CDF Partners Named Attorneys of the Year
Feb 19, 2015

Tim Freudenberger, Alison Tsao and Kent Sprinkle earn statewide recognition for class action practice

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015 – California Lawyer magazine, the state’s preeminent legal monthly, today announced three partners with Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), have been named 2015 Attorneys of the Year. Tim FreudenbergerAlison Tsao and Kent Sprinkle, all seasoned and well-respected trial attorneys, were recognized for their pioneering class action defense work, which has helped shape California labor and employment law.

“For more than two decades, CDF has been on the forefront of legal trends affecting California employers, and we are honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Freudenberger. “Class action certifications in California are continuously evolving, and CDF attorneys have the experience – and knowledge – that only a firm with an exclusive focus on labor and employment law can provide.” 

Freudenberger, Tsao and Sprinkle were recognized for earning a favorable decision from the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association. CDF’s defense work on the case, which lasted more than a decade, resulted in a first-of-its-kind class action trial and multiple appeals. This landmark ruling is expected to have longstanding implications on class certification and trial principles in overtime exemption cases.

The 2015 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year awards recognize attorneys whose achievements significantly impacted their practice areas in 2014. Freudenberger, Tsao and Sprinkle were the only lawyers recognized in the class action category. In total, 62 attorneys were named to the esteemed list.

To learn more about CDF’s class action practice, visit or call 949-622-1661. 

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For more than 20 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has distinguished itself as a top employment, labor and immigration law firm in California, representing businesses in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. The firm employs 40 attorneys who exclusively focus on labor and employment law issues affecting businesses operating in California, and provide timely, cost-effective and knowledgeable solutions to protect employers’ time, dime and peace of mind.  

CDF was recognized by the Daily Journal as a 2014 Top Boutique Law Firm in the area of labor and employment law and as a 2015 top law firm by Orange County Business Journal. The firm has five offices throughout California – in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, and is a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Project®. For more information,

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