Mr. Ian Friedman is one of the most sought after criminal defense lawyers
in the country. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Friedman has served as chief
legal counsel on behalf of individuals and entities from coast to coast
and as far as Europe and Asia. Mr. Friedman is the Co-Chair of the Firm's
Criminal & White Collar Defense Practice.
Very early into his career, Mr. Friedman earned a fierce reputation for
his skill in the courtroom, successfully taking on cases that were widely
seen as unwinnable. His style is known to be out-of-the-box, aggressive,
and comprehensive. Regularly called upon to teach lawyers, young and old
alike, Mr. Friedman always emphasizes the need for tireless preparation.
That commitment to preparation is afforded every client in every matter.
While no lawyer can promise a result to a potential client in their case,
Mr. Friedman does make a number of promises to each person, their colleagues,
and families when first meeting with them. First, every client is assured
that Mr. Friedman will do whatever he says he will meaning that they will
never hear an empty promise. Second, the client will always have access
to him and his team. The client is able to reach Mr. Friedman by telephone,
computer, or in-person by simply calling the office, his cellular telephone,
or by requesting a meeting with his assistant. Third, Mr. Friedman and
his team of exceptionally talented lawyers will always treat the clients’
case as if it were their own or that of a family member. This outlook
and commitment fuel the intensity behind the effort in each case, whether
it be on behalf of an individual faced with a simple intoxication charge
or a Fortune 500 company defending itself from the government in a complex
Mr. Friedman’s practice within the realm of criminal defense is very
diverse. His clients are in need of service from the initial investigation
through appellate or post-conviction representation. He has tried more
than Two-Hundred and Fifty (250) cases to verdict in municipal, state
and federal courts although Mr. Friedman would rather see his client’s
case successfully resolve prior to ever entering the courtroom and without
any notoriety. There is a great physical and emotional toll taken on a
person and their loved ones when a public prosecution is commenced. Even
if eventually acquitted, people’s reputation, businesses, finances,
and physical well-being are compromised. Recognizing this, Mr. Friedman
and his team of lawyers mount an immediate strategy and attack aimed at
preventing a case from even getting off the ground. Whatever stage the
case, it always goes back to the third promise - Mr. Friedman will handle
the case as if it were his own family members.
As his successes grew over the years, so did the requests for his legal
representation in other areas. Mr. Friedman has been retained to serve
as an expert witness in a number of criminal and ethical disputes. Licensed
professionals including lawyers, doctors, brokers, pharmacists, and nurses
seek Mr. Friedman’s counsel when facing administrative and disciplinary
complaints. Large banks and insurance companies have retained his services
for internal investigative matters. In addition to his legal work, Mr.
Friedman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College
of Law teaching Computers & Criminal Law. He has lectured to lawyers
all over the United States of America, has been published in countless
mediums, and has appeared on several national television programs. Mr.
Friedman’s next publication, Navigating Cybercrime Cases: A Manual
for Today’s Legal Practitioner, is expected to be released in 2014.
Additionally, he has been invited to Rome, Italy this year to teach Italian
Law Students how to most efficiently present a case in court.
Due to the vast increase in prosecutions of computer, internet, and technology
cases, Mr. Friedman and his team have devoted considerable resources to
the defense of such allegations. In this relatively new area of law, case
precedent changes almost daily. Mr. Friedman continually researches the
latest developments, so that along with thorough case analysis and innovative
constitutional interpretation, he and his team can always construct the
legal approach best suited to address the case at hand.
Mr. Friedman is regarded as the driving force and chief architect of the
greatest change to criminal law in Ohio in over Forty (40) years. As a
former president of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
he worked with his colleagues, including those from the defense bar and
representatives of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association to
draft a new version of Ohio Criminal Rule 16, more commonly known as “Open
Discovery.” The new rule was made effective by the Ohio Supreme
Court on July 1, 2010. As a result of his effort, accused persons in Ohio
must now be provided all evidence intended to be introduced by the government
against them at trial.
After his presidency in 2011, he was honored as the first ever “Lawyer
of the Year” by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
He is a former past president of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland
Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA). In 2010, the CMBA honored Mr. Friedman
with the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award for his ethical contributions
and professional conduct in the legal profession. He has been named in
Ohio Super Lawyers since 2009 and was inducted into the prestigious American
Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL) in 2010. The ABCL is an invitation only
fellowship extended to only approximately Two-Hundred (200) of the top
criminal and white collar trial lawyers in the country.