Partner Helmer Friedman LLP Andrew H. Friedman Leader Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation Employment Law.Andrew H. Friedman, a name partner with the law firm of Helmer Friedman LLP, primarily represents employees in all aspects of employment law including not only individual discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases but also complex multi-party wage and hour class actions. In addition to occasionally representing employers and individual defendants, Mr. Friedman also conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into employment-related disputes.  Mr. Friedman also represents clients in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and product liability cases.

Mr. Friedman received his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School and his B.A. degree in history and psychology, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. At Cornell, Mr. Friedman was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Following law school, Mr. Friedman served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John T. Nixon, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Subsequently, Mr. Friedman was trained as an employment attorney by two of the Nation’s most prestigious management-side employment law firms – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Bryan Cave LLP.

Mr. Friedman has handled a wide range of employment-related litigation in state and federal courts. Indeed, Mr. Friedman recently won (with Tony Lewis of The Lewis Law Firm) a $4.1 Million jury verdict in a fraud and breach of employment contract lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court and he also prevailed (along with his law partner, Gregory D. Helmer) in a three week sexual harassment jury trial in the Orange County Superior Court. He also settled a $2.4 Million wage and hour class action lawsuit in federal court (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California), a $1.575 Million class action discrimination lawsuit in the Orange County Superior Court and he recovered a $1.5 Million settlement in federal court (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California) in a wage and hour class action. Mr. Friedman has also had significant experience counseling employers and employees with work-related problems in an effort to resolve their disputes without the necessity of court intervention. In addition, Mr. Friedman has represented both employers and employees in matters pending with numerous governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement

Highest Possible Rating Matrindale-Hubbell Attorney Peer Reviews.Mr. Friedman has received the highest possible Martindale-Hubble, indicating that he is ranked at the highest level of professional excellence with “very high to preeminent legal ability” and “very high” ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.

Seriously Outstanding rated Super Lawyer Los Angeles.

Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine selected Mr. Friedman as a 2006-2015 Southern California “Super Lawyer” in the category of Labor and Employment Law.

Rated 10 Superb Top Attorney Employment Law.

 

The online legal referral service AVVO (www.avvo.com) rates Mr. Friedman a 10/10 (superb) as an employment/labor and class action attorney.

Mr. Friedman is a prolific author and editor of many employment-related publications including: Author, Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases, (James Publishing, 2005 – 2014); Co-Editor-In-Chief, California Employment Law Digest, (James Publishing, 2000); Co-Author, California Causes of Action, (James Publishing, 1998); Contributor, Litigating Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Cases, (James Publishing, 1998).

Employment Discrimination Cases Litigation. Even more information about discrimination, harassment and retaliation can be obtained from our book – Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases (James Publishing, 2005 – 2014).

Mr. Friedman has also written the following law review articles:

Mr. Friedman is a frequent speaker and/or moderator for various human resource and legal organizations, including the American Bar Association (“ABA”), National Business Institute (“NBI”), the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”), the Continuing Education of the Bar (“CEB”), the Southern California Employment Round Table (“SCERT”), the Professionals In Human Resources Association (“PIHRA”), the Southern California Mediation Association (“SCMA”), the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association.  In the last three years, Mr. Friedman has spoken and/or moderated the following:

