Peter Romer-Friedman

Peter Romer-Friedman

Counsel
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia
Phone:
(202) 847-4400
Fax:
202-847-4410
Email:

PETER ROMER-FRIEDMAN is Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP Washington, DC, and a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group.  He primarily represents employees in cases challenging discrimination based on military service or status, sex, sexual orientation, race, and disability.  Since 2009, Mr. Romer-Friedman has served as lead or co-lead counsel in actions that secured more than $1.4 billion in monetary relief and important programmatic changes to governmental and corporate institutions, including the three largest reported veterans’ employment class action settlements.

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 Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.  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 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was selected as a Truman Scholar. 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 co-founded the Worker Rights Consortium, a non-profit organization that monitors labor rights in apparel factories worldwide.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Class Action
  • Discrimination

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education

  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: James Kent Scholar
    • Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Law Journal: Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems, Managing Editor
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. cum laude - 2001
    • Honors: in Honors
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Social Science

Published Works

  • Modeling Wage Increases in the Collegiate Apparel Industry, Michigan Journal of Economics, Vol. 16, Issue 1, 2000
  • 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
  • How an Employee's Military Service or Status Can Be the Basis for Discrimination, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, 2018 - Present
  • SuperLawyers Rising Stars, District of Columbia, 2014 - 2018
  • Finalist for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2018 - Present
  • Finalist for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles, Law Clerk

Languages

  • English (Primary)