David J. Holdsworth BIO
David J. Holdsworth has represented employees for over 30 years in a great variety of state and federal forums. He has substantial experience in handling unemployment hearings, workers’ compensation claims, claims alleging discrimination, reviewing and negotiating severance agreements, and representing employees in claims alleging wrongful termination and treatment. He has been involved in over a hundred unemployment hearings and has handled hundreds of claims before the Utah Labor Commission.
He has also handled claims for overtime compensation, disputes about non-compete agreements, and claims for short-term and long-term disability insurance benefits. He represented an employee in the first case filed in Utah federal court under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
He has also been involved in representing claimants in claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, handling such claims from intake to appeals with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also certified to represent veterans in claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Holdsworth has argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Holdsworth has a particular interest in counseling federal and state government employees in matters of discipline, disability retirement. He was plaintiff’s counsel in a landmark case establishing the right of a federal employee to reassignment as a reasonable accommodation. See Woodman v. Runyon. He is one of the few lawyers in Utah who practice in the federal workers’ compensation area. He also counsels represents state government before the State Career Service Review Board and federal employees before the Merit Systems Protection Board.
He is a past president of the Utah Employment Lawyers Association and has lectured before bar groups on workers’ compensation, ADA and FMLA issues.
Mr. Holdsworth is also active in his local church and community and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Board of Trustees for the Alta Canyon Sports and Recreation Center.
In those moments when he is not working, he enjoys running, collecting books, and spending time with his wife of 37 years, Annette, and his grandchildren.