Mr Gary Friedman > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States




Gary Friedman, a first-chair trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, is long recognized as one of the leading employment lawyers in the U.S. He regularly litigates high-profile class, collective and other complex actions in federal and state courts, is a leading lawyer in the restrictive covenant and trade secrets area, where he has handled cases involving more than 35 states’ laws, and is frequently retained by boards of public and private companies to advise and/or investigate high-stakes internal claims. Expertise includes: defending employers in discrimination and wage/hour class actions; litigating restrictive covenant/trade secrets cases nationwide; conducting and advising on internal investigations; and advising corporations, and their boards and HR teams, on sensitive employment matters, including whistleblowing and other claims of misconduct, discrimination and harassment. Notable clients include Marsh & McLennan Companies, Lendlease Corporation, Discovery Communications, Apple, Epiq Systems, Union Pacific, L3Harris, Ralph Lauren, Kroll, Schindler Elevator, Air Methods Corporation, Community Brands, and Vonage Holdings.


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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

(Leading lawyers)

Gary FriedmanWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s broad expertise in non-contentious employment and workplace matters complements its strength in labour litigation. The team provides management – including employers, boards, board committees, directors and executives – with assistance across the gamut of employment-related issues. Its lawyers have extensive experience in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The team is led by New York-based partner John Barry, who joined from Proskauer Rose LLP and brings experience in assisting clients with crisis management and business agreements. Gary Friedman and counsel Ami Zweig are other names to note. Jeffrey Klein retired from the firm in April 2021.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

(Hall of Fame)

Gary FriedmanWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

(Leading lawyers)

Gary FriedmanWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Praised by clients for their ‘incredibly strong’ performance in high-stakes cases, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines expertise from the firm’s employment, technology, IP, and litigation teams to advise on the full range of trade secret matters. In New York, John Barry – a September 2021 from Proskauer Rose LLP – is noted for his capabilities in the private equity and financial services sectors, representing data analytics companies and multinational tech entities in restrictive covenant disputes and misappropriation claims. Also in New York, first-chair trial lawyer Gary Friedman handles trade secrets litigation proceedings across the nation, most recently in the insurance and software sectors, while Nicholas Pappas is recommended for his capabilities in employment disputes at the state and federal level. In Boston, the ‘superb‘  Patrick O’Toole frequently works with various corporate clients and private equity firms on trade secret matters arising from transactions. The Silicon Valley-based Bambo Obaro heads up the firm’s trade secrets taskforce, variously advising clients on non-compete agreements and litigating in state and federal courts.