Six Key CDF Partners Named 2020 Best Lawyers in America®
Aug 21, 2019

IRVINE, Calif., August 21, 2019 – With 2019 marking the firm’s 25th anniversary of representing California employers in employment, labor and immigration matters, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly announces six key partners were named as one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in America® for various employment-related practice areas, in metropolitan areas throughout the state. In addition, Partner Leigh Ann White was named by Best Lawyers as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Class Action Defense, in Irvine, California.

Attorneys 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 five percent of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

CDF’s Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Class Action Defense, Irvine, CA:

Leigh A. White (Class Actions – Defense, Irvine, CA).  White was named Best Lawyers® “Attorney of the Year” in Class Action – Defense, Irvine, CA for 2020. 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 works closely with clients in developing business goals and strategies and works closely with employer human resources departments on defining multifaceted employment law issues in California. 

Within the Best Lawyers in America list, only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

CDF’s Best Lawyers in America 2020 (in alphabetical order):

Dave Carothers (Employment Law – Individuals and Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, and Class Actions – Defendants, San Diego, CA). 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). DiSante co-founded CDF in 1994 and has helped grow the firm to five offices throughout California – supported by more than 45 attorneys. Marie 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. DiSante is also Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated.

Timothy M. Freudenberger (Employment Law – Individuals and Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, and Class Actions – Defense, Irvine, CA).  Founding partner Freudenberger leads the firm’s class action practice with a focus on wage and hour issues and discrimination class action lawsuits. 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 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 M. Giddens (Litigation, Labor & Employment – Los Angeles, CA). Giddens has served as lead trial counsel in numerous state and federal proceedings over the past 30 years, and has extensive experience in successfully defending wage/hour class actions, wrongful termination/discrimination lawsuits, as well as NLRB trials, collective bargaining and employment arbitration. Further, he has served as lead employment counsel in numerous transactional matters, representing both buyers and sellers. Finally, he has decades of experience in assisting his clients find creative, business oriented solutions to employment related issues, effectively managing risk while still accomplishing the desired business objectives. His clients cover a wide variety of industries, and include large national employers with a California presence, as well as local businesses. 

Mark S. Spring (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, Sacramento, CA). Spring leads the firm’s traditional labor law practice. He practice focuses on management representation in union-management relations and employment-related litigation. Mark 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. Spring is also Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated and was most recently listed as a “Top Lawyer” by Sacramento Magazine.

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For 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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