Recent News Coverage
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law
April 6, 2021
A Bail Project employee is suing the city of Cleveland and police officers over his arrest last year, saying his Downtown residency exempted him from the curfew order imposed after the May 30 demonstrations and rioting.
April 6, 2021
A community activist has accused the city of Cleveland and several police officers of civil-rights violations, claiming that he was arrested twice on the same day without probable cause in the aftermath of downtown riots last summer.
March 21, 2021
Ohio's expanded "Stand Your Ground" law goes into effect on April 6. "We used to hear that it was the castle doctrine. So, it just had to be from your home and then your car. Now there is no limit," said Cleveland criminal defense attorney Ian Friedman. "It can be anywhere where you may be approached, anywhere where you may feel that fear that you or someone else is facing great bodily harm or death."
Cleavland.com - Former Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy Sues Department, Akron Police Over Firing
March 11, 2021A former Summit County sheriff’s deputy sued the department and Akron police on Wednesday, accusing authorities of mishandling an investigation into rape allegations and pinning other charges on him because he is Black.
Akron Beacon Journal - Former Summit County Sheriff Lieutenant Sues Sheriff, City of Akron
March 11, 2021
A former Summit County Sheriff lieutenant found to have been selectively prosecuted because of his race has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff’s office and the city of Akron. Antonio Williamson alleges discrimination and wrongful prosecution and termination in his lawsuit filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Akron. He is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
February 26, 2021
The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay a Euclid woman $35,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a police officer who sprayed pepper spray in her face during the George Floyd protests at the Justice Center on May 30. Attorneys said in filings this week that the case had been resolved in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. A second federal lawsuit involving the officer, John Kazimer, for his actions that day is pending.
Little Detours Podcast - Ep. 53: Ian N. Friedman On Creating a New Life
February 17, 2021
Cleveland Criminal Defense lawyer Ian N. Friedman got a new grip on life after he lost his arm in a motorcycle accident. The moment he hit the guardrail and flew 100 feet has been with him every day since June 17, 2011. The metal tore through his neck and severed the nerves to his arm. He calls it the best thing that happened to him.
January 26, 2021
Eight months after the downtown riots, a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against six Cleveland Police officers and the city. A downtown Cleveland resident says he was profiled and arrested by police while walking to pick up groceries the day after the riots at 4:17 p.m. He was never actually charged with a crime until one week after his arrest. Attorney Eric Long says that alone should raise questions, “I think it’s reasonable to question whether the decision a week later was in an effort to clean up the mess that they (police) had made.”
November 17, 2020
Two Miami University students that filed suit against the university after being suspended for COVID-19 guideline violations have been reinstated by a judge. Miami suspended the students after one of them was cited for a noise violation at an off-campus house party. "Our concern was if our clients were not able to actually finish the coursework or take the finals if we prevailed in the lawsuit, at the end of the day, there’s nothing to be done to make up for that work lost,” said Long.
November 17, 2020
On Tuesday, an Ohio judge ordered Miami University to "immediately reinstate" two students who had been suspended until the end of the year for violating Miami's student code of conduct related to COVID-19. "I'm thrilled that the students are going to be able to avoid the harm of forfeiting the semester," said Eric Long, one of the attorneys representing the students, identified by the pseudonyms "Jane Roe" and "Jane Doe."
November 17, 2020
When the owners of the Barley House bar sued the state last month over coronavirus-related restrictions, they chose not to file in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court just around the corner. Instead they teamed up with the pizzeria chain Cameo Pizza to file suit more than 65 miles away in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Attorney Eric Long said that because Cameo Pizza operates in Erie County and the losses it says it suffered from being shuttered in the early days of the pandemic and the restrictions placed in Erie County, it was able to initially file the suit there.
The Miami Student - Two Students Sue Miami Over COVID-19 Related Suspension
November 15, 2020
Two Miami University students filed a lawsuit against the university over their suspension for hosting a party in August. Attorney Eric Long said he has filed a motion for the students to be reinstated at Miami for the duration of the case.
“Miami is coming down very heavy handed,” Long said. “I don't know if it's because of the national response to that one party where people had COVID and were kind of broadcasting it. But in any event, they seem to be taking an approach that is extremely heavy handed and unfortunately jeopardizing the future of a lot of students.”
