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Gary Friedman

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


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)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team handles a wide range of contentious as well as non-contentious matters, and boasts expertise across a range of sectors and on a nationwide scale. The group is favored by technology clients for restrictive covenants disputes as well as internal investigations and pre-litigation counseling. Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are defending WoodSpring Hotels against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information filed by Extended Stay America. Meanwhile, Gary Friedman is acting for Kroll in a breach of restrictive covenant and non-solicitation clause claim against one of its former managing directors, who joined BRG. In Silicon Valley, Christopher Cox maintains a steady workload of employee mobility disputes and trade secrets theft cases. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP delivers an ‘exceptional service’, is ‘outstanding for big-ticket mandates’ and handles large class and mass action litigation as well as significant single-plaintiff cases. Department head Jeffrey Klein represented Sterling Jewelers in several matters, including a significant class arbitration in which a putative class of female Sterling sales employees claimed sex discrimination and a corresponding gender bias EEOC suit (the firm acted as co-counsel alongside Seyfarth Shaw LLP). Gary Friedman represented Elite Model Management in a putative class action challenging the classification of models as independent contractors. Perella Weinberg Partners and WoodSpring Hotels are also clients. Nicholas Pappas is a ‘great ERISA attorney and employment litigator’, and counsels Lawrence Baer and Millie Warner, who is a ‘talented, thorough lawyer’, and senior associate Ami Zweig, are also recommended. Named individuals are based in New York.

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Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and strategic team’ is adept at handling complex and sensitive counseling matters such as board-level internal investigations, compliance audits, diversity initiatives, and compensation arrangements, in addition to issues arising from M&A, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. Signet Jewelers, WoodSpring Hotels, Tiffany & Co. and UnitedHealth Group are clients for the New York-based team. Department head Jeffrey Klein is a ‘great negotiator and an excellent counselor’, ‘very good at reading the room’ and ‘tough when he needs to be’. Gary Friedman regularly advises on internal investigations and matters such as whistleblowing and other claims of misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. Nicholas Pappas, who is a highly regarded ERISA expert, counsel Millie Warner and ‘responsive’ associate Ami Zweig are also recommended.

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