Rick Friedman

Rick Friedman

Trial Lawyer

Trial Guides is proud to have Rick Friedman as one of its authors. Rick built his reputation representing people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government agencies. He handles cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts.

Rick started his career in a small town in Alaska as a lawyer with no staff, where he developed a love for studying the books and transcripts of great trial lawyers. He built his career representing the poor, the injured, and the mistreated, sharing with jurors the truth about their injuries and what caused them. His trial method is to present the truth to the jury, and to effectively counter defense tactics to distort the truth. He has developed methods for clearly showing jurors how defendants have broken the rules which protect all of us. Lawyers all over the country now ask him for help in trying their cases.

Among Rick’s landmark cases are Myrick v. Mastagni, believed to be the first case in California holding a building owner liable for injuries sustained in an earthquake, and Robinson v. State Farm, which exposed State Farm using phony doctor’s reports to deny claims. He has obtained four verdicts in the past fifteen years which LawyersUSA ranked in the top ten verdicts of the year. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Rick handles a variety of cases, including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group that limits its membership to one hundred of the leading trial lawyers in the country. He is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the author of four bestselling legal books for Trial Guides: Rules of the Roadâ„¢, Polarizing the Case, Rick Friedman on Becoming a Trial Lawyer, and Winning Medical Malpractice Cases. These books have revolutionized how thousands of lawyers try their cases. He is licensed to practice in Alaska, Washington, and California, but also regularly appears pro hac vice in other state and federal courts around the country.

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  • Antioch College, B.A.,1976
  • Harvard University, J.D., 1979

Legal and Professional Associations

  • Inner Circle of Advocate, member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers