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Matthew Carlson

Matt Carlson represents workers in class action litigation, including wage and hour, hostile work environment, and discrimination disputes in state and federal courts in California and around the country.

Prior to joining the firm as its first California-based attorney, Matt operated his own law practice, where he partnered with the firm on a number of cases involving “sharing economy” companies in California, including Uber and Lyft. Matt also has substantial experience representing farm workers in central California, transportation workers, and individuals wrongfully classified as “overtime exempt” employees under state and federal law.

Education

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
Yale University, B.A., political science

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of California, 2010
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Michael Freedman

Michael Freedman is a dedicated advocate for workers and other marginalized and disenfranchised groups. Michael represents workers in class action wage and hour litigation, many of whom have been misclassified as independent contractors, to recover wages, overtime, tips, and expenses.

Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, Michael clerked for the Honorable Marilyn H. Patel (Ret.) on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. After completing his clerkships, Michael spent more than five years at a prominent civil rights firm in San Francisco primarily litigating complex class actions to enforce the constitutional rights of state and county prisoners. Since 2012, Michael has co-authored and annually updated a chapter on “Attorney Fees, Costs, and Interest” in the Continuing Education of the Bar’s Employment Damages & Remedies publication. Michael has been named a California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine every year from 2013 to 2016.

Michael graduated from Stanford Law School in 2008, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties and participated in the Stanford Criminal Defense Clinic, representing individuals convicted under California’s Three Strikes law. During law school, Michael also worked and volunteered for the ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU of Northern California.

Education

Stanford Law School, J.D., 2008
Claremont McKenna College,B.A., cum laude, 2003

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of California, 2009

Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Olena Savytska

Olena Savytska is a dedicated and persistent client advocate and combines her experience in civil litigation and direct services in her work, approaching every case as a puzzle. Olena has focused on FLSA wage and hour actions in a variety of industries.

Olena began her work in wage and hour actions at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented dry cleaning and restaurant workers. As a student at Columbia Law School, Olena helped prepare and present a report to New York State agency members and legislators as part of the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic and took part in the 2013 National Native American Law Students Association moot court competition.

During college, Olena worked as a paralegal, gaining significant experience in civil discovery and trial preparation. Olena is fluent in Spanish and Russian.

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D.
Boston College, BA in Political Science and Economics, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2015

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

Other Industries

Unfortunately, independent contractor misclassification spans many industries.  We are investigating allegations of independent contractor misclassification in a variety of fields, and we have a case now pending against Harvard University for misclassifying workers as independent contractors.  If you have worked anywhere in the country in any industry and believe you have been misclassified, please contact us to discuss your options.

Shannon Liss-Riordan Sues Harvard on Behalf of Massage Therapists
JDJournal | January, 2016

Massage Therapist Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Harvard
The Harvard Crimson | January, 2016

Marketing and Call Center Workers

We have recently filed lawsuits against a number of marketing and customer service outsourcing companies who purport to treat their marketing and customer service reps as independent contractors, paying them by commissions or piece rate, and failing to pay any overtime or training. These companies also require the workers to pay for their own expenses. There have been a number of court rulings finding such arrangements to violate federal and state wage and hour law, because these workers are really employees subject to the protections of the wage and hour laws.