David L. Hackett


David focuses his practice on representing and counseling employers concerning the full spectrum of labor and employment-related issues. David has represented employers before federal and state courts, arbitration hearings and administrative agencies. He has defended claims of unlawful discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, wrongful discharge, unfair labor practices, unemployment compensation, breach of contract, and whistleblower complaints, as well as non-compete, non-solicitation, and trade secret litigation. He has also assisted employers in opposing unionization efforts and collective bargaining negotiations.

In addition to providing daily counsel to employers, David drafts personnel policies, severance agreements, affirmative action policies, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, and trade secret agreements. David also assists clients when seeking to interact with government entities and elected officials on the local, state, or federal level.

David previously served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon and later served as co-chair of his campaign from 2003-2006. While attending law school, David served as a law clerk for the Hon. Frank T. Hazel in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. While attending Duke University, he was a student manager for Coach Michael Krzyzewski's Duke Men's Basketball team. During David's service, the team made Final Four appearances and won the 1991 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.



David Hackett Named Chair of the Riddle HealthCare Foundation

July 12, 2023

David Hackett, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, has been named the chair of the Riddle HealthCare Foundation.

49 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 01, 2022

Super Lawyers has selected 49 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

David Hackett Named Chairman of the Board of Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

December 15, 2021

Hackett has served on the board for the past five years, serving as chair-elect for the past two years.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

School reopenings may create a costly dilemma for small businesses

August 11, 2020

David Hackett was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer discussing how fall's school schedule could affect businesses.

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Lawsuit Against Ross Highlights How Companies Handle Harassment Allegations

August 21, 2019

David Hackett discussed with NBC10 what your rights are when sexual harassment and discrimination happens in the workplace.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.


Employer Back to School Guide

August 06, 2020

David Barron, David Hackett, Nandini Sane, and Bethany Vasquez designed an FAQ to address concerns that employers have regarding COVID-19 and the Fall semester.

Employers Must Vigilantly Evaluate WARN Obligations As Pandemic Continues [Alert]

July 28, 2020

Dave Hackett and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers must do to ensure they are complying with all applicable laws.

Property Owners Must Act to Reap Benefits of Two New Laws [Alert]

April 02, 2020

Leni Cummins, David Hackett, and Marty Schrier discuss how property owners and condo and coop boards can take advantage of programs in FFCRA and the CARES Act.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

Non-Economic Damages Recoverable Under Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law [Labor & Employment Alert]

April 12, 2018

David Hacket and Anna Will Kentz discuss the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Bailets v. Pa. Turnpike Comm’n and how it will impact Pennsylvania employers who receive public funds.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Health Law 2024

December 05, 2023 - Philadelphia, PA

Returning to the New Normal

March 03, 2022 - Glen Mills, PA

Back to the Office

January 28, 2021 - Webinar

Health Law 2021

December 07, 2020 - Webinar

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Duke University, B.A., 1991

Awards & Honors

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2017-2022 lists. This award is conferred by Super Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Honorable Frank T. Hazel, Court of Common Pleas - Delaware County

Chair Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry Board

Chair Riddle HealthCare Foundation