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Time and time again, our attorneys have been honored for their legal abilities and ethical standards.

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Powerful Representation,

Individualized Attention

Our firm is committed to providing top-notch defense for all criminal cases. We always give 110% in every case.
This is our promise to you.

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Meet Attorney

Ian Friedman

• Legal Educator & Analyst
• First Ever Ohio Lawyer of the Year
• National Author & Speaker
• Practices throughout U.S. & Internationally
• Decorated & Trusted Attorney
• Recognized Leader in the Legal Community

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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Cleveland

We Offer Solid Defense for Your Time of Need

Those who are criminally charged need an aggressive defender to protect them and restore their quality of life. Cleveland Criminal Attorney Ian N. Friedman and our entire team resolutely defends our clients against their accusers in municipal, state, and federal courts. Throughout our years of practice, our reputation has been established as one of excellence and diligence because of our repeated success.

Just some of the awards and recognitions that make us stand out include:

Our criminal law firm was founded to bridge the gap between large firms and solo practitioners. We deliver the personalized representation of a solo practitioner coupled with the vast resources of a large firm. If you have been charged with a crime, the prosecution has an extensive team of investigators including the police force that is dedicated to building a comprehensive, thorough case against you. You need a team on your side to even the playing field. Our team of professionals has the resources, manpower and all necessary means to provide you comprehensive diligence in representation.

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Local Law Firm with a Global Impact

We are an Ohio firm making a global impact. Having represented individuals and corporate establishments all over the country and as far as Europe and Asia, our firm has a legacy of success that reaffirms our ability to effectively defend clients. Our experience and knowledge retained over years of success as criminal lawyers gives our firm confidence in approaching cases of all sizes. Each case taken on is handled with the same amount of hard work and dedication in order to facilitate positive outcomes.

Distinguished: First Ever "Lawyer of the Year"

Claims of success as a firm can only be demonstrated by results—and the attorneys at our firm have earned recognition as an effect of hard-fought life and death cases. Each of our criminal defense lawyers has been recognized for their excellence in both academic and legal communities.

Our lawyers have their own individual accolades to reaffirm their ability in criminal law. This includes being the first attorney ever recognized as the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year in 2011, as well as repeated recognition as Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars℠.

Attorney Friedman has also been given the President's Award from the OACDL on five separate occasions, has received the Cleveland State University's Distinguished Law Alumni Award in 2011, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's William K. Thomas Professionalism Award in 2010. He was also selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers® list for seven years.

As a result of prestigious courtroom battles, Attorney Friedman was invited at the early age of forty to join the fellowship of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, a prestigious, invite-only organization with only a half dozen members in the State of Ohio and only two hundred members nationwide.

Emphasizing their abilities and determination, all of our attorneys have been individually included in these prominent organizations and recognized for their merit in the work they do. As a team made up of legal professionals recognized and honored nationwide, the firm is a collaboration of some of the most dynamic criminal attorneys in the state of Ohio, nationwide, and in the nations abroad.

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Raising the Bar with Creativity & Collaboration

The legal field of criminal prosecution is one founded upon concrete principles and time-tested strategies. For this reason, an effective means of defending against such prosecution is to use creative thinking and unique resources. Ian N. Friedman and our team are trained to "think outside of the box" in all cases. This approach has resulted in repeated acquittals, dismissals, and reversals . This is the result of years of practicing criminal defense for some of the most complex criminal matter.

Contact a Cleveland Criminal Law Firm with Proven Results

In such serious criminal matters, a defendant has limited hope of success unless their legal representative has developed skills that take them above and beyond other criminal lawyers. Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers stand apart from those at other firms. With a combination of dedication, determination, creativity, and collaboration, our firm has been recognized as an exemplary source of legal service for those in need of criminal defense. People routinely bring ther case to us when their case is too complex or unpopular. There is no case too big or small for our legal team. Many have even turned to us for representation in civil matters due to our extensive trial experience. If we are unable to provide representation in a particular civil case, we can offer a reference for other capable attorneys.

Our firm's boldness has solidified our reputation as a premier source of knowledge and experience. We have been repeatedly sought out for such knowledge—speaking nationwide, providing commentary on important legal issues, serving as legal professors, mentoring other lawyers, authoring books on criminal law, and being published in numerous resources. When a firm is sought out by other lawyers and judges consistently, it is an indication that its attorneys are some of the best in the field. Our firm is chosen time and time again by others in the legal profession due to our ethics and effective manner. We, however, are never satisfied with anything less than perfect, and constantly work to heighten the standards of criminal defense through the cases we handle and resources we put out. We appreciate the people throughout the State of Ohio and nationally who have turned to our team in times of dire need.

If you are looking for criminal defense attorneys with proven skills that can produce results, look no further than our firm. Contact Ian N. Friedman today to discuss your situation!

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THANK YOU for being someone who cares about making this world a better place. Dear Attorney Friedman; I am a resident of Pennington, NJ. I was able to view your interview on YouTube regarding the T.J. Lane case today. I saw you answer the reporter's questions with so much honesty, integrity and feeling, it made me write to you. Never, have I seen such a display of both professional and sincere reaction to a verdict by an attorney. I saw a man who displayed honest dismay and sadness for the situation he had to represent. I spend my middle age life helping others. I live simply, I charge half the going rate for my services because I can. You appear to be a man who takes his skills and experience in a similar manner. I write this to say THANK YOU for being someone who cares about making this world a better place.
- J.R.C.
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