Akron Beacon Journal - Judge Will Hear Former Summit Sheriff Lieutenant’s Discrimination Claim
July 28, 2020
Four white Summit County sheriff’s deputies who improperly used a law-enforcement database for personal reasons faced no criminal charges while an African American sheriff’s lieutenant found to have committed the same offense is being prosecuted. A hearing will be held next week to decide if Lt. Antonio Williamson, who was fired from his job, is being selectively prosecuted.
“The law does not permit prosecutions based upon race or other discriminatory considerations,” said Attorney Ian Friedman.
July 28, 2020
A Cleveland patrolman is the subject of a second lawsuit that accuses him of using excessive force during the George Floyd protests at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center on May 30. “This case perfectly highlights why there is such distrust toward police departments,” said a statement by attorneys Ian Friedman and David Malik, who brought the case.
Court TV - New Charges Against Chad Daybell
July 1, 2020
Attorney Ian Friedman recently provided commentary on CourtTV regarding the new charges against Chad Daybell and insight into how he would approach this trial.
June 29, 2020
A man has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court stating he was assaulted by Cleveland Police Officer John Kazimer during a May 30 violent protest. Attorneys Ian Friedman and Madelyn Grant are among the attorneys that filed the suit. “This lawsuit is necessary to curb the ongoing and systemic abuse inflicted by some members of the Cleveland Police Department,” Friedman said.
June 29, 2020
Ryan O’Connor, a protester who marched in Cleveland against police brutality, sued the city Monday alleging that he was a victim of what he demonstrated against. “This case highlights the need for meaningful police reform at so many levels," said a statement by attorneys Ian Friedman, David Malik and Madelyn Grant, who represent O’Connor.
June 25, 2020
Cleveland city prosecutors are dropping charges against Anthony Body, a Bail Project staffer that was arrested for breaking Downtown curfew despite living and working there. Eric Long, Body’s attorney, said he expects prosecutors could dismiss charges against other defendants arrested in the wake of the demonstrations and curfew.
June 25, 2020
After statements he made during a June 16 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association virtual panel discussion moderated by Attorney Ian Friedman, the head of the group that represents Black Cleveland police officers wants to make clear that he is not calling for the police department to be defunded.
Ohio State Bar Association - Exercising Your Right to Protest
June 16, 2020
The right to peacefully assemble and join fellow citizens in protest is so fundamental to American democracy that it is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Attorney Ian Friedman explains your rights as a protester and what to do if they are violated.
June 16, 2020
The president of the union representing Cleveland’s black police officers said that police wield too much power and reforms including the defunding of police and the rolling back of laws that shield officers from some civil lawsuits “need to be looked at.”
“The community is making demands, and they want change, and we’re not listening to it,” Montague said Tuesday during a virtual panel discussion hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and moderated by Attorney Ian Friedman. “I know officers aren’t going to like it, but we need to be held accountable.”
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Hot Talk: Black Leadership and The Cleveland Police
June 16, 2020
Attorney Ian Friedman served as the moderator for an additional monthly session of Hot Talks, which was put together after the overwhelming response to the CMBA's June session: Police, Protests and Justice. The topic was Black Leadership and the Cleveland Police and the panel included the Administrator for the Cleveland Office of Professional Standards, Roger C. Smith, Esq., and the President of the Cleveland Black Shield Association, Sgt. Vincent Montague.
June 9, 2020
Kareem Henton, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cleveland, said that he felt that the time was ripe for more substantive changes following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and heavy-handed police responses to marches and demonstrations. “If there is change coming and we can be part of that change, we’d like to be,” Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association attorney Joseph Delguyd said.
The pledge came during an hour-long panel discussion about police accountability and reforms that was hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and moderated by Attorney Ian Friedman.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Hot Talk: Police, Protests, and Justice
June 9, 2020
Attorney Ian Friedman served as the moderator for Hot Talks, CMBA's open forum designed to create a productive dialogue about the most important issues facing our region. This monthly session included vital discussions with law enforcement and Black Lives Matter leadership about finding a just and peaceful future. Topics include the role of collective bargaining in police response, and changing culture within departments.
News 5 Cleveland - Cleveland Lawyers Seek Justice Reform & Equal Access To Justice
June 4, 2020
After protests over racial inequities in policing erupted in violence in Cleveland last weekend, there is a new effort by Northeast Ohio attorneys to hold officers accountable and create equal access to justice. Ian Friedman, President of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, said the nonprofit has long committed to supporting the black community and protests, but now is the time to take committed action.
