Ty Frankel, Shareholder
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Ty Frankel is a Class Action and Employment Law attorney. He is a dedicated class action litigator with significant experience representing workers seeking to recover unpaid wages. Mr. Frankel also represents clients before federal and state courts and agencies in a wide variety of class action and employment law matters and has extensive experience litigating and providing counsel related to wage and hour, equal pay, wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and related claims. He has also investigated and litigated class action matters on behalf of individuals unlawfully impacted by discriminatory and predatory business practices.
Mr. Frankel is committed to ensuring employee rights in the workplace. He represents employees in individual, collective, and class action lawsuits for recovery of unpaid overtime and wages due under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state unpaid wage statutes. Mr. Frankel’s wage and hour litigation practice includes litigating numerous national, regional, and state-wide class and collective actions on behalf of employees seeking to recover unpaid overtime and minimum wage against businesses of all sizes, ranging from local companies to publicly-traded corporations. Mr. Frankel has assisted employees experiencing unlawful wage and hour practices at work, including:
- Representing workers misclassified as independent contractors, independent operators, or independent franchisees who should be receiving benefits as employees, including minimum wage and overtime, because their work is dependent on and controlled by the company they work for;
- Representing salaried workers who are entitled to overtime because the duties they perform are clerical as opposed to managerial in nature;
- Representing sales employees whose commissions, bonuses, and incentive pay should be calculated into their overtime rate;
- Representing employees required to perform work duties off-the-clock before, during, and after their scheduled shifts; and
- Representing employees required to spend time putting on / taking off mandatory protective gear necessary to perform their job without compensation.
Mr. Frankel has navigated cases through each stage of litigation, from the initial case investigation, to filing the complaint, engaging in discovery and depositions, to dispositive motion practice, pretrial procedures, and trial, and all the way through appeal.
Mr. Frankel is proud to have earned significant recognition for his litigation work on behalf of employees, many of whom are minimum wage workers. He was nominated by his peers as a Super Lawyers’ Southwest Rising Star for his litigation practice representing employees. For years, Mr. Frankel has also been asked to serve as a writer and contributor for the American Bar Association Treatise on the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is the federal law mandating minimum wage and overtime for most workers across the United States. He has also been a contributor to the Arizona Republic regarding a wide array of legal issues that arise in the workplace.
Mr. Frankel also has experience counseling employers regarding employment practices that could help companies avoid litigation and through the litigation process, including matters involving wage and hour compensation practices, employment policies, hiring, firing and termination, internal workplace investigations, discrimination and other claims that arise in the workplace.
Mr. Frankel is also active in the community. He currently serves as President of the Board of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, which is the only organization in Arizona that provides pro bono legal services for vulnerable immigrants in detention, many of whom are refugees. He also served previously as Vice President of the Board. In addition to his time serving on the Board, Mr. Frankel has also provided pro bono legal services on behalf of immigrants.
Mr. Frankel earned his law degree from Boston College Law School, graduating cum laude. While there, he was a LEND Fellow at the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he studied legal and public policy concerning children with developmental disabilities. He was also a Student Attorney at the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project, representing clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Court. Mr. Frankel attended his first year of law school at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans where he earned positions on the Loyola Law Review and Moot Court Staff, as well as the Legal Excellence Award in Property and Torts.
Mr. Frankel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in political science and communications. During his undergraduate education, he was an Immigration Intern in the Senate office of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy for several years.
Mr. Frankel is admitted to practice in Arizona and Massachusetts.