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Clifford Freed


Email: cfreed@frankfreed.com

Legal Asst: Nancy French

"I like helping people in difficult times. It's rewarding to be able to use my experience to work with a client to realistically inform his or her perspective, and then provide reasonable and attainable options. And of course, getting great results, whether through negotiated settlements or litigation, is especially satisfying."

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Clifford Freed

Cliff represents employees in most matters relating to their employment, including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. He has significant experience representing executives and professionals in both contract formation and contract disputes. In addition, Cliff represents many of Frank Freed's union clients, while also providing employment advice to a number of non-profit and charitable institutions, as well as several small businesses.

Cliff devotes a substantial amount of time serving as a mediator and arbitrator in employment and other disputes, including matters arising under collective bargaining agreements. Cliff has also served as an independent investigator for employers and various federal agencies.

Client Comments about Cliff:

"When I needed legal support to assist in a 7 figure claim against a previous employer, I was fortunate to retain Mr. Cliff Freed to assist. Cliff provided solid and measured advice that enabled me to successfully settle the claim without having to undergo litigation or incur long protracted legal costs. I was completely satisfied with the very positive outcome of an emotional and trying personal event."

Senior Corporate Executive

"Cliff is an extraordinary attorney who exceeded all my expectations. Not only did I come to respect his deep expertise in employment law, but his ability to accurately predict my employer's negotiating strategy and his ability to position us for maximum relief. This point was made particularly clear to me when someone at my employer mentioned to me that Cliff was well known and well respected by my employer's internal and external counsel."

Corporate Executive


J.D. – Seattle University School of Law ( cum laude); Managing Editor of Law Review
B.A. – Brooklyn College

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Professional & Civic Involvement

Cliff lectures on a variety of subjects before bar and professional groups, employer associations and unions. He was a contributor to the 1998 supplement to Lindemann & Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law, the leading treatise on the subject, and is the author of two chapters in the Employment Law Deskbook, published by the Washington State Association for Justice.

Cliff is also a former Chair and Trustee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the King County Bar Association, serves as a member of the Federal Pro Bono Screening Committee, and is a member of the Washington State and American Bar Associations.

He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, is perennially named a "Washington Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics Magazine, and has been included in the "SuperLawyer Top 100." He has been listed in Washington CEO magazine as a "Top Lawyer" in Washington. In 2013, Cliff was named Puget Sound Region "Lawyer of the Year" in Labor Law by Best Lawyers in America. Cliff is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

In addition to his employment law, mediation and arbitration practice, Cliff serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law where he has taught Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, and Legal Writing courses.


When Cliff is not working, he can be found fine-tuning his golf game, traveling and spending time with his two children, Molly and Brennan. A native of Brooklyn, Cliff moved to Seattle in 1975.