Steven Friedman 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.

    Steve has been listed in every edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 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 has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 for both Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation, as well as in every edition of Ohio Super Lawyers since 2005. He also appears in Benchmark: Litigation. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

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    Steve’s representative construction matters include:

    • Represented Horta Coslada Construcciones Metalicas, S.L. (Spain) in AAA-ICDR arbitration in defense of US$15 million claim related to New York City bridge renovation project. Obtained arbitration award in Horta’s favor after three-week hearing in New York.
    • Represented subsidiary of Gastoductos de Chihuahua (Mexico) in ICC arbitration against American contractor related to US$120 million pipeline project. Obtained favorable arbitration award after four-week hearing in Mexico City.
    • Represent First Solar (US) in ICC arbitration against Chilean parties related to the construction of a US$100 million solar plant project. Obtained favor arbitration award after one-week hearing in Santiago, Chile.
    • Construction counsel for US operations of Valmet (fka Metso) (Finland) related to numerous projects, including construction of biomass power plants in Gainesville, Florida and Nacogdoches, Texas.
    • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of an Ohio School District against contractor related to construction defects on new athletic fieldhouse.
    • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation pursuing errors and omissions claims against architect related to construction of luxury hotel.
    • Other representative construction clients include Valmet (Finland) North America; BP America; The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; the City of Elyria; and the Cleveland Browns Football Club.


    • University of Chicago, J.D., 1992
    • Oberlin College, B.A., 1989


    • Ohio, 1992


    • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of New York, 2013
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit, 2008
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit, 2006
    • U.S. Ct. of Federal Claims, 2006
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio, 2004
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit, 1996
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio, 1994
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