Timothy M. Freudenberger  

Timothy M. Freudenberger

Founding Partner & Chair of CDF's Class Action Defense Litigation Practice Group, Orange County
(949) 622-1661
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CA Super Lawyer, 2015

CLAY Award, 2015

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

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One of the founding partners of CDF, Timothy M. 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 and other complex employment litigation matters.  He heads CDF’s class action defense litigation practice group. 

He has practiced at the forefront in wage and hour class actions as these mass claims began, then burgeoned and threatened employers throughout the state.  For more than a decade, Freudenberger has repeatedly obtained dismissals and defeated class certification, often through strategic deposition techniques and investigation of putative classes that reveal 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 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 and Labor Negotiation Seminar

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

  •     Provost’s Honors List, 1981-1985


“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)

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)

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

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


"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

"California Comes to Texas: Pressing Issues in Managing the California Workforce,” California Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation Update, Texas Symposium, 2007

Civic Activities

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

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