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.


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