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, Asia, and South America.
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 federal investigation.
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 (200) defense 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 and in Europe, has been published
in countless mediums, and has appeared on several national television
programs in his expertise. Additionally, he was invited to Rome, Italy
to teach Italian Law Students how to most efficiently present a case in court.
Mr. Friedman’s continued contact with his law students after graduation
made it abundantly clear that the schools were not equipping the prospective
lawyers with the practical skills necessary to most effectively represent
clients in today’s legal world. To help the new lawyers, Mr. Friedman
pitched the idea of holding an annual New Lawyer Bootcamp to the Cleveland
Metropolitan Bar Association. Working together, the first class of new
lawyers graduated from the intensive three-day program in 2013. Mr. Friedman
is extremely proud of this annual event in which more than forty judges,
top lawyers, and professionals join to help the new lawyers better navigate
their way. Mr. Friedman envisions continuing this event for years to come
and hopes it will continue long after he has tried his last case.
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. In 2017, the Cleveland-Marshall
College of Law Alumni Association recognized Mr. Friedman as its Alumni
of the Year. 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