Harold J. Friedman

Harold J. Friedman: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Harold represents corporations and individuals in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including director and officer liability, antitrust and construction defects. Harold is often retained by international insurers to "parachute in" as trial counsel in catastrophic loss cases just days or weeks before trial. Likewise, he frequently represents product manufacturers in serious injury matters involving heavy machinery, firearms, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and toys.

    Harold successfully represented the Government of Mexico and migrant Mexican farm workers against the leading egg producer in the United States in a landmark class action matter alleging race discrimination and civil rights violations. A former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, he now defends complex white collar criminal charges, including matters involving the sales of weapons to foreign nations and the importation of biological material.

    Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Harold operated his own practice as the founding partner of Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf. Harold has tried over 100 cases to juries throughout the United States. Over three decades later, trying the highest profile and most complex cases is still his passion. He was honored to be one of just 500 lawyers worldwide inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
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Biography

Harold represents corporations and individuals in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including director and officer liability, antitrust and construction defects. Harold is often retained by international insurers to parachute in as trial counsel in catastrophic loss cases just days or weeks before trial. Likewise, he frequently represents product manufacturers in serious injury matters involving heavy machinery, firearms, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and toys.

Harold successfully represented the Government of Mexico and migrant Mexican farm workers against the leading egg producer in the United States in a landmark class action matter alleging race discrimination and civil rights violations. A former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, he now defends complex white collar criminal charges, including matters involving the sales of weapons to foreign nations and the importation of biological material.

Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Harold operated his own practice as the founding partner of Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf. Harold has tried over 100 cases to juries throughout the United States. Over three decades later, trying the highest profile and most complex cases is still his passion. He was honored to be one of just 500 lawyers worldwide inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

A native of Detroit, Harold lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, Mary Mitchell Friedman, an attorney. His daughter Sara, an aspiring singer and actress, is a student at the Tisch School of Performing Arts in New York. Harold has two grown children, Anna, a litigation paralegal in Boston, and Douglas, a former professional hockey player. He also enjoys reading about foreign affairs and tries his hand at skiing, fly-fishing and golf.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
under Litigation: General Commercial
Selected as one of the Top 100 by New England Super Lawyers
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Portland, Maine Personal Injury
Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation, Personal
Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyersunder
Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Business Litigation and General
Litigation
Named a Local Litigation Star for Insurance, Product Liability and White Collar
Crime by Benchmark Litigation

Highlights

Selected as one of the Top 100 by New England Super Lawyers.
Admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Local Litigation Star in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

News

February 26, 2018
Verrill Dana Attorneys “Recommended” for Litigation; Two Listed among Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

November 18, 2015
Nine Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

November 4, 2014
Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

November 4, 2013
Two Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized as Among the Best in New England
Press Releases
Harold J. Friedman, Karen Frink Wolf

Events

May 11, 2017
Mock Crisis Management Part III
Speaking Engagements
Harold J. Friedman

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Litigation & Trial
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar & Government Enforcement
  • Product Liability & Mass Tort
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4780  Phone
(207) 253-4781  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/hfriedman
University Attended:
Wayne State University, B.A., 1965
Law School Attended:
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1968
Year of First admission:
1970
Admission:
1976, Maine; 1970, Connecticut; 1970, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; 1970, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 1973, New York; 1974, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 1976, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; 1993, U.S. Supreme Court; 2006, Massachusetts; 2007, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; 2010, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
Memberships:

Memberships

International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Product Liability Advisory Council
International Association of Defense Counsel
Northern New England Defense Counsel Association
Federal Court Advisory Panel for the Implementation of the Civil Justice
Reform Act

ISLN:
907254803
Hobbies & interests:
A native of Detroit, Harold lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, Mary Mitchell Friedman, an attorney. His daughter Sara, an aspiring singer and actress, is a student at the Tisch School of Performing Arts in New York. Harold has two grown children, Anna, a litigation paralegal in Boston, and Douglas, a former professional hockey player. Harold travels, between trials when he can, to the Tuscan region of Italy. He also enjoys reading about foreign policy, cooking, skiing, fly-fishing and golf.

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