Best. Podcast. Ever. - Special Episode – Truth to Power – Meet Ian Friedman
June 3, 2020
After taking part in the protests in Chagrin Falls, Alex Gertsburg sits down with attorney and president of the Cleveland Bar Association, Ian Friedman to discuss the George Floyd murder, the resulting protests, riots, and the changes that need to happen within the criminal justice system.
Geauga County Maple Leaf - Rally for Justice in Chagrin Canceled Due to High Tensions
June 1, 2020
When sophomore Chase Tuller organized a “Rally for Justice” in Chagrin Falls Village for June 2, he had hoped to rouse dialogue around race issues and police violence, both in the country and within his community. However, what he had not anticipated was some of the rallies elsewhere turning violent, causing people to raise safety concerns around future rallies such as his — which has since been canceled. “I was very pleased to see that a young man would take the initiative to move forward, to see the need for this sort of rally and then actually follow through on it, and call it in a place that he thought it needed to be heard,” said Friedman, who was one of the featured speakers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter event in Cleveland.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - CMBA President Ian N. Friedman, Esq. Speaks At "I Can't Breathe" Rally in Downtown Cleveland
May 30, 2020
“There is no longer a sideline to stand on. If you choose to remain silent from this moment forward you are complicit. You are responsible in part should another life be taken merely because of the color of one’s skin.” Ian N. Friedman
May 18, 2020
Courts across the country are facing a daunting task as they look to restart jury trials. A recent attempt to hold a trial in Ashland County during April and early May showed how easily a trial can go wrong. "We have to have all of this decided before we bring people into the courtrooms because if we make a single mistake in the room, if we realize mid-trial that, hey, maybe we should have done something different, the consequence could be grave. Someone could die," Attorney Ian Friedman said.
Louie b. Free Radio Show - Attorney Ian Friedman Interview
May 14, 2020
Attorney Ian Friedman appeared on the Louie b. Free Radio Show, Brainfood from the Heartland. He discussed some of the experiences he has had throughout his career as well as his recent work with the Ohio Jury Trial Advisory Group preparing procedures and recommendations for resuming jury trials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crestline Man's Jury Trial Amid Coronavirus Sparks Controversy
May 5, 2020
The jury trial of a Crestline man in Ashland County Common Pleas last week didn’t last very long before it was postponed, but the fact that it happened at all has generated controversy and made national headlines. This case should not have gone forward for a number of reasons,” Attorney Ian Friedman said.
May 5, 2020
A defense attorney has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to stop an Ashland County judge from trying for a second time to hold what’s believed to be the nation’s first jury trial during the coronavirus pandemic after the first attempt resulted in the defendant being rushed to the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association President Ian Friedman said the one day of jury selection raised several procedural alarm bells.
Cleveland.co m - Businesses That Adapted for Coronavirus See Long-Term Benefits to Remote Employees: Working at Home
April 23, 2020
Ohio’s order closing non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic forced many companies to adapt to having employees working from home. Attorney Ian Friedman, a partner at the Friedman & Nemecek in Cleveland and president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, expects his law firm will offer more opportunities for remote work moving forward.
Columbus Alive - Confronting the Coronavirus Threat in Ohio’s Correctional System
April 17, 2020
With cases of COVID-19 spiking among the incarcerated, activists, attorneys and politicians are looking at ways to reduce overcrowding and slow the virus’ deadly spread. “It’s a tremendous issue on a number of fronts. Obviously, these folks are prisoners, but they still have the right to be safe, and the right to be protected,” said Ian Friedman.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Ohio Supreme Court Tolling Order
April 6, 2020
Attorney Brad Wolfe represented the Criminal Defense Bar in a recent webinar with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The topic was recent legislative and judicial tolling of time requirements in Ohio.
March 20, 2020
A Cuyahoga County grand jury decided not to bring felony charges against a Cleveland police recruit after a woman accused him of sexual assault in University Heights. His attorney, Madelyn Grant, said that she is thankful the grand jury did not indict Patterson.
March 16, 2020
CMBA President Ian Friedman and CMBA CEO Becky McMahon have taken significant steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Akron Beacon Journal- Former Summit Sheriff’s Deputy Acquitted of Sexual Battery Charges
March 11, 2020
Attorneys Ian Friedman and Brad Wolfe received a Not Guilty verdict for their client, former Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Antonio Williamson, who was accused of sexual assault of a woman while on an off-duty job.
