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).

Practice Areas

News & Publications

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."

Alerts & Articles


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.

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Community Involvement

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


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley


  • 1979, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth District
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
    U.S. Supreme Court
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