Andrew H. Friedman
Helmer & Friedman, LLP
Andrew H. Friedman, a name partner with the law firm of Helmer • Friedman LLP, primarily represents employees in all aspects of employment law. In addition to occasionally representing employers and individual defendants, Mr. Friedman also provides employers with discrimination and harassment avoidance training and he conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into employment-related disputes.
Mr. Friedman received his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School and his B.A. degree in history and psychology, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. At Cornell, Mr. Friedman was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Following law school, Mr. Friedman served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John T. Nixon, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Subsequently, Mr. Friedman was trained as an employment attorney by two of the Nation’s most prestigious management-side employment law firms – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Bryan Cave LLP.
Mr. Friedman has not only handled a wide range of employment-related litigation in state and federal courts, he also has significant experience negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements, and counseling both employers and employees with work-related problems in an effort to resolve their disputes without the necessity of court intervention. In addition, Mr. Friedman has represented both employers and employees in matters pending with numerous governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Mr. Friedman is a prolific author and editor of many employment-related publications including: Author, Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases, (James Publishing, 2005); Co-Editor-In-Chief, California Employment Law Digest, (James Publishing, 2000); Co-Author, California Causes of Action, (James Publishing, 1998); Contributor, Litigating Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Cases, (James Publishing, 1998).
Mr. Friedman has also written the following law review articles: Andrew H. Friedman, Same-Sex Marriage and the Right to Privacy: Abandoning Scriptural, Canonical, and Natural Law Based Definitions of Marriage, 35 Howard L.J. 173 (1992); Andrew H. Friedman, Tison v. Arizona: The Death Penalty and the Non-Triggerman: The Scales of Justice are Broken, 75 Cornell L. Rev. 123 (1989).
Mr. Friedman is a frequent speaker for various human resource and legal organizations, including the National Business Institute (“NBI”), Southern California Employment Round Table (“SCERT”), the Professionals In Human Resources Association (“PIHRA”), the State Bar of California, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association on such topics as: “Fundamental Issues in California Human Resource Law,” “Advanced Issues in California Employment Law,” “Litigation Tricks Du Jour: Cutting Edge Strategies for Employment Cases,” “Avoiding Liability for Age Discrimination,” “From Hiring to Firing: The Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law,” “Employment Law for Managers of Small Non-Profits and Their Legal Advisors,” and “Annual Update on Employment Law,” “Selecting and Terminating Employees in California,” “Counseling the Small Business Client in California,” “Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation.”
Mr. Friedman has also spoken about various labor and employment law issues on “Your Legal Rights”, a San Francisco-based public radio program, produced and hosted by Chuck Finney, which covers a wide range of legal issues for California consumers.
Mr. Friedman’s professional memberships include, among others, the following: (1) Member, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (2002 – 2005); (2) Advisor, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California (2005 – present); (3) Member, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003 – present); (4) Co-Chair, Saturday Morning Seminar Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003 – 2005); (5) Member, Saturday Morning Seminar Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2001 – 2003; 2005 - present); (6) Member, Symposium Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2005 – present); and (7) Co-Chair, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (2002-2003).
Mr. Friedman is licensed to practice in California, Missouri, and the District of Columbia.