Education

  • Stanford Law School, J.D, 2008.  Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, 2003

Admissions

  • California, 2009
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Michael Freedman is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, employment law, constitutional and civil rights law, and appellate litigation.

He has successfully litigated class action cases involving the rights of prisoners with mental illness, disabilities, and serious medical conditions, and represents small business owners in a variety disputes.  Mr. Freedman also has substantial experience with complex wage-and-hour, independent contractor misclassification, and discrimination class actions on behalf of workers, including challenging arbitration clauses and class action waivers.

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T: 415-433-6830
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Michael Freedman is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, employment law, constitutional and civil rights law, and appellate litigation.

He has successfully litigated class action cases involving the rights of prisoners with mental illness, disabilities, and serious medical conditions, and represents small business owners in a variety disputes.  Mr. Freedman also has substantial experience with complex wage-and-hour, independent contractor misclassification, and discrimination class actions on behalf of workers, including challenging arbitration clauses and class action waivers.

Mr. Freedman has extensive experience in attorneys’ fees matters, both in his practice and in preparing and updating the chapter on fees in CEB’s practice book, Employment Damages and Other Remedies, and other practice materials on the subject.

Mr. Freedman is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Claremont McKenna College. Prior to joining RBGG, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marilyn J. Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He was named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Resmex Partners LLC v. Kimomex Santa Clara LLC: The firm represented a San Jose restaurateur and his group of restaurants in a dispute over the sale of two popular restaurants to a third party.  We obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the clients in the main action and in a related real estate action.
  • Hernandez v. County of Monterey: We sued the County of Monterey and its private medical provider, California Forensic Medical Group, challenging dangerous and unconstitutional conditions in the County’s Jail, a system plagued by severe overcrowding, outdated facilities, and chronic understaffing.  In 2014, we defeated the defendants’ motions to dismiss and obtained a unique ruling holding that our clients could assert ADA Title III claims against the Jail’s private medical provider.  See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 70 F.Supp.3d 963 (N.D. Cal. 2014) .  The federal court subsequently certified a class of the approximately 950 prisoners in the Jail, along with a sub-class of prisoners with disabilities.  See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 305 F.R.D. 132 (N.D. Cal. 2015).  On April 14, 2015, the court granted a sweeping preliminary injunction on behalf of the class and sub-class, finding rampant violations of the Constitution and federal law.  See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 110 F. Supp. 3d 929 (N.D. Cal. 2015).  The court approved the parties’ settlement on August 18, 2015, which requires defendants to comply with the requirements of the preliminary injunction and to develop and implement a comprehensive set of plans to enhance services at the Jail.  In November 2015, the Court approved a $4.8 million dollar award of fees and costs to counsel for the plaintiff class.
  • Software Consulting Vendor v. Fortune 500 Technology Company:  We provided advice and counseling to a software consulting vendor in confidential disputes over deliverables and payments under a complex set of consulting agreements. 
  • Armstrong v. Brown: Almost two decades after RBGG proved in federal court that California’s prison and parole systems violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by discriminating against prisoners and parolees with disabilities, RBGG also established that the State is responsible for taking steps to ensure the federal rights of prisoners and parolees with disabilities are accommodated when it chooses to house them in third-party county jail facilities. See Armstrong v. Brown, 857 F. Supp. 2d 919 (N.D. Cal. 2012), aff’d 732 F.3d 955 (9th Cir. 2013), cert denied, 134 S. Ct. 2725 (2014).

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2017 Rising Star

Admissions

  • California, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., 2016-2017
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn J. Patel, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2009-2010
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2008-2009

Michael Freedman is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, employment law, constitutional and civil rights law, and appellate litigation.

He has successfully litigated class action cases involving the rights of prisoners with mental illness, disabilities, and serious medical conditions, and represents small business owners in a variety disputes.  Mr. Freedman also has substantial experience with complex wage-and-hour, independent contractor misclassification, and discrimination class actions on behalf of workers, including challenging arbitration clauses and class action waivers.

Mr. Freedman has extensive experience in attorneys’ fees matters, both in his practice and in preparing and updating the chapter on fees in CEB’s practice book, Employment Damages and Other Remedies, and other practice materials on the subject.

Mr. Freedman is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Claremont McKenna College. Prior to joining RBGG, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marilyn J. Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He was named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Resmex Partners LLC v. Kimomex Santa Clara LLC: The firm represented a San Jose restaurateur and his group of restaurants in a dispute over the sale of two popular restaurants to a third party.  We obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the clients in the main action and in a related real estate action.
  • Hernandez v. County of Monterey: We sued the County of Monterey and its private medical provider, California Forensic Medical Group, challenging dangerous and unconstitutional conditions in the County’s Jail, a system plagued by severe overcrowding, outdated facilities, and chronic understaffing.  In 2014, we defeated the defendants’ motions to dismiss and obtained a unique ruling holding that our clients could assert ADA Title III claims against the Jail’s private medical provider.  See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 70 F.Supp.3d 963 (N.D. Cal. 2014) .  The federal court subsequently certified a class of the approximately 950 prisoners in the Jail, along with a sub-class of prisoners with disabilities.  See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 305 F.R.D. 132 (N.D. Cal. 2015).  On April 14, 2015, the court granted a sweeping preliminary injunction on behalf of the class and sub-class, finding rampant violations of the Constitution and federal law.  See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 110 F. Supp. 3d 929 (N.D. Cal. 2015).  The court approved the parties’ settlement on August 18, 2015, which requires defendants to comply with the requirements of the preliminary injunction and to develop and implement a comprehensive set of plans to enhance services at the Jail.  In November 2015, the Court approved a $4.8 million dollar award of fees and costs to counsel for the plaintiff class.
  • Software Consulting Vendor v. Fortune 500 Technology Company:  We provided advice and counseling to a software consulting vendor in confidential disputes over deliverables and payments under a complex set of consulting agreements. 
  • Armstrong v. Brown: Almost two decades after RBGG proved in federal court that California’s prison and parole systems violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by discriminating against prisoners and parolees with disabilities, RBGG also established that the State is responsible for taking steps to ensure the federal rights of prisoners and parolees with disabilities are accommodated when it chooses to house them in third-party county jail facilities. See Armstrong v. Brown, 857 F. Supp. 2d 919 (N.D. Cal. 2012), aff’d 732 F.3d 955 (9th Cir. 2013), cert denied, 134 S. Ct. 2725 (2014).

Education

  • Stanford Law School, J.D, 2008.  Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, 2003

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2017 Rising Star

Publications