Steve Friedman is a first chair dispute lawyer with extensive experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation areas, including construction, financial services and defamation. He also has extensive experience representing Ohio political bodies in municipal and constitutional matters.
For over a decade, Steve has been recognized in Chambers USA for Construction Litigation and in The Best Lawyers in America for both Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation. He also appears in The Legal 500 US and Benchmark: Litigation. He has been listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.
Steve is a Master Bencher and the Treasurer of the John M. Manos American Inn of Court. He serves on the Board of America Scores Cleveland, an inner-city charity focused on soccer and poetry, and was a member of the charter class of the Cleveland Bridge Builders. From 1992-1994, Steve served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable Judge John M. Manos of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Steve is one of the leading construction lawyers in the field of dispute resolution, with particular expertise litigating construction disputes in international arbitration and in domestic courts in the US. These disputes include defending and prosecuting claims on behalf of owners and contractors, including claims related to errors and omissions against design professionals.
For many years, Steve has been listed in Chambers USA for his work representing parties in complex construction disputes, and has received several accolades from Chambers.
In describing the firm’s construction dispute practice, Chambers has stated: “Steven Friedman is the standout name in this talented team. His reputation as a litigator, capable of handling complex, multistate construction disputes of all flavors, continues to grow.” Another edition of Chambers added: “Steven Friedman attracts recommendations as ‘an experienced and incredibly reasonable’ lawyer. He is described as professionally adroit and a ‘terrific representative for his clients.’”
Steve also has substantial experience advising and representing clients in defamation related matters. For the past 20+ years, he has been counsel to a local Cleveland television station. In addition to day-to-day first amendment advice, including story review, Steve has defended the station in numerous cases.