Philip B. Friedman

Philip B. Friedman

Erie, Pennsylvania

A partner at Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Philip B. Friedman has a well-deserved reputation as a superior trial attorney.  Representing clients throughout Pennsylvania he focuses his practice on federal and state criminal defense and personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  The types of criminal offenses that Mr. Friedman handles include driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, possession and distribution of drugs, and diversion of medication by healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses and dentists.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Mr. Friedman has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations throughout his career.  He is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association and a current member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  His other memberships include the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.  Mr. Friedman is AV Preeminent peer review rated for Martindale Hubbell and has earned a 10.0 “superb” peer review rating through AVVO.

Mr. Friedman attended Washington and Jefferson College and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science in 1975.  He then pursued his legal education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1978.  Admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New York, he is also admitted to practice before numerous Federal District Courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Friedman is also an avid triathlete.  He recently won world championships in his age group at the ITU Sprint World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico (2016) and in Rotterdam, Netherlands (2017).  He placed second in 2018 at the World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.  In 2018 he also won the national title in age group Aquathlon in Miami.

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


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


  • 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