Timothy M. Freudenberger

Founding Partner & Chair of CDF's Class Action Defense Litigation Practice Group, Orange County
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CA Super Lawyer, 2015

CLAY Award, 2015

Top 75 Labor and Employment Law Attorney in California, Daily Journal, 2012-2014

First Job: Delivering pizza

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One of the founding partners of CDF, Tim Freudenberger represents California and national employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and related litigation, with a special emphasis on defending class action wage and hour lawsuits, class action employment discrimination lawsuits, and other complex employment litigation matters.  He heads CDF’s class action defense litigation practice group. 

He has practiced at the forefront in the defense of wage and hour and other class actions as these high profile cases have threatened employers throughout the state.  For nearly two decades, Freudenberger has repeatedly obtained dismissals and defeated class certification, often through strategic deposition techniques and a thorough investigation of putative classes that reveals critical evidence in support of his employer clients.

Recently, Freudenberger received a very favorable decision from the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Assn., 59 Cal. 4th 1 (2014).  His defense work on the case, which lasted for more than a decade, helped shape class certification and trial principles in exemption cases.  The closely followed trial, and subsequent outcome before the California Supreme Court, serves as a testament to the respect Freudenberger's class action practice commands throughout California.

His litigation counsel and representation spans the full scope of employment law and workplace claims, including single plaintiff claims.  These range from wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and trade secrets misappropriation, to unfair competition, wage and hour, and traditional labor-management relations matters.  

Freudenberger’s extensive experience also extends to representing both large and small companies in business disputes and related litigation.  His case background encompasses such commercial disputes as intellectual property claims, breach of contract, breach of franchise or license agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of loyalty, interference with prospective economic advantage, interference with contractual relations, defamation, fraud and negligence.

In addition to employee-generated claims, Freudenberger also represents his clients in lawsuits brought by their customers alleging discrimination, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring, supervision or retention, and other claims under various federal and state laws.

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University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1988

  • Hastings Law Journal
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • American Jurisprudence Award Recipient in Employment Law Seminar & Labor Negotiation Seminar

University of California at San Diego, B.A., Political Science, 1985

  • Provost’s Honors List, 1981-1985


"Trends In PAGA Claims & What It Mean For California Employers," Inside Counsel, Contributing Author, March 2015

“Class Action Meal and Rest Periods Claims, The Newest Rash of Class Action Lawsuits Against Employers,” Managing a Workforce, 2002 

"Catching the Wave - The 6 Biggest Practice Areas," California Lawyer Magazine, May 2006, quoted on class action litigation

Written Opinions

Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 59 Cal. 4th 1 (2014)

Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n (“Duran II”), 19 Cal.App.5th 630 (2018)

Walker v. Apple, Inc., 4 Cal.App.5th 1098 (Sep. 28, 2016), review denied (Jan. 18, 2017)

Trahan v. U.S. Bank Nat'l Ass'n, 2015 WL 75139 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2015)

Coleman v. Estes Express Lines, Inc. (9th Cir. 2010) 627 F.3d 1096

Jimenez v. Domino's Pizza, Inc., 238 F.R.D. 241 (C.D. Cal. 2006)

Koo v. Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., 109 Cal.App.4th 719 (2003)

Perry v. U.S. Bank (N.D.Cal. 2001) WL34920473

Lee v. Bank of America NT&SA, 27 Cal.App.4th 197 (1994)


"What California Employers Need to Know About Wage & Hour Class Actions & PAGA Lawsuits," CDF Webinar Series, October 2015

"Unique Issues in the Resolution of Wage & Hour Class Action Claims," CEB, June 2015

"Annual Wage & Hour Litigation & Management Conference - Class Action Trials, Statistical and Sampling Evidence, Class Certification, and Other Issues Implicated by Duran, Dukes and Other Key Cases," Bridgeport Continuing Education, October 2014

"Annual Wage & Hour Update - Litigating & Trying Misclassification Cases," Bridgeport Continuing Education, June 2014

Duran v. US Bank: Trying Wage & Hour Class Actions,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, June 2014

"Wage & Hour Class Actions: What Companies Doing Business in California Need to Know," CDF Webinar Series, September 2012

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Received CLAY Award for being recognized as one of the Attorneys of the Year, Class ActionsCalifornia Lawyer, 2015

Listed, Top 75 Labor and Employment Law Attorney in CaliforniaDaily Journal, 2012, 2013 & 2014

Named, Best Lawyers®, Attorney of the Year, Class Action - Defense, Irvine, 2017

Listed, Best Lawyers®, Employment Law - Management, Irvine, 2016 - 2018

Listed, Best Lawyers®, Class Actions - Defendants, Irvine, 2016 - 2018

Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2017

Member, State Bar of California

Member, Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Civic Activities

Youth Basketball, Football, and Roller Hockey Coach, 2001-2010

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