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Jonathan R. Friedman

Partner

Jonathan (“Johnny”) Friedman acts as national counsel, regional counsel and trial counsel for Fortune 500 companies and others in the defense of a broad range of civil litigation, but he is equally adept at prosecuting claims—he has recovered $60+ million in damages for businesses and individuals. Johnny has been recognized for his litigation skills, strategy development and business acumen by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers®, and Martindale-Hubbell®, among other publications. He was inducted as a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, because of his “effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.”

Johnny graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of The Georgetown Law Journal.  

Education

George Washington University, B.A., 1992

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1998
Editor, 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

National Counsel for a global shipping and logistics company for tort and personal injury litigation in the United States.

National Coordinating Counsel for Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, for consumer litigation across the United States.

National Product Liability Counsel for the leading manufacturer of non-powder firearms.

Lead product liability counsel for a paintball marker (gun) manufacturer for cases venued in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina, including two defense verdicts and numerous dismissals. 

Lead counsel for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the successful prosecution of a $70 million fire loss against 18 contractors for, among other things, the use of combustible exterior wall panels, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.  

Lead counsel for KBR in the successful recovery of $34 million in Georgia and Delaware litigation against one of the world’s largest corrugated packaging companies.

Lead trial counsel for a transportation services company in the successful defense of a three-week wrongful death trial in which plaintiff’s last pre-trial demand was $50 million.

Lead counsel for a pipeline owner in the successful defense of a $45 million tort claim involving a pipeline explosion.

Lead counsel for an engineering company in the successful prosecution of an anti-suit injunction in RockTenn CP, LLC v. BE&K Eng'g Co., LLC, 103 A.3d 512, 2014 WL 5304952 (Del. Oct. 16, 2014).

Successful dismissal of a government contractor in two cases arising from wartime accidents in Iraq, see Carmichael v. Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc., 572 F.3d 1271 (11th Cir. 2009), and Whitaker v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., 444 F.Supp.2d 1277 (M.D. Ga. 2006).

Successful dismissal of a class action in Coffey v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-2911-JOF, 2009 WL 2515649 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 13, 2009).

Successful denial of class certification in Roland v. Ford Motor Company, 656 S.E.2d 259 (Ga. App. 2007), cert. denied (March 10, 2008).

Lead counsel for a contractor in the successful summary judgment dismissal from a wrongful death action arising from an accident at a paper mill. 

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® 2017-2019, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants 

Best Lawyers® 2017-2019, Products Liability Litigation - Defendants

Martindale-Hubbell®, Client Distinction Award (2013-2019)

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Civil Litigation Defense (2016-2019)

American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell ®, Top Rated Lawyer, Product Liability (2013-2019)

Corporate America News, Legal Elite - Georgia (2015) 

Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rating 5.0/5.0, with "high ethical standing"

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

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Atlanta Bar Association

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 

Defense Research Institute

District of Columbia Bar Association

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Board of Directors (2014)

Lawyer's Club of Atlanta

Morris Brandon Elementary School Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors (2013-2015)

North Atlanta High School Foundation, Board of Trustees (2010-2014)

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).

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

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

"Product Liability and Risk Management," 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).

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