Barry Y. Freeman

Shareholder
Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.615.4850
F 216.623.0134
P 216.615.4850 | F 216.623.0134



Overview

With over 25 years as a labor and employment attorney and trial lawyer, Barry represents employers of all sizes in litigation and administrative matters, in addition to providing his clients with day-to-day counseling, strategic advice and compliance guidance. 

Because Barry empathizes with each of his clients, he aggressively defends them and their businesses by utilizing creative legal strategies. Since no two cases are alike, Barry looks for ways to get clients the results they desire by discovering what is unique about the specific matter and how to use the information to his client's advantage. 

The cases he handles involve all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage and hour; unfair competition and trade secrets, employee benefits; traditional labor law; defamation; and workers’ compensation.  Barry has unusual expertise defending wage and hour class and collective actions across the country.

Experience
  • Represents clients with matters including all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage and hour (including class and collective actions); unfair competition and trade secrets; employee benefits; workers' compensation, traditional labor law; defamation; and privacy rights
  • Focuses on practical, cost-effective solutions
  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Comprehensive Title IX training at a small liberal arts college in Ohio
  • Conducted a sexual harassment investigation for a northeast Ohio community college
Services

Education

  1. University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  2. The University of Chicago, B.A., History

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. Michigan
  3. West Virginia
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  3. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  5. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  6. U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  7. U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  8. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  9. U.S. Supreme Court
Certifications
  • Certified as a Specialist for Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association

Recognitions

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Individuals (2018-2022)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2013, 2015-2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2008)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in Sutton's Who's Who in American Law (2011) 

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Board Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Insights

  1. Alerts
    President Biden Orders OSHA to Issue Rule Requiring Large Employers to Mandate That Employees Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 Or Undergo Weekly Testing (Sep 10, 2021)
    School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Laws: Safety Takes a Front Seat as Ohio Kids Head Back to Class (Sep 9, 2021)
    OSHA Revises its COVID-19 Guidance to Incorporate the CDC’s Latest Recommendations (Aug 19, 2021)
    O Say Can You See? Federal Courts Say Military Members Entitled to Paid Leave (Aug 13, 2021)
    Another One Bites the Dust: You Might Be Your Brother Employer’s Keeper (Again) (Jul 30, 2021)
  2. Presentation
    "Wage and Hour Claims: The Most Dangerous Game" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
  3. Firm News
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel & Andress Adds Shareholder Barry Freeman in Cleveland (Mar 13, 2020)

Overview

With over 25 years as a labor and employment attorney and trial lawyer, Barry represents employers of all sizes in litigation and administrative matters, in addition to providing his clients with day-to-day counseling, strategic advice and compliance guidance. 

Because Barry empathizes with each of his clients, he aggressively defends them and their businesses by utilizing creative legal strategies. Since no two cases are alike, Barry looks for ways to get clients the results they desire by discovering what is unique about the specific matter and how to use the information to his client's advantage. 

The cases he handles involve all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage and hour; unfair competition and trade secrets, employee benefits; traditional labor law; defamation; and workers’ compensation.  Barry has unusual expertise defending wage and hour class and collective actions across the country.

Experience
  • Represents clients with matters including all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage and hour (including class and collective actions); unfair competition and trade secrets; employee benefits; workers' compensation, traditional labor law; defamation; and privacy rights
  • Focuses on practical, cost-effective solutions
  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Comprehensive Title IX training at a small liberal arts college in Ohio
  • Conducted a sexual harassment investigation for a northeast Ohio community college

Education

  1. University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  2. The University of Chicago, B.A., History

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. Michigan
  3. West Virginia
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  3. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  5. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  6. U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  7. U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  8. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  9. U.S. Supreme Court
Certifications
  • Certified as a Specialist for Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association

Recognitions

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Individuals (2018-2022)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2013, 2015-2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2008)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in Sutton's Who's Who in American Law (2011) 

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Board Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Insights

  1. Alerts
    President Biden Orders OSHA to Issue Rule Requiring Large Employers to Mandate That Employees Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 Or Undergo Weekly Testing (Sep 10, 2021)
    School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Laws: Safety Takes a Front Seat as Ohio Kids Head Back to Class (Sep 9, 2021)
    OSHA Revises its COVID-19 Guidance to Incorporate the CDC’s Latest Recommendations (Aug 19, 2021)
    O Say Can You See? Federal Courts Say Military Members Entitled to Paid Leave (Aug 13, 2021)
    Another One Bites the Dust: You Might Be Your Brother Employer’s Keeper (Again) (Jul 30, 2021)
  2. Presentation
    "Wage and Hour Claims: The Most Dangerous Game" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
  3. Firm News
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel & Andress Adds Shareholder Barry Freeman in Cleveland (Mar 13, 2020)