  • Employment Law Update, Santa Monica Bar Association (May 2015)
  • Quick Employment Law Update, California Employment Lawyers Association (March 2015)
  • Nuts & Bolts Of An Employment Practice – For New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (January 2015) (Los Angeles)
  • 2015 Annual Employment Law Update, Santa Clara County Bar Association (January 2015)
  • 2015 Annual Employment Law Update: The Best and Worst Employment Cases, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Association (January 2015)
  • Nuts & Bolts Of An Employment Practice – For New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (January 2015) (San Francisco)
  • Legal Update, Employment Round Table of Southern California (October 2014)
  • 2014 Employment Law Update, California Employment Lawyers Association’s 27th Annual Conference (October 2014)
  • 2014 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California’s 87th Annual Meeting (September 2014)
  • 2014 Mid-Year Employment Law Update, Thomson Reuters (July 2014)
  • 2014 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California’s Solo And Small Firm Summit (June 2014)
  • Advanced Strategies for Resolving Even the Toughest Employment Cases in Mediation, Beverly Hills Bar Association (May 2014)
  • 2014 Annual Employment Update of Significant Employment Law Cases and Legislation, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (April 2014)
  • Nuts & Bolts Of An Employment Practice – For New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (January 2014)(Los Angeles)
  • 2014 Employment Law Update, Santa Clara County Bar Association January 2014)
  • 2014 Employment Law Update: The Best And Worst of 2013, Beverly Hills Bar Association (January 2014)
  • Nuts & Bolts Of An Employment Practice – For New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (January 2014)(San Francisco)
  • 2013 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California’s 86th Annual Meeting (October 2013)
  • Advanced Strategies for Mediating the Employment Case, State Bar of California’s 86th Annual Meeting (October 2013)
  • 2013 Employment Law Update, California Employment Lawyers Association (October 2013)
  • Litigating Discrimination & Harassment Claims, Bridgeport (June 2013)
  • Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk Telebriefing, Law Seminars International (June 2013)
  • 2013 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California’s Solo And Small Firm Summit (October 2013)
  • The Best and Worst Employment Cases of 2012, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (March 2013)
  • Lightning Quick Legal Update, Employment Round Table of Southern California (“ERTSC”) (March 2013)
  • Advanced Strategies for Mediating the Employment Case, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (March 2013)(San Francisco)
  • Advanced Strategies for Mediating the Employment Case, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (March 2013)(Los Angeles)
  • Nuts & Bolts of an Employment Practice for New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (January 2013)
  • Employment Law Update: The Best And Worst of 2012, Beverly Hills Bar Association (January 2013)
  • 2012 Employment Law Update, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (November 2012)
  • 2012 Employment Law Update, California Employment Lawyers Association (October 2012)
  • 2012 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California (October 2012)
  • 2012 Mid-Year Employment Law Update, The Employment Roundtable of Southern California (September 2012)
  • 2012 Mid-Year Employment Law Update, The State Bar of California’s Solo And Small Firm Summit (June 2012)
  • Mediating the Employment Case, The State Bar of California’s Solo And Small Firm Summit (June 2012)
  • Nuts & Bolts of an Employment Practice for New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (June 2012)
  • 2012 Mid-Year Employment Law Update, The Employment Roundtable of Southern California (September 2012)
  • 2012 Mid-Year Employment Law Update, The State Bar of California’s Solo And Small Firm Summit (June 2012)
  • Mediating the Employment Case, The State Bar of California’s Solo And Small Firm Summit (June 2012)
  • Nuts & Bolts of an Employment Practice for New Employment Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (June 2012)
  • Employment Law Update: The Best And Worst of 2011, Beverly Hills Bar Association (January 2012)
  • Retaliation – Now the #1 Complaint, Employment Round Table of Southern California’s 2011 Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon (November 2011)
  • 2011 Employment Law Update, California Employment Lawyers Association (October 2011)
  • 2011 Employment Law Update, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (October 2011)
  • How to be an Ethical Rainmaker in Tough Economy – The Keys to Successful (and Ethical) Rainmaking, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (October 2011)
  • 2011 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California (September 2011)
  • Disability, Family Leave, Pregnancy, and Workers’ Compensation Law Update, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (September 2011)
  • Debate by Expert Trial Attorneys on the Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Lawsuit, Federalist Society – Orange County Chapter (June 2011)
  • 2011 Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review of Recent Developments, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (June 2011)
  • Mediating the Employment Law Case, State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm Summit (June 2011)
  • The Plaintiff Employment Lawsuit: From Potential Client Intake to Execution of the Engagement Letter, State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm Summit (June 2011)
  • Winning and Defeating Motions for Summary Judgment in Employment Cases, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (June 2011)
  • 2011 Employment Law Update, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (January 2011)
  • 2011 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California Cyber Institute (January 2011)
  • 2010 Employment Law Update, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (October 2010)
  • 2010 Employment Law Update, California Employment Lawyers Association (October 2010)
  • 2010 Employment Law Update, Employment Roundtable of Southern California (September 2010)
  • Everything that an Employment Lawyer Needs to Know About Writs and Appeals, but was Afraid to Ask, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (March 2010)
  • 2010 Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review of Recent Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (June 2009)
  • Religion, God in the Workplace, State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section (October 2009)
  • 2009 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section (October 2009)
  • A Review of Recent Retaliation Cases, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (August 2009)
  • 2009 Mid-Year Employment Law Update: Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (July 2009)
  • Saints and Sinners in the Workplace: A Primer on Religious Discrimination, National Employment Lawyers Association (June 2009)
  • Bankruptcy 101 for Employment Lawyers: How to Protect Your Case, Beverly Hills Bar Association (June 2009)
  • 2009 Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review of Recent Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (June 2009)
  • Tips, Tricks and Strategies for Mediating the Employment
  • Discrimination Law Case, State Bar of California’s Section Education Institute (January 2009)
  • 2008 Employment Law Update, Employment Roundtable of Southern California (November 2008)
  • 2008 Employment Law Update, State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section (October 2008)
  • Age Discrimination: Handling the Coming Wave, State Bar of California (September 2008)
  • 2008 Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review of Recent Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (July 2008)
  • Mediation and Pre-Dispute Resolution and Investigation, American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law (April 2008)
  • Legal Update, Southern California Employment Roundtable (February 2008)
  • A Practical Guide to Sexual Harassment Prevention, Policies and Programs, State Bar of California’s Section Education Institute (January 2008)
  • Atheists, Agnostics and True Believers in the Workplace: A Survey of Religious Discrimination, Harassment and Accommodation Cases, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (October 2007)
  • True Believers In The Workplace: A Primer on Religious Accommodation, Discrimination, and Harassment, State Bar of California (September 2007)
  • 2007 Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review of Recent Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (June 2007)
  • Deal or No Deal: Negotiating Employment Law Settlement Agreements, Southern California Mediation Association (May 2007)
  • Saints and Sinners in the Workplace: A Primer on Religious Discrimination, Accommodations, and Undue Hardship, Los Angeles County Bar Association (March 2007)
  • Advanced Issues In Employment Law, National Business Institute (January 2007)
  • Mastering and Surviving Summary Judgment in Employment Cases, Los Angeles County Bar Association (November 2006)
  • 2006 Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review of Recent Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar (September 2006)
  • Preventing & Dealing with Sexual Harassment Claims, Continuing Education of the Bar (August 2006)
  • E-mail, Voice-mail, and Snailmail: Privacy Issues in the New Workplace, State Bar of California’s Section Education Institute (January 2006)
Mr. Friedman has also spoken about various labor and employment law issues on “Your Legal Rights”, a San Francisco-based public radio program, produced and hosted by Chuck Finney, which covers a wide range of legal issues for California consumers.

Mr. Friedman’s professional memberships include, among others, the following:

  • Member, Committee on Judicial Appointments of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2013 – present);
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2013 – present);
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Employment Roundtable of Southern California (2007 – present);
  • Member, Symposium Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2006 – present);
  • Advisor, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (2005 – present);
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003 – present);
  • Co-Chair of the Saturday Morning Seminar Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003 – 2005);
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (2002 – 2005);
  • Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (2002-2003).

Mr. Friedman is licensed to practice in California, Missouri, and the District of Columbia.