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practice accolades

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

Labor-Management Relations & Labor Disputes

Ranked, National Tier 1: Labor Law - Management, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010)

honors + affiliations

Noted in The Legal 500 for Labor-Management Relations (2014)

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Chicago Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)

bar admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Illinois Supreme Court
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Ross H. Friedman

77 West Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601-5094
United States
Phone: +1.312.324.1172
Fax: +1.312.324.1001

Ross H. Friedman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Friedman practices management-side labor and employment law and represents clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues, with a focus on management-union relations, collective bargaining, litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, contract disputes involving grievance arbitration, and related matters.

Mr. Friedman is also active in the representation of employers in discrimination actions arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and related statutes. Mr. Friedman also handles the defense of employers in benefits-related litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and alleged whistleblower claims asserted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Mr. Friedman has advised employers in relation to business reorganizations and corporate transactions. He is active in Morgan Lewis's Workforce Change Practice, which is devoted to the management of employment, labor, and benefits issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, startups, spinoffs, workforce reductions, shutdowns, outsourcing, offshoring, and other types of business restructuring.

Mr. Friedman has authored or co-authored numerous articles addressing a variety of labor and employment law issues, and he is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law, published by the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Friedman received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2001 and his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997.

Mr. Friedman is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Illinois Supreme Court.


  • University of Chicago Law School, 2001, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, 1997, B.S.