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Rebecca Houlding

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Rebecca Houlding is a partner at Friedman & Houlding LLP. She represents victims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment and education, in federal and state courts, and in mediation.

Ms. Houlding has been practicing employment law since 1996. Prior to becoming a partner at Friedman & Houlding LLP, she was Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Joshua Friedman PC. After working with Josh Friedman for nine years, the two teamed up to form Friedman & Houlding LLP.

Before that, Ms. Houlding worked as an Associate with the former Beranbaum Menken Ben-Asher & Bierman LLP, in New York, NY, where she had a diverse employment practice. She previously worked for a civil rights law firm in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Houlding is a 1995 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law. She spent a semester at the Universite Jean Moulin III, in Lyon, France. She is also a graduate of Carleton College, in Northfield, MN. 

She is admitted in numerous federal trial and appellate courts and is licensed to practice law in New York. 

In addition to litigating on behalf of her clients, Ms. Houlding has trained as a mediator with the Harvard Negotiation Institute, as well as the Mediation Center of the Pacific, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she also served as a volunteer mediator, facilitating resolution of employment cases for the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. She serves as a pro bono mediator with the USDC for the Southern District of New York. 

She has been a legal writing instructor at Brooklyn Law School, and taught courses in Employment Law and Lawyering Skills at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. She serves as an Adjunct Professor/Mentor Mediator for clinical students at New York Law School. 

Ms. Houlding grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where she began her legal career in high school, clerking for a prominent civil rights attorney. She solidified her commitment to advocating for civil rights with internships with the Federal Defender's Office in New Haven, and with the Minnesota Justice Foundation in Minneapolis.


JD, University of Minnesota, 1995

BA, Carleton College, 1992

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New York, 1996
Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2019
USDC - EDPA, 1996
USDC - SDNY , 2001
USDC - EDNY , 2002
USDC - NDNY, 2010
USDC - WDNY, 2011
USDC - EDMI, 2014
USDC - WDMI, 2014
USDC - NDIL, 2018
USDC - CDIL, 2019
USDC - DCT, 2023
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

National Employment Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2014

National Employment Lawyers Association - New York Chapter
Member Since: 2003