Harris S. Freier, Partner in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office, is a member of the Employment Law and Appellate Practice Groups.
Mr. Freier litigates employment law cases regarding age, race, religion, gender, and disability discrimination before state and federal courts. He has significant class action experience litigating cases under ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. He also has experience with restrictive covenants including pre-invention assignment agreements.
Mr. Freier has a strong traditional labor background, successfully handling two labor arbitrations for the City of New York and working on a variety of other labor matters involving plant closings and relocations, and employee grievances.
He has committed a significant amount of time to pro bono representation, securing a victory before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a prison abuse litigation. Mr. Freier has also provided employment counseling to a non-profit dance group.
Mr. Freier has been rated AV® Preeminent™ in Labor and Employment Law by Martindale Hubbell, the world’s premier attorney listing resource. An AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating an attorney can receive from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Freier has been named to the Rising Star list since 2013 by the publishers of New Jersey Monthly and Super Lawyers®.
- Successfully represented a major bank in a restrictive covenant litigation, obtaining temporary and preliminary restraints and ultimately liability, preventing former officers from a subsidiary from poaching clients after they resigned without notice.
- Succeeded in having claims dismissed in a litigation where a mentally handicapped woman was allegedly raped by a co-worker at a New Jersey hospital and then sued the hospital for negligent hiring.
- Successfully handled at trial and at the appellate levels a disability discrimination case for a New Jersey hospital in which a plaintiff alleged that he was terminated because of an alleged attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Appearing pro bono before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, won a reversal in a prison abuse case of a summary judgment that had been ruled in favor of the State of New Jersey against his client.
Mr. Freier was at the forefront of analyzing the impact of the 2010 national health care reform on employers and has advised clients and co-authored an article on the act, “Health Care Reform Implications for Employers: Make sure you are positioned to implement the new mandates,” New Jersey Law Journal (May 2010) While still in law school, Mr. Freier served as co-counsel for the local chapter of the Teamsters in a wrongful termination discharge arbitration and was able to secure a victory for his client.
- New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2006
- Connecticut, 2007
- New York, 2007
- District of Columbia, 2007
- U.S. District Court, Eastern & Southern Districts of New York, 2007
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2009
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2016
Cornell Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2006, magna cum laude
University of Virginia, B.A., 2003