Tamara S. Freeze
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, disability accommodation, wage and hour disputes, whistleblower retaliation, 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, focusing exclusively on employee rights.
In 2017 and 2020, the Daily Journal named Ms. Freeze to its list of the top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys, a rare honor reserved for only most exceptional employment lawyers in California. 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 and Top 100 Up-and-Coming Southern California Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine.
In her very first jury trial, Tamara obtained a $1,377,000.00 discrimination verdict on behalf of her 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, Tamara tried another employment discrimination case on behalf of a disabled school custodian and was able to obtain a $550,000.00 jury verdict for her client. The award was one of the largest discrimination verdicts in San Bernardino County for 2015.
In April 2017, Tamara obtained a historic $25.1M Whistleblower Jury Verdict on behalf of her client, Steven Babyak, who was unlawfully terminated after he came forward to upper management with complaints of illegal kickbacks and FDA policy violations. The unanimous verdict is believed to be one of the largest single-plaintiff whistleblower awards in California legal history. She became a 2017 CAALA Trial Attorney of the Year Finalist for her trial work on this case.
Ms. Freeze has a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and enjoys a good chess game.
J.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law, 2005
B.A., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 2000
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
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
Member Since: 2008
CELA Trial College Presenter and Trainer (2017-2019)
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist
2018 Annual Convention Presenter
2019 Plaintiff Trial Academy Graduate
The American Association of Justice (AAJ)
2018 Harvard Law School Trial College Graduate
Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)
Member Since: 2008
Orange County Korean Bar Association (OCKABA)
Past Board Member
Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Southern California Lawyers, 2016-2019
The Rising Star, California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012-2019
The Daily Journal, Top 75 California Labor and Employment Attorneys, 2017, 2020
Top 100 Up-and-Coming Southern California Lawyers, 2019
- Babyak 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