act and the independence and autonomy generally reserved to an office of inspector general under the Inspector General Act of 1978.
Mr. Hiester earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. During his first two years of law school, Mr. Hiester completed two judicial internships at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, serving under both the Honorable Judge William J. Mazzola and the Honorable Judge Allan L. Tereshko.
In his final year of law school, Mr. Hiester was hand-selected by the law school’s dean and former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland to serve as one of only five Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellows for the Delaware Supreme Court. As a Wolcott Fellow, Mr. Hiester spent his 2010-2011 academic year clerking for Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry DuPont Ridgley, where his responsibilities included briefing Justice Ridgley on the intricacies of the Court’s forthcoming oral arguments and assisting Justice Ridgley in drafting the Court’s opinions.
Mr. Hiester calls Cherry Hill home, where he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys getting in a round of golf when he can.
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit