Diana Friedland is a partner at Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.
Ms. Friedland has successfully resolved wrongful termination, wrongful failure to hire, and wage and hour matters in both federal and state court, including claims of discrimination on account of employees' sex, race, age, religion, pregnancy, and disability, as well as claims of failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to properly pay overtime, failure to comply with laws pertaining to criminal background checks, retaliation for complaining about illegalities in the workplace, and failure to provide statutorily mandated leaves of absence.
Ms. Friedland has trial experience at both the federal and state levels, including in unpaid wage, unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest break, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract matters.
Ms. Friedland regularly advises clients on employment law compliance and drafts personnel policies, employee handbooks, and employment agreements, including severance agreements and confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, as well as independent contractor agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Friedland practiced in the labor and employment group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, regarded as one of the best global law firms.
Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Friedland graduated at the top of her class from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and the University of Southern California. She served as a legal extern to the Honorable John T. Noonan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as well as an extern for the United States Attorneys' Office in Los Angeles.
During law school, Ms. Friedland's academic achievements and writing abilities earned her a position on the California Law Review's Board of Editors, and she also served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law (BJCL). The BJCL selected Ms. Friedland's senior thesis, "27 Years of 'Truth-In-Evidence:' The Expectations and Consequences of Proposition 8's Most Controversial Provision," for publication in the Journal's Spring 2009 edition.
In high school, Ms. Friedland was a nationally ranked junior tennis player. Ms. Friedland was ranked the 17th best player by the Southern California Tennis Association in the Girls' 16 and under division. That year, she represented Southern California as the top athlete competing in the United States Tennis Association Zonals competition.
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