Timothy M. Freudenberger

Founding Partner & Co-Chair of CDF's Class Action Defense Litigation Practice Group
Orange County Office
(949) 622-1661, ext 1450
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Favorite Quote: "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi

Named, Best Lawyers®, Attorney of the Year, Class Action - Defense, Irvine, CA in 2017 & 2019

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, 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, class action suitable seating 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.

Freudenberger received a very favorable decision from the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Assn., 59 Cal. 4th 1 (2014), followed by a further victory before the Court of Appeal after remand, Duran v. U.S. Bank, 19 Cal.App.5th 630 (2018).  His defense work on the case, which lasted for more than a decade and resulted in multiple published opinions, helped shape class certification and trial principles in exemption cases.  The closely followed trial, and subsequent outcome before the Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, serves as a testament to the respect Freudenberger's class action practice commands throughout California.  He cemented this victory when he again defeated class certification after the case was remanded to the trial court, which was affirmed on appeal in a decision that discussed the weaknesses and unreliability of survey methodology in these types of exemption cases, Duran v. U.S. Bank, 19 Cal.App.5th 630 (2018). 

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


Don’t Let the Name Fool You. The ABC Test Is Anything But Simple," Co-Author, Staffing Industry Analysts, February 2020

"Sit or Stand Is the Question for California Employers," Co-Author, Today's General Counsel, Summer Edition, July 2019

"5 Important Steps to Protect Your Business from a PAGA Lawsuit," Small Business Trends, Contributing Author, October 2018

"Trends In PAGA Claims & What It Means 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, Contributing Author, May 2016 

Written Opinions

Levanoff v. Dragas, 65 Cal. App. 5th 1079 (2021), rehearing denied (July 14, 2021)

Certified Tire Wage and Hour Cases, 28 Cal. App. 5th 1 (2018)

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)


"Combatting the Rise in Wage & Hour and PAGA Litigation in the Healthcare Industry," Panelist, CDF Healthcare Education Webinar Series, October 2021

“Critical PAGA Considerations,” Co-Presenter, OCBA Labor & Employment Symposium, September 2020

"A Review of California Employment Laws That Affect the SPORTS & Fitness Industry," Co-Presenter, Sports and Fitness Industry Association, January 2019

"Cutting Edge Trends in PAGA Litigation," Co-Presenter, Sports & Fitness Industry Association, November 2018

"Cutting Edge Trends in PAGA Litigation," Co-Presenter, Retail Industry Leaders Association's 2018 Retail Law Conference, October 2018

"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 the CLAY Award for being recognized as one of the Attorneys of the Year, Class Actions, California 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 - CA, 2017, 2019 & 2022

Listed, Best Lawyers®, Employment Law - Management, Irvine - CA, 2016 - 2024

Listed, Best Lawyers®, Class Actions - Defendants, Irvine - CA, 2016 - 2024

Listed, Best Lawyers®, Litigation, Labor & Employment, Irvine - CA, 2018 - 2024

Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2023

Member, Sports and Fitness Industry Association, Legal Task Force, 2018

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Proven Trial Lawyers, 2018

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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