Cleveland, OH Local News - African Americans to Benefit Most From Cleveland Eliminating Penalties for Low-Level Marijuana Possession
February 12, 2020
Findings in a recent study by cleveland.com revealed that African Americans in Cleveland are more likely to be charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana than white people are. “I’m not surprised that more African Americans are cited than any other demographic, but I am surprised to the degree,” said Friedman, a criminal defense attorney.
January 28, 2020
After securing a not-guilty verdict for a client who was caught with 91 pounds of suspected marijuana, Attorney Ian Friedman explains why the state couldn’t prove the substance wasn’t hemp. Watch the video for more information.
Court TV - FL vs Bonilla: Zombicon Murder Trial
January 9, 2020
Attorney Ian Friedman recently provided commentary on CourtTV regarding the mass shooting at Zombicon and approaching trial of the suspect.
Star Beacon - Former North Kingsville Police Chief Sentenced
December 19, 2019
Nathan Houser, former North Kingsville police chief, has been sentenced to one year of community control, almost a year after he was charged, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office. "We appreciate the professionalism of the Attorney General’s office in seeking a just and expeditious resolution as well as the thoughtful disposition imposed by the Court,” Friedman said.
December 05, 2019
"It was past 10 p.m. on a weeknight in the summer of 2016 when Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Partner Ian Friedman ’97 arrived at the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center for a meeting with Bresha Meadows that would change his life."
October 29, 2019
Ian N. Friedman discusses the Cuyahoga County Justice Center project and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's exclusion from the steering committee.
October 29, 2019
Cuyahoga County Public Defender Mark Stanton says inmates at the Cuyahoga County jail are denied proper access to their attorneys. Restricted visiting hours, a lack of privacy, over-booked visitation scheduling and time limitations for in-person visits contribute to the problem, Ian Friedman said.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - The Power of One
Read here to see more on President, Ian Friedman's Inauguration Speech on Friday, June 7th 2019.
Cleveland Jewish News - Ian Friedman Discusses Philosophy, Perspective and More
June 21, 2019
Ian Friedman, managing partner of Friedman & Nemecek in Cleveland, discussed his philosophy and perspective as a lawyer in a June 14 interview with the Cleveland Jewish News at his downtown office.
Crain's Cleveland Business - Diversity is Top Priority for New Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association President
June 9, 2019
For the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's new president, Ian Friedman, the coming year will involve continuing efforts surrounding diversity and inclusion, and putting action behind those words.
Crain's Cleveland Business - CMBA Taps Ian Friedman for Next President
April 23, 2019
Among its next class of officers, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has announced that its president for the 2019-2020 year will be Ian Friedman.
April 8, 2019
A Cuyahoga County judge on Monday placed professional boxer Adrien Broner on probation after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in a June attack of a woman at a downtown Cleveland nightclub. Broner’s attorney, Ian Friedman, said in a statement that the two were “very pleased” to put the matter behind him.
Akron Beacon Journal - Former Summit Sheriff’s Lieutenant Accused of Rape Sued by Alleged Victim
March 20, 2019
An Akron woman who has accused a former Summit County sheriff’s lieutenant of sexually assaulting her filed a lawsuit this week against her alleged attacker. Ian Friedman, one of Williamson’s Cleveland attorneys, is confident his client will prevail.
The News Gazette - Second Ex-Student Sues UI Over Outcome of Sex-Assault Case
March 8, 2019
Attorney Eric F. Long defends his client's right to due process in a contentious case against the University of Illinois.
Star Beacon - Lawyer for Ex-North Kingsville Chief Vows to Fight
January 29, 2019
The lawyer for the ex-North Kingsville police chief said the former officer has “truth” on his side and plans to fight criminal charges against him. “Mr. Houser is entering a plea of not guilty,” said Ian Friedman, Houser’s lawyer. “The charges will be fought for as long as it takes to have Mr. Houser exonerated.”
January 15, 2019
Ian Friedman and other guests discuss the news that medical marijuana is coming to Ohio. How will this work for doctors, patients, and the state? How will Marijuana be recommended and for whom?
January 10th, 2019
Under Ohio law, drivers are allowed to have a small amount of marijuana (less than 2 ng/ml THC in blood or less than 10 ng/ml THC in urine) in their system and legally operate a car. "Not everyone with marijuana in their system is necessarily operating while intoxicated, particularly if they have a medical marijuana card," said lawyer Ian Friedman.