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
Honors & Recognitions
Mr. Fried was named one of 12 outstanding attorneys by the East Bay Business Times in its annual review of area attorneys and has been consistently listed as one of the top litigators in the San Francisco Bay Area ("Top Lawyers in the Bay Area," Bay Area Lawyer Magazine).
News & Publications
- San Francisco Chronicle, 03.25.2016
- Employer Advisory Council of Orange County, Inc., 09.17.2014
- California Constructor, January/February 2014 See page 19, 01.06.2014
Events & Speaking Engagements
Mr. Fried regularly speaks at a number of industry events. In June of 2018 he spoke at the 89th Annual Meeting for the Association of Transportation Law Professionals in a presentation entitled "Modal Updates: Part II."
- Steptoe & Johnson LLP | Washington, DC, 06.09.2019
Alerts & Articles
- Reminder—The Deadline to Comply with OSHA's Electronic Submission Injury Illness Records for OSHA 300 Logs is July 1, 201806.26.2018
Robert Fried is an author and contributing author of California’s most respected publications on human resources and labor and law, published by the California Chamber of Commerce. Highlights (Labor) Editor for the Association of Transportation Law Professionals and contributing author to The Fair Labor Standards Act (2nd Edition BNA/ABA); the Annual Letter Writing Campaign of the American Bar Association Committee on Practice and Procedure Before the National Labor Relations Board and the ABA. Midwinter Report on the Family Medical Leave Act. His American Anthem column is published on LinkedIn.
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 10.02.2017
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 12.21.2016
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 11.10.2016
- California Court of Appeal Confirms that Itemized Wage Statements Need Not Include Accrued Vacation PayLabor & Employment Law Blog, 10.25.2016
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 09.13.2016
- Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Regarding Piece Rate Safe Harbor – Deadline To File Remains July 28, 2016Labor & Employment Law Blog, 07.26.2016
- Fresno Superior Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order Delaying Deadline to File Safe Harbor Election Under California Piece Rate LawLabor & Employment Law Blog, 07.01.2016
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 07.08.2015
- U.S. Supreme Court Holds Courts May Review Whether the EEOC has Fulfilled Its Statutory Duty to Conciliate Discrimination AllegationsLabor & Employment Law Blog, 05.14.2015
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 03.16.2015
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 11.20.2014
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 08.15.2014
- Which Direction? Is the Independent Contractor/Owner Operator Classification Headed for Extinction or Will it be Saved by FAAA Preemption?Labor & Employment Law Blog, 07.23.2013
- Department of Labor Directive Expands Impact of New Labor Rights Posting Requirements For Federal ContractorsLabor & Employment Law Blog, 06.20.2010
- DIR Director Reverses Original Decision: Now Prevailing Wages Are NOT Required for Certain Off-Site FabricationLabor & Employment Law Blog, 05.07.2010
- Presidential Executive Order on Economy in Government Contracting Foreshadows Likely Challenge to Supreme Court Decision on Union NeutralityLabor & Employment Law Blog, 04.15.2010
Community & Professional
Mr. Fried sits on the Legal Committee of the California Chamber, as well as its Employer Relations Committee. He serves as outside general counsel for a broad variety of employer associations and is a member of the following organizations:
- Associated Builders & Contractors of California
- California Business Properties Association
- California Chamber of Commerce
- California Small Business Alliance
- Center for Continuing Legal Education, Board of Advisors
- Chaine de Rotisseurs
- Golden Gate Restaurant Association
- Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries
- Safety Council, Associated General Contractors of California
- The Federalist Society
- United Contractors
- American Bar Association