Craig S.Friedman

Partner

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Craig Friedman, whose practice focuses on employment law, is a leader in the defense of employment class actions including wage-and-hour litigation. He has secured victories around the nation in employment class actions, including for clients such as Publix Super Markets, Dick's Sporting Goods, and The Scott Fetzer Company.

Beyond class actions, Craig represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. This includes lawsuits brought under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and various state laws. On behalf of The Scotts Company, Craig successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the lower court properly dismissed claims of race, gender, and disability discrimination. In addition, he was recognized as a recommended attorney by Legal 500 for workplace counseling and for ERISA litigation.

Active in community service in Atlanta, Craig is a member of the board of directors of the Labor and Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also on the board of directors of the JDRF Georgia Chapter. Craig is past president of the Executive Committee of Georgia Appleseed's Young Professionals Council and previously served on Georgia Appleseed's board of directors. He also has served on the Leadership Council of Arts For Learning, Woodruff Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that provides educational arts programming to Georgia students.

Experience

  • Flowers Foods defeats conditional certification in FLSA collective actionOn behalf of Flowers Foods, Inc., Jones Day defeated a motion to conditionally certify a proposed Fair Labor Standards Act class of bakery product distributors in the State of New York.
  • Manufacturer wins arbitration against former CEOJones Day successfully represented a manufacturer in its arbitration with its former CEO in which the CEO sought over $60 million in benefits or damages.
  • Nationwide bakery company resolves dispute arising from independent distributorJones Day represented a nationwide bakery in a threatened wrongful death action.
  • Publix wins summary judgment on questions of FLSA regular rate calculationJones Day represented Publix Super Markets, Inc. in defense against a company-wide collective action lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act claiming that certain bonuses and other payments were improperly excluded from the calculation of the regular rate of pay of supermarket hourly associates nationwide.
  • IBM decertifies class of call center employees in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actionOn behalf of International Business Machines Corporation, Jones Day successfully moved for decertification of a class of call center employees in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action.
  • IBM wins preemptive motion to deny class certification of California wage claimsOn behalf of International Business Machines Corporation, Jones Day preemptively defeated class certification of California-law wage claims.
  • Alderwoods defeats class certification in collective action brought under FLSA in PennsylvaniaOn September 9, 2011, Judge Joy Flowers Conti granted Alderwoods Group, Inc.'s motion to decertify a collective action brought under Section 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act in Prise, et al. v. Alderwoods Group, Inc.
  • Alderwoods defeats class certification in nationwide off-the-clock caseJones Day defeated the plaintiffs' effort to obtain class certification of nationwide and California classes in an off-the-clock wage and hour action against Alderwoods Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Service Corporation International, Inc.
  • Hilton Worldwide Inc.-owned Waldorf-Astoria obtains voluntary dismissal in class action brought by banquet waitersOn behalf of Hilton Worldwide Inc.-owned Waldorf-Astoria, Jones Day obtained voluntary dismissal of a class action brought by banquet waiters at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods prevails on preemptive motion to deny class certification in nationwide off-the-clock caseJones Day successfully defended Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. in this nationwide case seeking class action status under the laws of more than 30 states and under the FLSA.
  • Scotts Company secures Second Circuit affirmance of sanctions award and dismissal of discrimination actionJones Day obtained monetary sanctions against Plaintiff and her counsel for frivolous filings and, further, persuaded the Court to dismiss Plaintiff's claims of race, gender, and disability discrimination and enter judgment for The Scotts Company due to Plaintiff's repeated failure to comply with discovery orders.
  • Alderwoods obtains dismissal of plaintiff's Rule 23 state law claimsJones Day is defending Alderwoods Group, Inc. in this nationwide "off the clock" collective action.
  • Additional Publications

    • Second Quarter, 2013Special Concerns for Hospitals as Employers Under the Affordable Care Act, Health Care Labor Report
    • Winter 2013The Fair Labor Standards Act, ABA Labor & Employment Section's 2013 Midwinter Treatise Supplement
    • Winter 2012NLRB Finds That Class Action Waivers Violated The FLSA, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law News
    • Winter 2012The Fair Labor Standards Act, ABA Labor & Employment Section's 2012 Midwinter Treatise Supplement
    • Fall 2011Tougher Than The Rest: Florida District Courts' Stringent Approach to FLSA Conditional Certification Motions, Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment News
    • October 2007Stopping Employees In Their Tracks: GPS Tracking Of Employees, coauthor, Mealey's Litigation Report: Employment Law

    Speaking Engagements

    • April 3, 2019
      Discovery Strategies in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions Before and After Class Certification
    • January 28, 2019
      Workplace Investigations: Strategies and Pitfalls, JD CLE Academy
    • December 17, 2018
      Detecting Bias: Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 8.4(g) Viewed Through the Lens of Sherlock Holmes Movies, Celesq
    • March 7, 2018
      Classification of Workers, The Fair Labor Standards Act, and Compensation in the Nonprofit Workplace, Atlanta Bar Association Pro Bono March Madness
    • January 22, 2018
      Navigating The #MeToo World: Practical Advice for Corporate Boards and Executives, JD CLE Academy
    • October 18, 2017
      Daubert Hearings & Preparing for Direct and Cross Examination, Advanced Civil Trial Practice, Emory University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Experts
    • March 17, 2017
      Wage & Hour Update, Recent Developments and Practical Advice, Atlanta Bar Association Advanced Employment Law CLE
    • January 13, 2017
      Sherlock Holmes and Ethical Rules Addressing Discrimination: A Cinematic Journey, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • February 19, 2016
      Education Advocacy for Children in Care: Student Tribunal Hearing Training
    • March 31, 2015
      Labor & Employment Law for Non-Profits: Compensation in the Nonprofit Workplace, Atlanta Bar Association Pro Bono March Madness
    • December 11, 2013
      Public School Disciplinary Hearings in Georgia: Georgia Appleseed Pro Bono Training
    • April 16, 2013
      Claims of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Federal, State, and Local Law, Labor & Employment Law Society, Georgia State University College of Law
    • March 19, 2013
      Public School Disciplinary Hearings in Georgia: Georgia Appleseed Pro Bono Training
    • February 28, 2013
      Get Ready To Play or Pay!: Key Considerations About the Employer Health Coverage Mandate, Jones Day CLE Academy
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