Robert J. "Bob" Friedman

Robert J. "Bob" Friedman


Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 1995

Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Employment Law - Individuals

Tax Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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Robert Friedman practices in the area of ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation. Since 1996, he has been the head of the firm's national Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Practice Group. Mr. Friedman is also co-chair of the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) Practice Group. His clients include private, non-profit and governmental employers.

He is a frequent speaker on employee benefits, ERISA fiduciary matters and pension and tax planning. Mr. Friedman’s practice frequently involves working on matters with Holland & Knight lawyers in other specialty areas, including securities, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, labor, employment and bankruptcy.



Mr. Friedman has extensive experience with all aspects of benefits work, including the design, qualification and drafting of pension, 401(k), profit sharing and other qualified plans, corporate mergers and acquisitions and plan transfers, mergers and terminations, fiduciary matters, executive compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and ERISA related litigation. Mr. Friedman’s practice includes representation of clients in matters with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and other governmental agencies.



Mr. Friedman also has been actively involved with welfare benefit plans, flexible benefit plans and the rules relating to COBRA continuation coverage under such plans. He has experience with the design, implementation, operation and communication of welfare benefit plans, and has been involved with such benefit plans in connection with mergers and acquisitions, reductions in force and other employee terminations and layoffs.



In the area of stock option plans, ESOP’s and other forms of employee ownership, Mr. Friedman’s practice includes developing strategies to achieve employee ownership, creating individually designed plans, and complying with the applicable tax and other statutory and regulatory requirements. His clients in these matters include privately and publicly owned companies.



Prior to joining Holland & Knight as a partner in November 1988, he practiced law in New York and Miami.

Location

  • 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL 33131

Education

  • Trinity College, B.A. Economics, graduated 1977
  • Trinity College, graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • New York, New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey, New Jersey State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Best Buddies International, Inc., Board member; - Executive Board member; Secretary
  • Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce - Member
  • Trinity College Alumni Club of South Florida - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Individuals, Miami (2020)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Miami (2019)
  • Employment Law - Individuals, Miami (2018)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Miami (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Tax Law

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Tax: Employee Benefits, 2009-2013

Publications

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