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Jonathan R. Friedman


Johnny Friedman's practice focuses on appeals, commercial litigation, complex tort litigation and product liability. He has litigated and resolved cases involving commercial loss, wrongful death and mass disasters in courts throughout the United States. 


George Washington University, B.A., 1992

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1998; editor of The Georgetown Law Journal

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative Experience

Defense of government contractor in cases arising from wartime accidents in Iraq, including the landmark decision of Carmichael v. Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc., 572 F.3d 1271 (11th Cir. 2009).

Defense of aviation manufacturers, FBOs and others in aircrash litigation across the United States, including mass disasters such as LAPA Flight 3142 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the landmark economic loss decision of Indemnity Insur. Co. of North America v. American Aviation, Inc., 891 So. 2d. 532 (Fla. 2004). 

Prosecution and defense of high-exposure construction litigation, subrogation matters and business disputes, including a multi-million dollar judgment in a commercial fraud case.

Defense of manufacturers and others in consumer litigation and class actions throughout the United States, including the denial of class certification in Roland v. Ford Motor Company, 656 S.E.2d 259 (Ga. App. 2007), cert. denied (March 10, 2008).

Defense of manufacturers and others in catastrophic tort and product liability litigation throughout the United States.

Representation of executives, models, singers and an Indycar champion in business and intellectual property litigation.

National product liability counsel for a leading paintball marker (gun) manufacturer.

Awards & Recognitions

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. LCA selects Fellows "based upon effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation." 

Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award (2013) 

The National Law Journal, Top Lawyer, Georgia (2013)

Law & Politics and Atlanta magazine, Rising Star, Georgia (2009) 

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Civil Litigation: Defense (2009)

AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

District of Columbia Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Lawyer's Club of Atlanta

Board of Directors, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Legal Task Force, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA)

Board of Trustees, North Atlanta High School Foundation

Board of Directors, Morris Brandon Elementary School Foundation, Inc.

News & Publications

“Compliance with Regulations Does Not Shield Manufacturers from Liability,” SGMA In Brief (May 23, 2012) - Co-author.

In-House Counsel and the Privilege Problem” (Atlanta Bar Association March 1, 2012).  Co-author.

“Exercising Caution After the Big Verdict in Barnhard v. Cybex International, Inc.,” SGMA In Brief (Jan. 4, 2012). Co-author.

Co-author, "Aviation Law: A Survey of Recent Trends and Developments," 61 Mercer Law Review 2 (2010).

"The Use and Admission of Other Incident Evidence at Trial," Georgia ICLE Trial Advocacy Seminar (Nov. 8, 2008).  Co-author.

"A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing - Other Accident Evidence in Aviation Litigation," 73 Journal of Air Law & Commerce 441 (2008).  Co-author.

"Trial Practice and Procedure," Annual Survey of Georgia Law, 58 Mercer Law Review 405 (2006).  Co-author.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mobile Devices and Distracted Driving: Law, Science and Solutions,” WWHGD CLE Workshop (Nov. 7, 2012).

“Special Questions on the Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel” (Atlanta Bar Association CLE March 1, 2012).

"Dealing with Evidence," Aviation Litigation Seminar, American Conference Institute (ACI) (June 22, 2010).

"Risk Management," Paintball Extravaganza (February 6, 2009; September 17, 2009; February 10, 2010 and September 15, 2010). 

"Legal Sherpa: Guide to Managing Tort Claims and Cases, and Reimbursing Medicare, under New Medicare Rules," WWHGD Webinar (September 25, 2009).

"Recent Aviation Law Developments Impacting Georgia Law and Practice," Aviation Law Seminar, State Bar of Georgia (Oct. 25, 2007).

"E-Discovery and Record Retention" delivered to various insurers at Lloyd's of London (June 2007).

"Product Liability and More: Don't Gamble with Your Business - Limiting the Down Side," Machinery Dealers National Association 6th Annual Convention and Business Meeting (May 8, 2006).

"Reducing Warranty Costs Through Smart Warranties and Warranty Drafting," Warranty Chain Management Conference 2006 (March 1, 2006).

"Gorilla Tactics: Trial Practice in Fulton County Courts," Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (March 4, 2005).