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 Y. Freeman has joined Roetzel’s Employment Services Group as a Shareholder in the firm’s Cleveland office. He 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 Mr. Freeman empathizes with each of his clients, he aggressively defends them and their businesses by utilizing creative legal strategies. Since no two cases are alike, Mr. Freeman 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.  Mr. Freeman 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 (2018-2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2013, 2015-2020)
  • 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
    2021 Outlook on Business and Employment-Based Immigration (Nov 11, 2020)
    Public Employee Loses First Amendment Retaliation Claim After Publicly Posting a Racial Slur on Facebook That Caused Sufficient Workplace Disruption (Oct 14, 2020)
    DOL Updates FFCRA Regulations, Effective 9/16/2020, in Response to Federal Court Decision (Sep 15, 2020)
    EEOC Acknowledges Limitations to Its Enforcement Powers in Recent Opinion Letter (Sep 14, 2020)
    EEOC Provides Additional Guidance on ADA Compliance During COVID-19 (Sep 9, 2020)
  2. Presentation
    "Wage and Hour Claims: The Most Dangerous Game" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
  3. Firm News
    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 Y. Freeman has joined Roetzel’s Employment Services Group as a Shareholder in the firm’s Cleveland office. He 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 Mr. Freeman empathizes with each of his clients, he aggressively defends them and their businesses by utilizing creative legal strategies. Since no two cases are alike, Mr. Freeman 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.  Mr. Freeman 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 (2018-2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2013, 2015-2020)
  • 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
    2021 Outlook on Business and Employment-Based Immigration (Nov 11, 2020)
    Public Employee Loses First Amendment Retaliation Claim After Publicly Posting a Racial Slur on Facebook That Caused Sufficient Workplace Disruption (Oct 14, 2020)
    DOL Updates FFCRA Regulations, Effective 9/16/2020, in Response to Federal Court Decision (Sep 15, 2020)
    EEOC Acknowledges Limitations to Its Enforcement Powers in Recent Opinion Letter (Sep 14, 2020)
    EEOC Provides Additional Guidance on ADA Compliance During COVID-19 (Sep 9, 2020)
  2. Presentation
    "Wage and Hour Claims: The Most Dangerous Game" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
  3. Firm News
    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)