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Workplace Justice Advocates
9891 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Tamara S. Freeze is a founding shareholder of Workplace Justice Advocates, Professional Law Corporation, where she exclusively represents employees in employment-related matters, such as discrimination, harassment, request for disability accommodation, wage and hour disputes, employment litigation and appeals.
After earning her undergraduate degree from UCLA, Ms. Freeze attended University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she focused mainly on employment law and litigation, and worked as a summer associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom, LLP. After graduation, Ms. Freeze worked for a prominent employment defense law firms Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Bryan Cave, LLP. In 2009, Ms. Freeze opened her own practice (Law Offices of Tamara Freeze), focusing exclusively on employee rights.
In 2013, Ms. Freeze partnered with attorney Robert A. Odell to form Workplace Justice Advocates, a Professional Law Corporation, which currently represents employees in a broad spectrum of matters including harassment, discrimination, reasonable accommodation, wrongful termination, wage and hour class actions and employment litigation. The firm now has three offices: Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.
In 2017, the Daily Journal named Ms. Freeze to its list of the top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys. Ms. Freeze has also been recognized as the Rising Star by California Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2012, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state. Ms. Freeze has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, on radio stations and various media. In addition Ms. Freeze was recently named as one of the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine.
In her very first jury trial, Tamara and her partner, Robert Odell, obtained a $1,377,000.00 discrimination verdict on behalf of their client, Huron Mayo, in a complex disability discrimination, retaliation and CFRA case - prevailing on all five (5) causes of action against defendant Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles.
In June 2015, Robert and Tamara tried another employment discrimination case on behalf of a disabled school custodian and were able to obtain a $550,000.00 jury verdict for their client. The award was one of the largest discrimination verdicts in San Bernardino County for 2015.
In April 2017, Tamara and Robert obtained a historic $25.1M Whistleblower Jury Verdict on behalf of their client, Steven Babyak, who was unlawfully terminated after he came forward to upper management with complaints of illegal kickbacks and FDA policy violations. The verdict is believed to be one of the largest single-plaintiff whistleblower awards in California legal history.
In her spare time, Ms. Freeze enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jisu (BJJ) and chess. Occasionally, you may find Ms. Freeze coaching chess at local elementary schools or serving as a referee at kids' BJJ tournaments.
EducationJ.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law, 2005
McBaine Moot Court; Articles Editor, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Prosser Prize in Local Government Law
B.A. Political Science, UCLA, 2000
Magna Cum Laude; Kurnitz Creative Writing Award
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeState Bar of California, 2005
The District of Columbia Bar, 2010
All District Courts of California, 2005/2008
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2005
The Supreme Court of the United States, 2012
Professional & Bar Association MembershipsCalifornia Employment Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2008
Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
Orange County Bar Association
Member Since: 2008
American Bar Association
Member Since: 2005
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member Since: 2007
Legal Honors/AwardsTop 50 Up-and-Coming Women Southern California Lawyers, 2016
The Rising Star, California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012-2016
The Daily Journal, Top 75 California Labor and Employment Attorneys, 2017
Notable CasesBabyak v. Cardiovascular Systems Inc.: $25,142,000.00 Whistleblower Retaliation Verdict
Mayo v. Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles : $1,377,000.00 Disability Discrimination and CFRA Retaliation Verdict
Snead v. Chino Valley Unified School District: $550,000.00 Disability Discrimination & Failure to Engage Verdict
Wergechik v. Anaheim Arena Management, LLC: $32,720.00 Anti-SLAPP Judgment against employer
Notable Appellate DecisionsWile v. Johnson Window Films: Reversed grant of summary judgment on appeal
Harris v. Bingham McCutchen LLP: Affirmed denial of Motion to Compel Arbitration on appeal
Clark v. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian: Reversed grant of summary judgment on appeal
Notable SettlementsConfidential: $800,000.00 Settlement
Confidential: $350,000.00 Settlement
Confidential: $250,000.00 Settlement