CDF Partners Receive Prestigious Best Lawyers in America® Award
Aug 15, 2017

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Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Partners Receive Prestigious Best Lawyers in America® Award

IRVINE, Calif., August 15, 2017 – With nearly 25 years of protecting California employers in employment, labor and immigration law, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates five key partners who have been selected as recipients of the Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Awards.

Dave Carothers, partner in CDF’s San Diego office, was honored for the fifth consecutive year.  In Irvine, Founding Partner Tim Freudenberger and Partner Leigh A. White were each recognized for the second time, along with Firm Managing Partner Marie D. DiSante, who is a first-time recipient of the award.  Northern California Partner Mark S. Spring also was honored for the first time.

The Best Lawyers in America accolade recognizes attorneys who have displayed exemplary professional excellence with impressive ratings exclusively from clients and peers.  Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers utilizes an extensive peer-review process in which more than 58,000 leading attorneys cast almost 7.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. 

“From our earliest years, CDF has always stood for excellence in representing clients, while our skilled and experienced attorneys have continued to be well-respected by their peers,” said Firm Managing Partner Marie DiSante.  “To have five partners named to this prestigious list is a testament to the firm’s original mandate, which continues in earnest today.”

CDF’s Best Lawyers in America 2018 (in alphabetical order):

Dave Carothers (Employment Law – Individuals, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, San Diego, CA).  Dave Carothers represents employers throughout California as lead trial counsel in large complex cases ranging from class actions, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, ADA, wage and hour violations and discrimination.  Carothers is also Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated.

Marie D. DiSante (Employment Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, Irvine, CA).  Marie DiSante co-founded CDF in 1994 and has helped grow the firm to five offices throughout California – supported by more than 45 attorneys.  DiSante continually positions her clients at the forefront of emerging and unprecedented class action litigation in the state, and her dual role as a California business owner and entrepreneur allows her to understand client workplace challenges firsthand.  Marie is Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated.

Timothy M. Freudenberger (Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Irvine, CA).  Founding partner Timothy Freudenberger leads the firm’s class action practice with a focus on wage and hour issues, class action lawsuits, wrongful termination and workplace tort, EEO litigation, unfair competition and trade secrets.  Freudenberger helped shape class certification and trial principles in exemption cases with a successful California Supreme Court decision in the case of Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Assn., 59th Cal. 4th 1 (2014).  He was also named Best Lawyers® Attorney of the Year in Class Action – Defense, Orange County, CA for 2017.

Mark S. Spring (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, Sacramento, CA).  Mark Spring focuses his practice on management representation in union-management relations and employment-related litigation.  Spring has successfully battled and negotiated against a variety of unions, including Teamsters, UFCW, IBEW, Laborers, SEIU and Stationary Engineers.  Additionally, Spring has a successful record representing elected officials, public figures, athletes and executives in sexual harassment lawsuits and other high-profile matters.  He is Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated and was listed as Best of the Bar - Sacramento Business Journal in 2015.

Leigh A. White (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Irvine, CA).  Leigh White focuses her practice on complex litigation and dispute resolution, ranging from workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour class actions.  With close to 25 years defending California employers, she has a proven record of defeating class certification, obtaining favorable settlements, and representing employers at high-status trials.  She allies with clients in developing business goals and strategies and works closely with employer human resources departments on defining multifaceted employment law issues in California.

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For nearly 25 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment and immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance.  The firm has five offices throughout California – in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.  For more information, visit: and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers.

About Best Lawyers®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation.  Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and they have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.  For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

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