IRVINE, Calif. July 18, 2012 – Timothy M. Freudenberger, well-known and respected for his successful and precedent-setting defense of “wage and hour” class action lawsuits, has been named to the Daily Journal’s prestigious list of top labor & employment law attorneys in California. A founding partner of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, he most recently led the legal defense team that resulted in a dramatic 1st District Appellate Court reversal of a $15 million judgment against U.S. Bank National Association.
Freudenberger works from the firm’s Orange County office in Irvine and represents companies based in California and across the country that have workforces in the Golden State. He has specialized in employment law defense for 24 years and in class action defense litigation for nearly 14 years and is one of only a few California attorneys who have gone to trial in two separate wage and hour class action lawsuits – one in Alameda County and one in San Diego County. Freudenberger heads the firm’s class action defense litigation practice group.
Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association could potentially set legal precedent for employers throughout California, and beyond, on issues relating to class certification and the trial of wage and hour class actions. In Duran, the Appellate Court ruled -- in a 75-page unanimous decision – that the trial plan used to try the overtime misclassification class action was invalid and decertified the class. The case currently is under review by the California Supreme Court.
Freudenberger’s successes in this practice area led to his recognition by the Daily Journal. The top attorneys were toasted at a special reception July 17 at the City Club on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles and the complete list of recognized labor and employment attorneys is being published in the Daily Journal on July 18.
“Over the years, I’ve defended more than 100 class action cases and my priority has always been to aggressively defend employers. I haven’t sought recognition but it’s certainly rewarding to be included on this list of preeminent attorneys in labor & employment law,” said Freudenberger.
“Because class action defense litigation is very specialized, inclusion on this list provides visibility for the kind of work our firm does and the successful track record we enjoy,” Freudenberger added.
Other clients for whom class certification or class actions were defeated by Freudenberger and his class action defense team include U.S. Bancorp, Domino’s Pizza, Roth Staffing/Ultimate Staffing, Tommy Hilfiger Retail, LLC, Certified Tire & Service Centers, Inc., MetroPCS California, LLC., Jack In The Box and Skilled Healthcare, LLC.
Freudenberger, a resident of San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, earned his law degree at University of California, Hastings College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.
About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP is a California law firm specializing exclusively in labor, employment and immigration law. CDF has distinguished itself as one of the top labor and employment law defense firms in California, with its focus on successfully defending single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits. The firm has five offices throughout California – in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.