Paul Friedman specializes in conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies and audit committees, many of which are global in scope, and focus on alleged price fixing by cartels and corruption issues. He co-chairs the firm’s FCPA + Anti-Corruption Task Force and frequently represents clients in government investigations.
He also specializes in defending class action litigation—particularly securities, antitrust, and consumer cases—in courts across the country. In his 30+ years with the firm, Mr. Friedman has represented a wide range of companies, including some of the largest global companies, audit and special committees, individual directors and officers, venture capital firms, investment banks, and law firms. He is a frequent speaker on the FCPA, securities litigation, cross-border litigation, and internal investigations.
Mr. Friedman was recognized in BTI Consulting Group's Client Service All-Star Team 2006 and 2010 surveys for consistently delivering superior client service. Mr. Friedman has also been recommended in the 2007–2014 Best Lawyers in America directories for Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Antitrust and has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in California for 2004–2013.
Mr. Friedman was the chair of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board, a group of senior lawyers appointed from throughout the Ninth Circuit by the chief judge. He was chair of the 2003 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and was also chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee of the 2003 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He served as program chair of the 2002 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Mr. Friedman was chair of the lawyer representatives of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from the Northern District of California from 1998–2000. In 2002, the bench and bar of the Northern District of California honored him with the Public Service Award in recognition of his service to the court.
Mr. Friedman joined Morrison & Foerster in 1982 and became a partner in 1986. He has served as deputy chair (1987–1990) and chair (1990–1993) of the firm’s Litigation Department. He is chair of the Morrison & Foerster Foundation; a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Compensation Committee, and board of directors; and is a vice president of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association. He also serves as a board member for Equal Justice Works, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, and Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Mr. Friedman was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of California, Berkeley. He was also awarded the University Medal, the highest undergraduate honor at the university, presented to the most distinguished student in the graduating class.