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Mr. Friedman's legal practice is primarily litigation driven. As a defense attorney in various civil matters, Mr. Friedman has represented a wide array of corporate and professional interests. Mr. Friedman at one time defended the Governor of Alabama in a civil lawsuit, he successfully represented a rival head SEC football coach in a hostile venue (Tuscaloosa), and in another case, he defended a regional airline in the worst air disaster in the history of Alabama. He has litigated a number of cases including personal injury, professional liability, employment, product liability and fraud cases.

Mr. Friedman is a frequent speaker at client seminars and professional organizations. He has spoken and authored articles for the International Society of Explosives Engineers. Mr. Friedman has also lectured for the Alabama Bar Institute and Cumberland School of Law continuing legal education programs. In addition to speaking at legal seminars, Mr. Friedman frequently conducts seminars for clients as part of his firm's relationship with the mining industry. Another area of Mr. Friedman's practice includes a commitment to his firm's clients in various legal negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and regulatory matters.

Mr. Friedman is admitted to practice in all Alabama state and federal courts as well as the United States Eleventh Circuit Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Friedman has litigated in over thirty counties in the State of Alabama and has been admitted, on a pro hac vice basis, to litigate in the States of West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Friedman is a Fellow of the America Board of Trial Advocates and holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest rating for an attorney bestowed by that organization.

As a founding partner of the firm in 1998, my greatest professional honors are not tied to individual accomplishments but the growth of our firm which we measure in reputation, and not size. Our firm has been hired on many occasions over larger and older firms because of our good reputation and track record. Recently we were retained in a mass tort case referred to by in house counsel as "bet the company" litigation. We are honored to be able to provide meaningful litigation experience, practical efficiency, and the ability to deliver results to our clients.  We are cost conscious and goal oriented.

• Multiple defense verdicts in mining, quarrying, and environmental lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

 

• Lead counsel in successful appellate effort to redefine Alabama law pertaining to damages recoverable in mining, nuisance and trespass cases. Birmingham Coal & Coke Company, Inc. v. Johnson, 10 So.3d 993 (Ala. 2008).

 

• Argued insurance coverage interpretation in cases of first impression before the Alabama Supreme Court in matters ranging from environmental coverage to uninsured motorist coverage. Federated Mutual Ins. Co. v. Abston Petroleum, Inc., 967 So.2d 705 (Ala. 2007). Federated Mutual Ins. Co. v. Vaughn, 961 So.2d 816 (Ala. 2007).

 

• Lead counsel in largest environmental lawsuit in Tennessee history and obtained verdict for clients at trial. In re TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY ASH SPILL LITIGATION, 2012 WL 3647704.

 

• Successfully represented Alabama Governor Fob James in retaliation/discrimination lawsuit and obtained summary judgment. Gene Tibbets v. Gov. Fob James, et al.

 

• Successfully represented SEC head football coach and obtained his dismissal from Tuscaloosa County lawsuit. Cottrell v. National Collegiate Athletic Ass'n., 975 So.2d 306 (Ala. 2007).

 

• Named and approved as class lead counsel for statewide class action.
Prince Hagler, et al. v. ALFA Mutual Insurance, et al.

 

• Co-counsel in litigation arising from the worst air disaster in Alabama history and obtained defense verdict at trial on behalf of airline pilot. McGowan v. L'Express, Inc., 26 F.3d 1121 (11th Cir. 1994).

 

• Co-counsel for Bresette family in Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport tragedy involving the death of a child and numerous injuries to family members. Ryan Bresette, et al. v. Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Inc., et al.

 

• Obtained defense verdicts in transportation and trucking lawsuits in venues across Alabama.

• Successfully represented trucking companies in Multi-District Litigation against a major gasoline supplier for breach of contract and fraudulent conduct.

• Appointed as co-lead counsel in nationwide data breach litigation. 

Jeff Friedman has been a long time member of the Cumberland Law School Dean's Advisory Board and serves on charitable organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis. He is a member of Canterbury Methodist Church, is married to Anise C. Friedman and is the proud father of three great children. 


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Areas Of Practice
Trial Litigation
Business Litigation
Professional & Employment Liability
Mining & Explosives Litigation
Environmental Regulations

 

State Bar Admissions
Alabama

 

Education
J.D., Cumberland School of Law,
Samford University
B.A., University of Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Board of Trail Advocates

 

 

National Association of Dealer Counsel