Rich Frey is a seasoned business litigator and trial lawyer who knows when to leverage his client’s advantage to get the best result. Rich has a long track record of high-profile wins in pivotal trade secret and mobility disputes, complex business litigation, and wage and hour class actions. He commands respect from plaintiff’s counsel who know he won’t let his clients be intimidated, and from other law firms who often bring him in to drive home a win. When other lawyers say it can’t be done, he reads the legal landscape and explains risk in business terms to help his clients make critical decisions.
Rich has developed deep experience in trade secret and employee mobility cases involving insurance brokerages, talent agents, banks, and private equity firms. In commercial disputes, Rich represents limited liability companies in contentious breakups involving breach of contract, fiduciary duty violations, or employee ownership claims. Even in the face of multimillion-dollar wage and hour class action claims, clients trust Rich’s proactive and strong approach to either shut down the case early or settle it favorably. Rich is representing the California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) in suing the State of California to invalidate the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The Santa Clara Law Review described this case as the most important challenge to PAGA yet. Rich is advocating for the state to fulfill its constitutional role in enforcing labor laws and not abdicate its responsibility to private attorneys and citizens, which has resulted in thousands of PAGA cases filed each year.