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Eric F. Long, Esq.

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A chance encounter between Eric Long and Ian Friedman in the early part of 2015 led to Mr. Long joining the firm shortly thereafter. The attorneys crossed paths in a hallway and stopped as they looked familiar to one another.

A brief discussion revealed that Mr. Long was a law student in Mr. Friedman’s Cybercrime class at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law years earlier. Mr. Long explained through further discussion that upon graduation, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he accepted a position as a litigator handling a diverse range of cases. They decided to work together on some criminal cases and the rest is history.

Prior to joining Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., Mr. Long served clients in varying criminal matters as well as in commercial, employment, civil rights, education, personal injury, product liability and construction litigation cases. This diverse practice has lent itself well to his current position with the firm. Oftentimes, clients present with complex cases that involve civil or administrative aspects that are “quasi-criminal” in nature.

The firm has always recognized that utilizing the civil process could help defeat or mitigate the existing criminal investigation or prosecution. Accordingly, Mr. Long brings his wealth of legal knowledge as a dynamic not routinely seen in criminal defense firms. By way of example, Mr. Long would handle the professional licensing board proceedings for a doctor being criminally prosecuted or the Title IX hearing for a college student accused of sexual misconduct.

Mr. Long’s experience within these different realms is an extraordinary benefit to the firm’s clients as it arms the defense with greater information.

Mr. Long’s criminal practice includes municipal, state, and federal representation of clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-indictment investigations to post-conviction work. While licensed in Ohio and Illinois, Mr. Long will accompany his clients to courts and hearings across the United States. Approximately half of the clients in need of Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.’s assistance are located outside Ohio.

As the firm culture encourages, Mr. Long remains firmly committed to public service within the legal and general communities-at-large. In 2016, he accepted an invitation to join The Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court as an Associate. A year earlier, he was also the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He also lectures to local attorneys on topics related to Cyber Security, technology, and modern case investigative techniques.

Mr. Long Is an Active Member of:

  • The American Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
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EDUCATION

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law - Juris Doctor 2009 - Cleveland, OH
  • Miami University - Bachelor of Science, Majors: Finance and Environmental Science 2006 - Oxford, Ohio

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., Attorney - January 2016 - Present

Attorney

  • Advise individuals and entities during criminal, cyber and white collar investigations.
  • Provide defense representation to clients at all stages of criminal prosecutions in state and federal courts across the United States.
  • Provide representation to clients in all stages of administrative and quasi-criminal proceedings.
  • Provide representation to students accused of violations of the student code of conduct and sexual misconduct.

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA, Cleveland - February 2015 – December 2015

Associate Attorney

  • Handle a diverse caseload representing parties in state and federal litigation arising out of criminal, personal injury, employment matters, and commercial matters.
  • Attend arraignments, case management conferences, motion practice, and hearings.

Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C. - August 2009 – January 2015

Associate Attorney

  • Sat second chair in a Federal Court civil jury trial. Presented the opening statement, examined witnesses and argued motions and jury instructions to a successful end.
  • Handle a diverse caseload representing parties in state and federal litigation arising out of personal injury, employment matters, civil rights actions, products liability and construction defects.
  • Attend mandatory arbitrations, case management conferences, status conferences, motion practice and hearings.
  • Draft and argue motions ranging from routine motions to substantive motions to dismiss and for summary judgment.
  • Attend mediations and pre-trial settlement conferences and negotiate settlement with opposing counsel.
  • Taken and defended over 100 party, fact and expert witness depositions.
  • Prepare pretrial memorandums and motions in limine.
  • Meet and confer with clients regarding status and litigation strategy.
  • Perform site and product inspections relating to personal injury and products liability matters.
  • Additional federal court experience through pro bono efforts on behalf of pro se litigants.

BAR ADMISSION

  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeal, Sixth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Board of Directors – 2017 – Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • John Manos Inn of Court
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

HONORS

  • Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Star – 2019
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 – Criminal Defense
  • 2015 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service presented by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS

  • The Castle Doctrine & Jury Instructions: It’s Not Just For Intruders Anymore, Attorney at Law Magazine, Cleveland Edition, Vol. 2 No. 6.
  • Gender-Based Violence is Not the Only Epidemic: False Claims Create Real Victims, Attorney at Law Magazine, Cleveland Edition, Vol. 2 No. 10.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Small & Solo Expo, Ethical and Effective Business Development: The Value of a Good Story, Independence, Ohio, September, 2015.
  • 2016 Geauga County Bar Association Law Day, Miranda: More than Words, Newbury Township, Ohio, April 2016.
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Terrific Tuesday Program, Cleveland, Ohio, February, 2017.
  • Miami University Pre-law Program Guest Lecturer - Oxford, Ohio, 2017 and 2018

Award-Winning Criminal Defense Representation

  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2019
  • AVVO
  • Super Lawyers
  • American Board
  • American Bar Foundation
  • OACDL
  • ACLU
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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