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Jonathan R. Friedman


Jonathan (“Johnny”) Friedman serves as lead trial counsel in a broad range of high-exposure civil matters in federal and state courts across the country, including class actions, construction litigation, product liability matters and complex tort litigation. AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, Johnny has been recognized for his litigation skills, strategy development and business acumen by clients and legal publications, including The National Law Journal, Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers Magazine, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®, Law & Politics and Atlanta magazineHe lectures on trial strategy, trial evidence and emerging legal issues. 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 represents and counsels individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies, including, Genuine Parts Company, KBR, Kinder Morgan, Layne, Mercedes-Benz and UPS, among others.

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


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

Designated one of three “Core Counsel” across the nation for tort litigation by a global shipping and logistics company.

Successful defense of numerous automobile manufactures in more than 200+ breach of warranty lawsuits filed in Georgia, Florida and other states, including trials and appeals.

Co-lead counsel for a luxury casino in the successful prosecution of a $70 million loss involving construction and engineering design claims.

Lead trial counsel for a global shipping and logistics 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 a construction company in the successful recovery of $34 million in Georgia and Delaware litigation.

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

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).

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

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 government contractor in a class action styled 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 against an automobile manufacturer in a class action styled Roland v. Ford Motor Company, 656 S.E.2d 259 (Ga. App. 2007), cert. denied (March 10, 2008).

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® 2017-2018, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants 

Best Lawyers® 2017-2018, Products Liability Litigation - Defendants

Martindale-Hubbell®, Client Distinction Award (2013-2016)

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Civil Litigation Defense (2016-2017)

American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell ®, Top Rated Lawyer, Product Liability (2013-2016)

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

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)

News & Publications

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).