CDF Partners Receive Prestigious Best Lawyers in America® Awards
Aug 26, 2020

IRVINE, Calif., August 26, 2020 Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates six partners who have been selected as recipients of the 2021 Best Lawyers in America® Awards for various employment-related practice areas from metropolitan areas throughout the state.  In addition, partner Mark S. Spring was named by Best Lawyers as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law Management, in Sacramento, California.

Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in good standing. For the 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in recognition of approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

CDF’s Best Lawyers in America 2021 (in alphabetical order):

Dave Carothers (Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, and 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.  Dave was also rated as Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded by the publication in addition to being selected as a 2020 Top Lawyer In Southern California by American Registry.

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 close to 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.

Timothy M. Freudenberger (Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, and Class Actions – Defense, Irvine, CA).  Founding partner Timothy Freudenberger leads the firm’s class action practice with a focus on wage and hour issues and discrimination class action lawsuits.  Tim 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 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).

Brent Giddens (Litigation, Labor & Employment – Los Angeles, CA).  Brent Giddens’s practice focuses on defending employers in class actions, as well as individual actions, before California state and federal courts.  His clients cover a wide variety of industries, and include large national employers as well as small businesses.  He has also served as lead defense counsel in numerous NLRB trial proceedings, organization drives, and has extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements. 

Mark S. Spring (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, Sacramento, CA).  Mark Spring was also named Best Lawyers® “Attorney of the Year” in Employment Law Management, Sacramento, CA for 2021.  Mark Spring leads the firm’s traditional labor law practice.  His practice focuses on management representation in union-management relations and employment-related litigation.  He has successfully battled and negotiated against a variety of unions, including Teamsters, UFCW, IBEW, Laborers, SEIU and Stationary Engineers.  Additionally, he has a successful record representing elected officials, public figures, athletes and executives in sexual harassment lawsuits and other high-profile matters.

Leigh A. White (Class Actions – Defense, 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 over 25 years defending California employers, she has a proven record of defeating class certification, obtaining favorable settlements, and representing employers at high-stakes trials.  She partners with clients in developing business goals and strategies and works closely with employer human resources departments to navigate multifaceted employment law issues in California. 

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For over 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.  For access to timely alerts on the latest California labor and employment law developments, sign-up for the firm’s blog by visiting:


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