Mr. Phillip E. Friduss

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Phil Friduss is a Partner in the Atlanta office, with strong practice ties to the Firm’s six (6) Georgia regional offices.. His practice focuses on the defense of high exposure cases in the areas of governmental liability, labor and employment, education, and correctional health care. Over a span of 29-plus years, Mr. Friduss has had the pleasure of representing over 200 public entities.

For the success of his team, Phil has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine all 14 years such designations have been made, and has also been an honored member of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite in the area of labor and employment law. For over 15 years, he has been AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Friduss has been a member of the Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee for over 15 years, serving as its Chairman 2012-14. Phil is a national level speaker and author. His legal column, Towns and the Law, appears monthly in Georgia Municipal Association’s flagship print publication, Georgia Cities.


•2(B), or Not 2(B) - Show Me Your Papers Survives to See Another Day, DRI Today (2016)
Today’s Cprrectional Healthcare World, White Paper 2017
Municipal Courts’ Practices Involving Incarceration of Indigent Defendants Under Fire, 2016 ACCG Annual Meeting
Georgia’s Wistleblower Act as Applied to Local Governments, 62nd Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys, 2015
•Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities legal columnist since 2011
A Legal Fight, for Freedom: The Dred Scott Decision, For the Defense 2011
Defending the Indefensible: Racial Profiling Hits the Courts, For the Defense, 2000
ADA UPDATE: Supreme Court Rejects “Ability to Perform Job Tasks” Standard in Favor of Focusing on a Claimant’s Ability to Perform Activities of “Central Importance to Daily Life - numerous publications
•The Telecommunications Act of 1996, For the Defense, DRI, December 2008
•Public Entities and Public Officials’ Liability Under 42 U.S.C. 1981 and 1985
Justices Give the War on Drugs a Significant Boost: The Year in the Fourth Amendment, 29 The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State and Local Government Law 787-93 (1997)
Update on Fourth Amendment Search Cases: The New and Confused Framework, 28 The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State and Local Government Law 679-700 (1996)
•National and Local Speaking Engagements every year since 1996 (DRI; ABA; Georgia ICLE, ACHSA; USLAW; Texas Bar Association; among others)


•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite
•Super Lawyers 2003-2018


•National and Local Speaking Engagements every year since 1996 (DRI; ABA; Georgia ICLE, ACHSA; USLAW; Texas Bar Association; among others)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Education
  • Governmental Liability
  • Labor & Employment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Belmont College, B.A., 1983
Law School Attended:
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
1990, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; 1989, Georgia


•Chairman (2012-14), Defense Research Institute's Governmental Liability Committee
•Co-Chairman, ABA's Committee on Civil Rights Liability, 1998
•Chairman, ABA Sub-Committee on Civil Rights/First Amendment Liability, 1997
•Defense Research Institute's Governmental Liability Committee since 2000
•Member, Senator Paul Coverdell's Crime and Law Enforcement Task Force, 1998-2000


Peer Reviews

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Atlanta, Georgia

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