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Gary Friedman, long recognized as one of the leading employment lawyers in the US, focuses on litigating and trying complex class, collective, and mass actions, and restrictive covenant/trade secret cases in federal and state courts, and arbitral forums. Expertise includes: defending employers in discrimination and wage-and-hour class actions; prosecuting and defending restrictive covenant/trade secrets cases on behalf of employers; and advising corporations, and their boards, regarding sensitive employment matters, internal investigations, workplace consolidations, and e-discovery issues.


Duke University (BA, magna cum laude); Georgetown University Law Center (JD; Law Review–The Tax Lawyer; Dean’s List; Am. Jur. Award).

United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Leading the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are employment litigator Jeffrey Klein and commercial litigator Gary Friedman, both based in NewYork. Klein acted for the financial services company Perella Weinberg Partners in litigation against three former partners who sought to recruit the firm's entire restructuring team. Friedman worked with Magellan Health in a lawsuit against a former employee who threatened to release confidential information about the company. Further, the team was involved in a trade secret misappropriation case for semiconductor manufacturing company Applied Materials. Christopher Cox joined Hogan Lovells US LLP in 2019.

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United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

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Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

The well-reputed team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York handles class action litigation, single-plaintiff cases, and restrictive covenant disputes, and has particular expertise in wage-and-hour and discrimination claims. Jeffrey Klein leads the team and has over 30 years of experience. He successfully defended Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Seyfarth Shaw LLP) in a 44,000-plaintiff class arbitration on alleged gender discrimination. Employment expert Gary Friedman is representing Nuance in a putative class and collective action involving claims of breach of contract, fraud and violations. Klein and Friedman were also engaged by HCTec in a wage-and-hour putative collective action filed in Nashville. Klein continues to represent Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) in an $80m lawsuit filed by terminated employees. Other notable practitioners are Nicholas Pappas, counsel Lawrence Baer and senior associate Ami Zweig.

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Workplace and employment counseling

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Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's team of experienced lawyers counsels employers in a variety of matters, such as internal investigations and compliance audits, workforce reductions, diversity initiatives and compensation arrangements. Recent work includes being engaged by several clients to conduct internal investigations involving claims of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment. Mastercard, Signet Jewelers and Belmond are on the group’s client roster. Practice head Jeffrey Klein is well versed in discrimination claims; he has additional expertise as a sports attorney and player agent and is regularly retained by athletes and sports organizations. Another key contact from the New York-based practice is Gary Friedman, who is experienced in advising companies as well as their boards of directors and committees in internal investigations, as well as assisting employers regarding matters pertaining to organizational changes such as reductions in force, reorganizations, restructurings and changes of control. Senior associate Ami Zweig is also noted.

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