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New York native Theodore H. Friedman laid the foundation for his 35 years of experience as a practicing attorney with a B.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan. Graduating with honors in 1953, Mr. Friedman briefly held a position with Goldman Sachs prior to entering Harvard Law School. Earning his law degree in 1956, he embarked upon a career as a trial attorney focused on personal injury matters. His early trial work focused on federal cases against shipowners under the Jones Act. Over his distinguished career in law, Theodore H. Friedman has conducted over 200 jury trials to verdict, argued two cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and been counsel in over 80 published court opinions. His success in his Supreme Court cases led to Theodore H. Friedman accepting a position with Phillips Nizer LLP. After a decade with the trial-focused firm, he established his own Manhattan private practice. High-profile clients he has represented over the years include Muhammad Ali, Michael Spinks, and the estate of Jimi Hendrix. Mr. Friedman has also served the legal profession in educational capacities over the decades, notably lecturing on U.S. law at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law in 1978. In the 1980s, he began instructing on trial law with the continuing legal education provider Practising Law Institute. He has also lectured at Columbia Law School in New York City on subjects pertaining to trial practice. In 2002, Theodore H. Friedman accepted an appointment as Visiting Fellow and Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Wolfson College, which allowed him the opportunity of combining study and instruction for a year. Beyond his roles as an attorney and teacher, Mr. Friedman has a strong commitment to international peace efforts. From 1994 to 2010, he focused particularly on finding amicable resolutions to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he has assisted in arranging emigration to Israel for tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews. Theodore H. Friedman also held distinction for many years as one of America’s 100 top trial attorneys through his membership in The Inner Circle of Advocates.

Work experience

Jan 2000Present

Personal Injury Attorney

Private Practice


Sep 1950Jun 1953




Personal Injury Law