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
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Overview

"I never forget it’s your hard-earned money at stake."

For more than 25 years, Barry has defended employers of all sizes in litigation and administrative disputes: Wage and hour collective and class actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition and trade secrets, non-competes, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, defamation, privacy rights, and more. Focused on practical solutions, he draws upon creative legal strategies to help clients achieve their objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In addition, clients rely on Barry to provide sensible counseling, strategic advice, and guidance on a broad range of compliance issues. 

Barry has particular strengths defending wage and hour class and collective actions nationwide. In one recent case, he resolved a collective action for hundreds of thousands of dollars below what initially seemed feasible. 

Clients appreciate Barry’s ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their position, honestly assess risks and potential rewards, and develop a practical approach to resolving the claim. Barry does not laud clients’ cases at the beginning, then ‘do a 180’ with a different perspective as the case progresses. His analysis stays steady and consistent. For example, in one case where Barry represented a plaintiff, he advised the client the chances of winning were slim. The employer was so confident it offered $0 to settle the claim. His client nonetheless chose to take the case to trial. Barry executed an aggressive strategy that led to a jury verdict in the client's favor, followed by a real settlement from the employer. 

He is a Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. He regularly provides employment law training to employers, including EEO and wage and hour training. 

Experience
  • Turned a discrimination and retaliation case against a municipality into a six-figure verdict in favor of the municipality on its counterclaim.
  • Won summary judgment against employee’s disability discrimination claim – despite employer’s admission it might be liable for discrimination for laying employee off.
  • Successfully opposed attorney fee request in wage and hour collective action through “best brief” wage and hour plaintiffs’ counsel had ever seen. 
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. Supreme Court
  2. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  3. U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  4. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  5. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  6. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  7. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  8. U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  9. U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  10. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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, 2015-2022)
  • 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
    U.S. Supreme Court Shoots Down COVID-19 Shot-or-Test Rule (Jan 13, 2022)
    COVID-19 Update: The CDC Issues New Isolation Guidance (Dec 29, 2021)
    Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine-or-Test Rule (Dec 20, 2021)
    Sub. House Bill 126: Danger of Potential New Law to Prevent School Districts Ability to Challenge Property Tax Valuations (Dec 15, 2021)
    Ohio SB 229 Gives School Districts Flexibility for Alternative Learning Models (Dec 6, 2021)
  2. Presentation
    "Wage and Hour Claims: The Most Dangerous Game" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
  3. Firm News
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 30, 2021)
    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

"I never forget it’s your hard-earned money at stake."

For more than 25 years, Barry has defended employers of all sizes in litigation and administrative disputes: Wage and hour collective and class actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition and trade secrets, non-competes, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, defamation, privacy rights, and more. Focused on practical solutions, he draws upon creative legal strategies to help clients achieve their objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In addition, clients rely on Barry to provide sensible counseling, strategic advice, and guidance on a broad range of compliance issues. 

Barry has particular strengths defending wage and hour class and collective actions nationwide. In one recent case, he resolved a collective action for hundreds of thousands of dollars below what initially seemed feasible. 

Clients appreciate Barry’s ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their position, honestly assess risks and potential rewards, and develop a practical approach to resolving the claim. Barry does not laud clients’ cases at the beginning, then ‘do a 180’ with a different perspective as the case progresses. His analysis stays steady and consistent. For example, in one case where Barry represented a plaintiff, he advised the client the chances of winning were slim. The employer was so confident it offered $0 to settle the claim. His client nonetheless chose to take the case to trial. Barry executed an aggressive strategy that led to a jury verdict in the client's favor, followed by a real settlement from the employer. 

He is a Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. He regularly provides employment law training to employers, including EEO and wage and hour training. 

Experience
  • Turned a discrimination and retaliation case against a municipality into a six-figure verdict in favor of the municipality on its counterclaim.
  • Won summary judgment against employee’s disability discrimination claim – despite employer’s admission it might be liable for discrimination for laying employee off.
  • Successfully opposed attorney fee request in wage and hour collective action through “best brief” wage and hour plaintiffs’ counsel had ever seen. 

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. Supreme Court
  2. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  3. U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  4. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  5. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  6. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  7. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  8. U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  9. U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  10. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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, 2015-2022)
  • 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
    U.S. Supreme Court Shoots Down COVID-19 Shot-or-Test Rule (Jan 13, 2022)
    COVID-19 Update: The CDC Issues New Isolation Guidance (Dec 29, 2021)
    Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine-or-Test Rule (Dec 20, 2021)
    Sub. House Bill 126: Danger of Potential New Law to Prevent School Districts Ability to Challenge Property Tax Valuations (Dec 15, 2021)
    Ohio SB 229 Gives School Districts Flexibility for Alternative Learning Models (Dec 6, 2021)
  2. Presentation
    "Wage and Hour Claims: The Most Dangerous Game" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
  3. Firm News
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 30, 2021)
    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)