Jul. 20 2012

Tim Freudenberger Named a Top California Labor & Employment Law Attorney by Daily Journal

Topics: CDF News & Events

CDF LLP is pleased to announce that its founding partner, Tim Freudenberger, has been named to the Daily Journal’s prestigious list of top labor & employment law attorneys in California.  Freudenberger, who is well known for his successful and precedent-setting defense of wage and hour class actions, most recently led the legal defense team that achieved a dramatic 1st District Appellate Court reversal of a $15 million judgment against U.S. Bank National Association in Duran v. U.S. Bank

Freudenberger works from the firm’s Orange County office in Irvine and represents companies based in California and across the country that have workforces in the Golden State.  He has specialized in the defense of employment litigation for 24 years and in class action defense for nearly 14 years, and is one of only a few California attorneys who have gone to trial in two separate wage and hour class action lawsuits – one in Alameda County and one in San Diego County.  Freudenberger heads the firm’s class action defense practice group.

Duran v. U.S. Bank could potentially set legal precedent for employers throughout California, and beyond, on issues relating to class certification and the trial of wage and hour class actions.  In Duran, the court ruled, in a 75-page unanimous decision, that the trial plan used to try the overtime misclassification class action was invalid and decertified the class.  The case currently is under review by the California Supreme Court.

Freudenberger’s successes in this practice area led to his recognition by the Daily Journal.  The top attorneys were toasted at a special reception July 17 at the City Club on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles and the complete list of recognized labor and employment attorneys is being published in the Daily Journal on July 18.

“Over the years, I’ve defended more than 100 class action cases and my priority has always been to aggressively defend employers.  I haven’t sought recognition but it’s certainly rewarding to be included on this list of preeminent attorneys in labor & employment law,” said Freudenberger.

“Because class action defense litigation is very specialized, inclusion on this list provides visibility for the kind of work our firm does and the successful track record we enjoy,” Freudenberger added.

Other clients for whom class certification or class actions were defeated by Freudenberger and his class action defense team include U.S. Bancorp, Domino’s Pizza, Roth Staffing/Ultimate Staffing, Tommy Hilfiger Retail, LLC, Certified Tire & Service Centers, Inc., MetroPCS California, LLC., Jack In The Box and Skilled Healthcare, LLC.

Freudenberger, a resident of San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, earned his law degree at University of California, Hastings College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

About CDF

For over 20 years, CDF has distinguished itself as one of the top employment, labor and immigration firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. We cover the state, with five locations from Sacramento to San Diego.

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About the Editor

Robin Largent has a regular presence in California state and federal courts and has been lead defense counsel and appellate counsel for large and small California employers in litigation (and arbitration) ranging from individual discrimination and harassment claims to complex wage and hour representative and class actions. She also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having substantial experience and success handling appeals, writ petitions, and amicus briefs in both state and federal court on issues such as class certification (particularly in the wage and hour arena), manageability and due process concerns associated with class action trials, exempt/non-exempt misclassification issues, meal and rest break compliance, trade secret/unfair competition matters, and the scope of federal court jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.
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