Jeremiah Frei-Pearson

Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP
One North Broadway, Ste 900
White Plains, NY 10601

Jeremiah Frei-Pearson is a founding partner of Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber. He is a passionate advocate and an experienced litigator who represents consumers and employees in complex cases against corporate wrongdoers.  Mr. Frei-Pearson practices in federal and state courts throughout the country and his areas of expertise include class actions, employment law, consumer fraud, privacy, and civil rights.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Frei-Pearson was an associate with Kaye Scholer LLP, a multinational law firm, and a staff attorney with Children’s Rights, a national public interest law firm representing children in foster care.  Mr. Frei-Pearson received his B.A. from Skidmore College, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 and he earned his J.D. in 2003 from Stanford Law School.  While in law school, Mr. Frei-Pearson was a Public Interest Fellow and served as Senior Symposium Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

A sampling of Mr. Frei-Pearson’s significant cases includes:
  • Appointed class counsel in Hanna v. CFL Pizza, LLC, No. 05-2011-CA-52949m (Fl. Cir. Court).  On September 3, 3013, the Court granted final approval of a settlement that created a substantial settlement fund for pizza delivery drivers who alleged violations of the Florida Minimum Wage Act.
  • Appointed co-class counsel in Zellagui v. MCD Pizza, LLC, No. 14-cv-1475 (E.D. Pa.).  The Court certified a Pennsylvania state law class and conditionally certified a FLSA class of pizza delivery drivers who alleged minimum wage violations. The Court then entered judgment of $4.5 million for the delivery drivers.
  • Appointed co-class counsel in Saint Joseph Health System Medical Information Cases, JCCP No. 4716 (Cal. Sup. Ct.).  The Court denied Saint Joseph’s demurrer and the Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.  On November 19, 2014, the Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of 31,802 data breach victims.  On Januaruy 14, 2015, the Court denied Saint Joseph’s motion for summary judgment and ordered a July 6, 2015 trial date.
  • Appointed co-class counsel in Bellaspica v. PJPA, LLC, No. 13-3014 (E.D. Pa.).  The Court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss and granted conditional certification of an FLSA class of pizza delivery drivers who alleged minimum wage violations.
  • Counsel to the plaintiffs in Barkley v. Pizza Hut of America, Inc., No. 14-cv-376 (M.D. Fla.).  The Court denied defendant’s motion to compel arbitration.  This is a very significant victory for employees who seek to vindicate their rights in court rather than in individual arbitrations. The Court has stayed the litigation while the parties mediate.
  • Appointed co-class counsel in In re, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litig., MDL No. 2357 (D. Nev.).  In this MDL on behalf of 24 million data breach victims, the plaintiffs successfully defeated Zappos’ motion to compel arbitration and defeated a separate motion to dismiss; plaintiffs have also won several discovery motions.  The Court has stayed the litigation while the parties mediate.
  • Counsel to the Plaintiff in D.G. ex rel. Stricklin v. Henry, No. 08-cv-074 (N.D. Okl.).  In this class action to reform Oklahoma’s foster care system, the Court certified a statewide class of Oklahoma’s foster children (an opinion that was affirmed by the Tenth Circuit).  As a result of this litigation, Oklahoma has committed to restructuring its state foster care agency to eliminate dangerous practices (such as an unsafe shelter where babies in state custody disproportionately suffered fractured skulls), and improve measurable outcomes for children in state custody.
  • As counsel in Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie, No. 99-3678 (D.N.J.), worked with the state agencies, a federally appointed monitor, and the Court to help ensure implementation of a consent decree to reform New Jersey’s foster care system.  Among many other significant achievements under the consent decree, New Jersey broke a record for adoptions achieved, significantly reformed supervision procedures that were inadequate, and substantially increased the percentage of foster children who subsequently attended college.  Mr. Frei-Pearson continues to be involved in this litigation in a pro bono capacity.

Mr. Frei-Pearson has received numerous awards for his legal work, including the New York City Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for his work on death penalty cases, a citation from the New York City Council for his child advocacy work, and the 2010 Palomountain Award from Skidmore College.

Mr. Frei-Pearson is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of New York.