Theodore H. Friedman’s Career as a Manhattan Litigation Attorney

With a career as a New York litigation attorney extending to the late 1950s, Theodore H. Friedman has represented a number of prominent clients in precedent setting liability and personal injury cases. As a young attorney and Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Friedman notably represented DeLima v. Trinidad Corp. (302 F.2d 585), which was decided in 1962 before the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit. In this personal injuries case, he successfully sought recovery of damages on behalf of a seaman injured while working as crew, utilizing the Jones Act as a basis for his argument.

Theodore H. Friedman’s work at the federal court level attracted attention from prominent members of the New York legal community. While arguing Fitzgerald v. U.S. Lines, (374 U.S, 16) in the 2nd Circuit Court, he was observed by renowned trial lawyer Louis Nizer. Mr. Friedman was subsequently recruited to the law firm Phillips Nizer, LLP as trial lawyer and Partner. During his time with Phillips Nizer, he was featured in a Calvin Trillin New Yorker article.

Next establishing a Manhattan private practice, Theodore H. Friedman focused on representing the plaintiff’s side in commercial and civil cases. His successful efforts included representation of asbestos victims and carpet retailers suing manufacturers for defectively manufactured padding product. In 1993 he achieved a jury award of $50 million in a case involving a southern France auto accident, in which an American citizen was the driver. Mr. Friedman has achieved several other multi-million dollar verdicts throughout his years as trial counsel, which have been written up in the New York Law Journal and New York Times.

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