Since the mid-nineties, Stanley L. Friedman’s private practice has focused on white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, trials and appeals. Additionally, Friedman’s practice has also included the defense of all misdemeanor and felony charges against individuals from all walks of life—those who have been arrested for both violent and non-violent crimes.
Friedman has handled criminal cases as diverse as: bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, structuring, grand theft, public corruption, insurance fraud, securities fraud, commodities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, ponzi schemes, and healthcare fraud. As a litigator, he has defended both entities and individuals—from rappers to politicians—to corporations to organizations—to business executives to small company business owners. Most recently, Friedman became involved in the City of Bell, California “corruption scandal” successfully representing the mayor of the city. Similarly, he successfully represented the city manager of the City of Cudahy and a City of Los Angeles Housing Commissioner.
Stanley L. Friedman is highly respected in the legal community for his impressive track record, his broad experience in handling cases on both sides of the legal aisle, and for his many accomplishments and commendations. He is certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Criminal Law and even served as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the State Bar Commission that certifies attorneys as specialists in criminal law. As a federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice, Friedman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California (in Los Angeles), in the Major Frauds Section, and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases. For his work leading a 50-person task force, he was recognized by a Congressional Commission for his successful prosecution of a nationwide insurance fraud scheme. Moreover, Friedman is a Master Member of the elite Los Angeles Criminal Justice American Inn of Court, an organization comprised of Judges, prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers.
Overall, Friedman brings extensive skill and courtroom experience to every case. For that reason, he is often is sought out by web, print and broadcast media as a legal analyst to comment on trending stories dealing with his areas of expertise. He has written for Criminal Law News, been featured in the legal trade, Daily Journal, appeared on such crime series as “American Greed,” and appeared as a guest on National Public Radio. His comments have also appeared in Associated Press, the New York Daily News, Yahoo!, the Los Angeles Times and many others. He also has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC and KTLA; KNX radio and the Le Fame Fatale podcast radio show, among other radio and television shows. Friedman is in the throes of writing his first book on the every day business person and white-collar crime.
Many of his civil and criminal cases have been in the healthcare field. Over the years, Friedman has represented a diverse group of clientele including elected officials, accountants, attorneys, medical doctors, pharmacists, government employees, celebrities, and other individuals in both the public and private sectors. He has a track record, not only of success, but also of dedication to all of his clients.
Likewise, Friedman has handled a wide variety of civil cases, from the filing of lawsuits, through the trial courts, appellate courts and all the way to the United States Supreme Court. For example, starting in 2008, Friedman obtained six injunctions against the United States and the State of California, in various healthcare cases, which has forced the State of California to pay out billions of dollars to healthcare providers throughout the State. One of these cases proceeded to, and was argued at, the United States Supreme Court. In another case, Friedman obtained a $7.96 million verdict against a major insurance company, including $6 million in punitive damages.
Friedman has been rated by national and well-respected rating services and has consistently been rated as one of the top attorneys. He is rated as AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® which is reserved for attorneys at the highest level of professional excellence. Likewise, Friedman is recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters a designation reserved for the top five percent of attorneys. He is one of the Top Attorneys in California according to the Legal Network. Friedman has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. Significantly, in 2012, Friedman was selected as a finalist for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal for its Healthcare Leadership Award.
Prior to founding his own firm in 1995, and after leaving his government posts, Friedman served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable William P. Gray (1985-1986) and as a commercial litigation attorney for Adams, Duque & Hazeltine (1986-1989). Friedman was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1985 and, later, the State Bar of Nevada (inactive status). He also holds memberships in the federal bars of the: United State Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California; and the District of Nevada.
Friedman was an undergraduate student at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he graduated cum laude in 1981 earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was active in both Pi Gamma Mu and Psi Chi Honor Societies. At the University of Southern California (USC), Friedman earned his Juris Doctor. It was at USC that he was a finalist in the Moot Court Honors Program, arguing before Associate Justice (later, Chief Justice) William H. Rehnquist and also placed first in the Client Counseling Competition. He was active the Ross Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.
When not practicing law, Friedman devotes many hours to charitable and worthwhile causes. He is a board member of the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council (serving as Chairman of its Bylaws committee), the Scoutmaster of a local Boy Scouts of America troop, is an Eagle Scout, and is an officer and director of Or HaChaim Hebrew Academy.
Continuing to build a thriving law practice, Stanley L. Friedman also remains a strong community leader. He considers his 23-year marriage and his three children among his most important accomplishments.