Overview

Rob Friedman is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He advises and represents employers in virtually every aspect of the employee-employer relationship. His practice includes representing employers in litigation and administrative matters brought by employees and government agencies, as well as advising employers on employment-related issues, policies and procedures.

Rob regularly advises employers on employment arbitration issues and has successfully argued arbitration enforcement issues before state and U. S. Courts of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court. He also devotes a significant part of his practice to litigating complex wage and hour collective and class actions in state and federal courts across the country. 

Most commonly, Rob works with the following types of clients:

  • Energy, oil and gas and drilling companies
  • Hospital and healthcare providers
  • Rent-to-own companies
  • Retailers
  • Service organizations
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Temporary agencies
  • Transportation industry

Rob has authored and co-authored numerous articles, chapters and publications regarding wage and hour matters, class action defense, arbitration and the WARN Act. In addition, he is a frequent presenter at legal functions sponsored by sections of the American Bar Association, business groups and Littler Mendelson.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Federal Labor Standards Subcommittee

American Bar Association

Member

Dallas Bar Association

Member

French-American Bar Association

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2019

Named, Super Lawyer

Texas

Super Lawyers

2008 and 2010-2018

News, Analysis & Press

Dukes v. Wal-Mart is a win for employers

InsideCounsel

August 1, 2011

Wal-Mart Ruling Convolutes Class-Action Landscape

Workforce Management

July 5, 2011

Books & Book Chapters

  • Plant Closings and Mass Layoff Notice Requirements, Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, Co-Author, 2000-2017
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Treatise Supplement, Contributing Editor, 2005-2017
  • Littler on Employee Arbitration Agreements, Co-author, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Arbitration After Epic

National Retail Federation HR and Employment Law Fall Meeting, New York, NY

October 23, 2018

The Battle Over Arbitration Continues: The FAA, the NLRA and Other Lingering Skirmishes

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

The Current Status of Arbitration Agreements Under the New Administration and in the Courts

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Arbitration Agreements: Attacks on Class Action Waivers

National Retail Federation Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

October 28, 2016

Attacks on All Fronts: FLSA Lawsuits, and the NLRB's Attacks on Arbitration Class Waivers

American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX

October 26, 2016

Preparing for Change: DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime and Brief Update on the Affordable Care Act

Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Dallas, TX

August 9, 2016

Flanking Attacks and Other Maneuvers: How the Plaintiffs’ Bar Defeats Arbitral Class Waiver Clauses

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Hot Topics in Employment Law

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

February 2, 2016
Employment Law Resolutions for 2016

Dallas, TX

January 21, 2016

Arbitration of Wage and Hour Claims

9th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, American Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA

November 7, 2015

Resolving Wage & Hour Mass Actions

JAMS, San Francisco, CA

May 28, 2014

Arbitration Wars! The Plaintiffs’ Bar Strikes Back – The Threat of Mass Arbitrations, Other Tactics and What You Can Do About It

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2014

Arbitration: Pros and Cons – Debunking the Myths

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

March 4, 2014
The Great Arbitration Debate

Dallas, TX

January 30, 2014

Independent Contractor Misclassification – Recent Initiatives and Trends

Labor & Employment Law Section – Dallas Bar Association

September 16, 2013
Class Action Summit

October 22, 2012

The State of Covenants Not to Compete & Arbitration Agreements

Annual In-House Symposium - Association of Corporate Counsel

May 23, 2012
Pressing Issues Facing Retailers—In the U.S. and Abroad

February 13, 2012

The Federal Arbitration Act after AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion: What Companies, Consumers, Employees, and Counsel Need to Know

Bloomberg BNA Webinar

November 9, 2011

Class Arbitration Issues Following Stolt-Nielsen and Concepcion

Executives Summit - National Retail Federation, Dallas, TX

October 12, 2011
Class Action Summit

September 26, 2011
AT&T v. Concepcion: What the Ruling Means to You

June 21, 2011
Arbitration Agreements: Clause and Effect

August 27, 2010

The Cutting Edge of Arbitration: What You Need to Know

Annual Meeting - American Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

August 9, 2010
Arbitration Agreements: Clause and Effect

Dallas, TX

August 4, 2010

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1998cum laude
  • B.A., University of Texas, 1991

Languages

  • French

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan