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, 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.
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 employment discrimination and harassment case - prevailing on all five (5) causes of action against defendant Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles.
Just six months later, Robert and Tamara tried another complex employment discrimination case. Their client, Joseph Snead, was a 15-year custodian with the Chino Valley Unified School District and was fired after he was injured on the job and could no longer climb ladders as a result. Mr. Snead's previous attorney declined to take the case to trial and the School District refused to offer anything more than a small, nuisance-value settlement, as they saw very little risk that Mr. Snead would prevail at trial.
Despite this, Robert and Tamara tried the case and were able to obtain a $550,000.00 jury award for Mr. Snead, which was one of the largest discrimination verdicts in San Bernardino County for 2015.
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.
J.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
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
California Employment Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2008
Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
Orange County Bar Association
Member Since: 2008
Labor & Employment Executive Committee
American Bar Association
Member Since: 2005
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member Since: 2007
Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Southern California Lawyers, 2016
The Rising Star, California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012-2016
- Babyak v. Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (LASC Case No. BC601259): $25,000,000.00
- Mayo v. Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (LASC Case No. BC486184): $1,377,000.00
- Snead v. Chino Valley Unified School District (San Bernardino Case No. CIVRS 1101184): $550,000.00
- Wergechik v. Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (Case No. 30-2015-00786670-CU-WT-CJC, June 25, 2016): $32,720.00
- Wile v. Johnson Window Films, B247056, 2014 WL 1465232 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 15, 2014)
- Harris v. Bingham McCutchen LLP, 214 Cal. App. 4th 1399 (2013)
- Zhen v. Tawa Supermarket, Orange County Superior Court, 30-2011-00477333
- Davydov v. Teledyne Technologies, Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, BC472446