Jared Friedmann is counsel, elected partner effective January 1, 2017, in Weil’s Litigation Department, where his practice focuses on a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including matters involving class actions, contracts, fiduciary duties, employment discrimination, ERISA, copyright, trademark, civil RICO, insurance, appeals, and electronic discovery issues. He has represented and counseled both public and private clients in the banking, insurance, manufacturing, on-line commerce and telecommunication industries in both state and federal courts and in arbitration.
Mr. Friedmann is a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and has received numerous awards for his pro bono work, which has focused on helping disadvantaged children and children with disabilities. Mr. Friedmann also represented an indigent client in a federal civil rights action and received a jury verdict in his clients’ favor.
- Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (D.N.J.; Federal Maritime Commission) – Defending the Port Authority in multiple litigations involving claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
- Alibaba Group Holding Limited (S.D.N.Y.; D. Ariz.; S.D. Fla.) – Defending Alibaba in multiple federal court litigations involving claims alleging contributory trademark infringement.
- Bank of America Corporation – Defending Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in multiple employment matters concerning its Financial Advisors.
- Tyco Electronics v. State of New York (N.Y. Court of Claims) – Obtained one of the largest settlements ever against the State in the Court of Claims as plaintiffs' counsel in breach of contract action against New York State arising from the largest contract ever entered into by the State of New York.
- Spinedex v. United Healthcare of Arizona (D. Ariz.) – Obtained summary judgment dismissing putative ERISA class action by chiropractic provider and plan participants alleging that benefits were improperly denied as “experimental and unproven.”
- International Biometric Group, LLC v. Intrepid Solutions and Services, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) – Defeated motion for TRO by a competitor prohibiting Intrepid, a leading biometrics company, from participating in a bid for Department of Defense contract, involving allegations regarding misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants.
- McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch & Co. (N.D. Ill.) – Successfully obtained order denying class certification for Merrill Lynch in purported nationwide class action by sixteen financial advisors alleging race intentional discrimination and disparate impact in hiring, promotion, compensation, account distribution and teaming.
- Malchow v. Oxford Health Plans (D.N.J.) – Successfully obtained stay of all proceedings as lead counsel in putative class action arising from claims concerning failure to pay reasonable and customary amounts set forth in underlying insurance policies.
- Bischoff v. Frank Brunckhorst Co. and Boar’s Head Provisions (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – Defended privately held companies and certain owners in action alleging breach of contract and fiduciary duties. Secured very favorable settlement.
Mr. Friedmann has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine from 2014-2016.
Mr. Friedmann received his B.S. from Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
From 2004-2005, Mr. Friedmann clerked for the Honorable Colleen McMahon in the Southern District of New York.