Harold J. Friedman - Verrill Dana LLP

Harold J. Friedman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

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. 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.

Wayne State UniversityBA 1965Boston University School of LawJ.D. 1968
International Academy of Trial LawyersProduct Liability Advisory CouncilInternational Association of Defense CounselNorthern New England Defense Counsel AssociationFederal Court Advisory Panel for the Implementation of the Civil Justice Reform Act

Office Location

One Portland Square
P.O. Box 586
Portland, ME 04112-0586
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the Portland-ME Metro Area
Harold J. Friedman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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