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Jeremiah Frei-Pearson is a founding partner of Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber. He is a passionate advocate and an experienced litigator who typically represents consumers and employees in complex cases against corporate wrongdoers. As a result of the victories he has won for his clients, the National Trial Lawyers Association selected Mr. Frei-Pearson as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Frei-Pearson is a member of the Best Attorneys of America, a distinction that is limited to 100 New York lawyers, and he is also designated as Super Lawyer, a distinction awarded to only 5% of the New York Metro Area. Mr. Frei-Pearson practices in federal and state courts throughout the country and his areas of expertise include class actions, privacy, consumer fraud, employment law, and civil rights.
A sampling of Mr. Frei-Pearson’s significant cases includes:
- Appointed co-class counsel in Saint Joseph Health System Medical Information Cases, JCCP No. 4716 (Cal. Sup. Ct.). After more than two years of litigation, the Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of approximately 31,802 data breach victims. On January 14, 2015, the Court denied Saint Joseph’s motion for summary judgment. The Court of Appeals upheld the Court’s summary judgment and class certification decisions. On February 4, 2016, the Court finally approved a settlement valued at approximately $35 million. This settlement, which was reached on the eve of trial, provides the more money per capita to individual class members than any other known data breach settlement.
- Appointed co-class counsel in Zellagui v. MCD Pizza, LLC, No. 14-cv-1475 (E.D. Pa.). The Court certified a Pennsylvania state law class and conditionally certified a FLSA class of pizza delivery drivers who alleged minimum wage violations. The Court then entered judgment of $4.5 million for the delivery drivers.
- Appointed co-class counsel in Bellaspica v. PJPA, LLC, No. 13-3014 (E.D. Pa.). The Court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss and granted conditional certification of an FLSA class of pizza delivery drivers who alleged minimum wage violations. The parties recently reached a class settlement and Plaintiffs anticipate moving for preliminary approval shortly.
- Appointed co-class counsel in Miller v. Fresh, No. 14-0880 (Mass. Suffolk Cty.). State-wide class action alleging that Fresh unlawfully collected consumers’ personal identification information. On July 15, 2015 the Court certified a class and granted final approval to a settlement.
- Appointed co-class counsel in Miller v. Patagonia, No. 14-0888 (Mass. Suffolk Cty.). State-wide class action alleging that Patagonia unlawfully collected consumers’ personal identification information. On February 9, 2015 the Court certified a class and granted final approval to a settlement.
- Counsel to the Plaintiffs in D.G. ex rel. Stricklin v. Henry, No. 08-cv-074 (N.D. Okl.). In this class action to reform Oklahoma’s foster care system, the Court certified a statewide class of Oklahoma’s foster children (an opinion that was affirmed by the Tenth Circuit). As a result of this litigation, Oklahoma has committed to restructuring its state foster care agency to eliminate dangerous practices (such as an unsafe shelter where babies in state custody disproportionately suffered fractured skulls), and improve measurable outcomes for children in state custody.
- As counsel in Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie, No. 99-3678 (D.N.J.), worked with the state agencies, a federally appointed monitor, and the Court to help ensure implementation of a consent decree to reform New Jersey’s foster care system. Among many other significant achievements under the consent decree, New Jersey broke a record for adoptions achieved, significantly reformed supervision procedures that were inadequate, and substantially increased the percentage of foster children who subsequently attended college. Mr. Frei-Pearson continues to be involved in this litigation in a pro bono capacity.
Mr. Frei-Pearson is a District Leader in White Plains, where he serves as Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee For People With Disabilities. He graduated from Skidmore College, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Stanford Law School, where he was a Public Interest Fellow and served as Senior Symposium Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Mr. Frei-Pearson previously worked as a partner in the class action department of Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C.; at Children’s Rights, a national not-for-profit, which litigates on behalf of foster children; and at Kaye Scholer LLP, a multinational law firm headquartered in New York City.