Peter Romer-Friedman

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC

Outten & Golden LLP
 | 601 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 200W
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-847-4400
Fax: 202-847-4410
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Military/Veterans Law (30%)
Attorney Profile

PETER ROMER-FRIEDMAN is Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP Washington, DC, and a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group. He has a diverse litigation practice that focuses on employment discrimination, employee benefits, fair housing, and credit discrimination, at the trial court and appellate levels.  

Mr. Romer-Friedman has served as lead or co-lead counsel in actions that secured over $1.4 billion in monetary relief and groundbreaking programmatic changes to governmental and corporate institutions, including six of the largest USERRA class settlements, two of the largest fair housing settlements, one of the largest credit discrimination settlements, the first LGBTQ employment bias class settlements, and one the largest reported discrimination settlements with an office of the House of Representatives.  

Currently, Mr. Romer-Friedman is leading dozens of class cases that challenge how employers discriminate in advertising jobs on online platforms like Facebook.  In March 2019, Mr. Romer-Friedman was the lead negotiator in a novel multi-case settlement in which Facebook agreed to make sweeping changes to its ad platform to stop employment, housing, and credit advertising from discriminating based on age, sex, race, and other protected classes.  He is also currently the lead or co-lead counsel in eight class or putative class actions challenging the denial of wages, benefits, or jobs to national guard and reserve members.

Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Mr. Romer-Friedman was the Deputy Director of Litigation of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.  From 2009 to 2015, he served as a civil rights and employment class action litigator at another national class action firm.  From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Romer-Friedman was labor counsel to the Senate Labor Committee and its Chairman Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mr. Romer-Friedman clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles, and has taught civil rights law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Romer-Friedman earned his B.A. in economics (with honors) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was selected as a Truman Scholar by the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, served as a managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems, and externed for Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Prior to law school, Mr. Romer-Friedman was a legislative representative and union organizer for the United Steelworkers and he co-founded the Worker Rights Consortium, a non-profit organization that monitors labor rights in apparel factories worldwide.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (30%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer

Class Action/Mass Torts (40%): Class Actions

Military/Veterans Law (30%): Veteran's Benefits

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Class Actions, Veteran's Benefits

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

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About Peter Romer-Friedman

Admitted: 2008, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage: https://www.outtengolden.com/lawyer-attorney/peter-romer-fri...

Honors/Awards:

  • Finalist for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2011
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers (2018), Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Eliot Spitzer Meets Mother Jones: How State Attorneys General Can Enforce State Wage and Hour Laws, 39 Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems 495 (2006), Eliot Spitzer Meets Mother Jones: How State Attorneys General Can Enforce State Wage and Hour Laws,, 39 Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems 495, 2006
  • "Modeling Wage Increases in the Collegiate Apparel Industry", Michigan Journal of Economics, Vol. 16, Issue 1 (2000) (co-authored with Glenn Wright and Adam Levin), Co-author, Modeling Wage Increases in the Collegiate Apparel Industry, Michigan Journal of Economics, Vol. 16, Issue 1, 2000

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A., Major: Economics, Honors: Selected as a Truman Scholar
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Office Location for Peter Romer-Friedman

601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 200W
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-847-4400

Fax: 202-847-4410

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Last Updated: 5/29/2019

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