Robert Fried is a management defense attorney, expert witness and mediator in single employer and class action cases. He sustains an ongoing national practice in wage and hour law, federal and state prevailing wage and public works, as well as human resources, traditional labor, trade secrets in employment, false claims/product labeling litigation and OSHA.
Mr. Fried has acted as appellate, policy and legislative counsel in precedent-setting cases before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts.
He regularly serves as outside general counsel to a broad variety of employer associations and business clients in industries included but not limited to construction, manufacturing, refineries and utilities, hospitality, professional sports, banking, transportation, and trucking.
He is the author of numerous pieces of legislation regarding work zone safety and employee benefits.
He is currently counsel in matters concerning independent contractor status, and held a California Supreme Court amicus brief in the Dynamex case.
Robert has served in public office under three California governors, holding appointments to the transportation industry panel of the Industrial Welfare Commission and the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD).
Mr. Fried works nationally to support veterans, first responders and doctors at risk for suicide from event and work related trauma and PTSD in honor of his father, who served in the 82nd Airborne, and his grandfather, who was a disabled sheet metalworker, and women, including his late wife Danielle Wendy Cheit, living their lives at risk from childhood and workplace abuse.
Robert is active in Rotary where he is a Paul Harris Fellow and a regular speaker - his speech is entitled “How to avoid lawyers in the Workplace”, and in the hospitality industry, in La Chaine de Rotissuer, where he holds the titles of Chevalier and Chef Rotissuer