Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Bradley D. Ross, General Counsel

Bradley D. Ross serves as General Counsel to the firm.  Mr. Ross previously practiced employment law and business litigation, served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Court system, has appeared as a Los Angeles area radio commentator on employment issues, and has been the subject of features in local and national legal publications.  He is the co-author of the Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP Employment Law Bulletin, which is periodically issued to clients, lawyers, and interested members of the community

Mr. Ross has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list in "Employment Law" (2010-2012, 2014-2017), a designation bestowed on only the top 5% of lawyers in this region.

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Brinkley v. Public Storage, Inc. 167 Cal. App. 4th 1278 (2008) -- Made new law regarding California requirements  for meal  and rest breaks, as well  as wage statements.
  • Lee Myles Associates Corp. v. Paul Rubke Enterprises, Inc., 557 F.Supp.2d 1134 (S.D.Cal. 2008) – Achieved dismissal  of action for alleged breach of licensing agreement, trademark  infringement and  unfair competition,  making new law regarding the disgorgement of profits under California’s Unfair Competition Law
  • Pike v. Public Storage Companies, Inc. ARB No. 00-072, ALJ No. 1998-STA-35 (ARB Aug. 10, 1999) – Successfully defended claim brought under  the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.
  • Hamid v. Price Waterhouse, et al. 51 F.3d 1411 (9th Cir. 1995) – Obtained  dismissal  of claims against Emirate of Abu Dhabi in an international banking dispute involving close  to one hundred parties.
  • Citibank v. Crowell, Weedon & Co., 4 Cal. App. 4th 844 (1992) – Represented broker-dealer in dispute regarding stolen bearer bonds.
  • Cacciaguidi v. Superior Court, 226 Cal. App. 3d 181 (1990) – Represented broker-dealer in action for abuse of process  and conspiracy.
  • Won summary judgment and successfully represented Fortune 500 client in meal and rest break class action litigated to the California Supreme Court.
  • Represented casino in defeating certification of class action involving thousands of class members. Developed unique defense strategy that was later adopted by other casinos.
  • Successfully defended national retail store operator in wage and hour class action litigation.
  • Represented national law firm in obtaining summary judgment on significant employment discrimination claims.
  • Successfully defended Fortune 500 client in $30+ million software patent infringement claim.
  • Represented nationally known franchisor in defeating action brought by a majority of the franchisees in a "bet-the-company" case seeking dissolution of the franchise agreements.
  • Created and coordinated the implementation of numerous reductions in force and plant closings for national companies.
  • Obtained highly favorable settlement for a nationally known retailor following the destruction of its corporate headquarters due to construction defects.
  • Obtained restitution in NASD securities fraud action on behalf of internationally renowned actors.
  • Successfully represented marina operator in development dispute and environmental contamination action involving the Sacramento Delta.
  • Obtained $10+ million judgment on behalf of a bank in connection with loan dispute.

Presentations & Publications

  • "Family Medical Leave Act: Leave Administration and Reasonable Accommodation Seminar" | Human Resources Managers of a prominent international food services company | June 2014

Media Coverage