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Spotlight on New York Trial Attorney Theodore H. Friedman

December 4, 2012

Recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in New York City, Theodore H. Friedman enjoys a reputation among his colleagues as a highly adept and ethical attorney who possesses an obvious passion for his work in the courtroom and community. Holding more than three and half decades of professional experience, Friedman spent much of his early career at Philips Nizer LLP, a prominent law firm based in Manhattan known for providing its clients with actionable counsel of the highest caliber. The keen understanding of personal injury law Friedman developed as a Harvard Law School student served him well over the course of his decade-long tenure at Philips Nizer and continued to do so in the coming years when he opened his own practice in Manhattan.

Acting as either trial or appellate counsel in thousands of cases since the early 1970s, Theodore H. Friedman maintained both of these roles in Nallan v. Helmsley-Spear, a suit that established seminal legal opinion regarding landlord liability for third party violence against tenants or guests. As trial and appellate counsel for DeLima v. Trinidad Corp., Friedman leveraged his extensive understanding of the Jones Act to win a judgement in favor of the plaintiff, a seaman suing his employer for damages related to a serious injury incurred while on the job. Representing a teenager who sustained brain damage as a result of a terrible car accident in Penson v. Rosenberg, Friedman convinced the jury to award his client $50 million, a verdict that was subsequently covered in a New York Times article.

Outside of his many successes in the courtroom, Theodore H. Friedman applies his legal expertise to advocate for peace in the Middle East and raise awareness of the challenges faced by Ethiopian Jews attempting to migrate back to Israel. Although he recently celebrated his eightieth birthday, Friedman continues to remain active in his vocation and undertakes pro-bono work whenever his schedule allows.

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