Philip B. Friedman

Philip B. Friedman

Location:
Erie, Pennsylvania
Phone:
814-240-3339
Fax:
814-455-1572
Email:

Philip B. Friedman has been practicing law since 1978. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as well as numerous other federal appellate and district courts. He is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association. He is also a former chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Phil is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2004-2015, an honor earned by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania as voted by their peers.

In his free time, Phil trains for triathlons and aquathlons. Phil won gold medals in the Aquathlon Age Group World Championships in Edmonton in 2014 and in Chicago in 2015. He also won silver medals in the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton and in Chicago. In 2013 he won the national championship in age group sprint triathlon and a bronze medal in the Sprint Age Group World Championship in London. In 2013 he was also ranked number one in the United States in triathlon for his age group. In 2016 he won the gold medal in the Sprint Age Group World Championship in Cozumel, Mexico. Phil is a member and former president of the Erie Triathlon Club.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Homicide by Motor Vehicle
  • Drug Cases
  • Homicide
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Death Cases
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Federal Civil Cases
  • Federal Criminal Cases
  • Professional Disciplinary Actions
  • First Amendment Cases

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • CLE Courses, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1985 - Present
  • CLE Courses, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1987 - Present
  • CLE Courses, Erie County Bar Association, 1983 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Member, Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, 2002 - 2008
  • Erie County Bar Association, President, 1997
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chairman, 1994 - 1995
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Vice Chairman, 1993 - 1994
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chairman, Rules Committee, 1992 - 1993
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chairman, Rules Committee, 1995 - 1996
  • Judicial Evaluation Commission, Member, 1997 - 1998
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, Task Force on Civil Justice Coalition, 1999 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Master, 1996 - 2002
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Zone 7 Governor, May 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Erie County Bar Association LAVA Program, 1985 - Present
  • Erie Day School, Board of Trustees, 1998 - 2005
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, Board of Corporators, 1990 - 1995
  • Erie Millennium Commission, 2000 - 2001
  • Erie Triathlon Club, Member and Former President