Recognitions and Honors

We are proud of our exceptional record of success at trial. Each of our attorneys is highly skilled, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law are definitely not your average criminal defense law firm.

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, we have achieved a global impact, representing individual and corporate clients locally, throughout the state, and as far afield as in Europe, Asia, and South America. The firm was established with the objective of providing each client with the highest level of professional defense counsel possible. We offer the extensive resources of a large firm and the individualized, responsive service of a smaller firm.

Each of our attorneys and our support staff is focused upon providing client-focused service. As criminal trial lawyers, we have gained a reputation throughout the state and beyond for our outstanding defense case preparation, professional legal skills, and our ability to consistently present a persuasive, well-crafted defense case at hearings or trial. Please read about the recognitions each of our lawyers has received:

Ian N. Friedman's Honors

  • 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Ohio Lawyers
  • 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers
  • 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Ohio Lawyers
  • 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers
  • 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Ohio Lawyers
  • 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers
  • 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2015 The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
  • 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Ohio Lawyers
  • 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers
  • 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Ohio Lawyers
  • 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers
  • 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2012 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2011 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2011 Lawyer of the Year - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, Legal - Cleveland State University Alumni Association
  • 2010 Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • 2010 Champion of Justice Award - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2010 William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2010 Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers List - Inside Business Magazine
  • 2009 Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠
  • 2009 Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers List - Inside Business Magazine
  • 2009 President's Award - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008 Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers List - Inside Business Magazine
  • 2008 Top 20 Professionals - Cleveland Jewish News
  • 2008 Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers
  • 2008 President's Award - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers
  • 2007 President's Award - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006 President's Award - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005 President's Award - Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2001 Outstanding Service - American Civil Liberties Union
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National Lecturers

Members of our attorney team are frequently called upon to lecture on criminal law to students and other lawyers at events and training seminars throughout the United States, and have authored and published many articles on criminal law. We are involved in educating and mentoring attorneys on a range of subjects related to defense law. Mr. Friedman has taught as far as Rome, Italy. There, he taught law students about how to translate American courtroom skills into use in the Italian Justice System.

Improving Legal Standards

Having earned a reputation as one of the most dedicated and successful criminal trial firms in the country, we have been called on to represent other lawyers and judges in criminal proceedings – and these are professionals that know exactly what to look for when retaining counsel. Beyond representing our colleagues in the legal profession, we are fully dedicated to upholding and increasing the standards for all who serve in the justice system, and in protecting the rights of the criminally accused.

As an example of our focus on fair treatment for those facing criminal charges, during the period in which attorney Ian Friedman served as President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he worked to change the rules under which evidence was presented in state courts, to reduce the potential for wrongful conviction. This effort resulted in the passage of new Ohio Criminal Rule 16, also known as "Open Discovery." This new law, which helped to eliminate trials by ambush, became law on July 1, 2010. With Mr. Friedman's initiative leading to a significant change in Ohio criminal procedure, defendants and their attorneys are now entitled to have access to the evidence prior to going to trial. This effort reflects our entire firm's approach to seeking justice for defendants, and is the motivating force behind all that we do for our clients, in each and every case we take on.

Read our answers to the most frequently asked questions

When we represent a client in a criminal case, our promise is to apply our legal knowledge and skills and to give 110% in our efforts to achieve a positive outcome. We are skilled trial lawyers, and we think "outside of the box" when crafting a defense case. We have been known to employ unconventional methods to make a significant point to a jury. We have re-created crime scenes in the courtroom, as an example.

If you are facing charges, contact Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law so that our team can review your case. You can expect our firm to go above and beyond the expected.