Paul D. Friedman

Paul D. Friedman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

O’Steen & Harrison, PLC
 | 300 West Clarendon Avenue, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: 602-252-8888
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Paul is a member of O'Steen & Harrison, PLLC.  He joined the firm in 1996, and practices in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, traumatic brain injury, ethics, professional malpractice, and defective products.  He currently instructs health care providers and students in the medical and legal fields.  He is also a Designated Real Estate Broker in the State of Arizona.  Paul is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker, writer and expert in the area of ethics and bioethics. 

He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 (B.A. with High Distinction), where he was admitted to the academic honorary society Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from California Western School of Law in 1989 (Juris Doctorate Cum Laude).  He served as an editor of the California Western Law Review-International Law Journal and was the chief editor of the California Western Directory.  He received a master's degree in bioethics in 2004 (M.A. in Bioethics), where he graduated with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Friedman also received a Doctorate of Philosophy in 2006 (Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude), where his dissertation was entitled "Morality and Ethics:  An Analysis of Medical Legal and Business Ethics from a Casuist Perspective". Paul was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1989 (section member of trial practice; employment and labor law), the State Bar of Colorado in 1992, the District of Columbia and the Federal Bar in 2004.  He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Arizona, the United States District Court of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. 

He is a member of the: American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Trial Advocatcy; American Association for Justice (section member of toxic, environmental and pharmaceutical torts and health care sections dealing with traumatic birth injuries and traumatic brain injuries); National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association; Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers; The American Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Trial Lawyers); Arizona Trial Lawyers Association; American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University; American Society for Law, Ethics and Humanities; and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.    

Paul is rated "AV-Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubble (highest rating) "Superb 10.0/10.0" by AVVO (highest rating).

Paul is Certified by the National Board of Trial Specialty Certification as a Civil Pre-Trial Advocate and a Civil Trial Advocate.  He is Certified by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation.  He is also a Certified Instructor, Certified Forensic Consultant® and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners® with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

White Papers

  • An Expert's Honor Is Not An Oxymoron (2014) - An expert must be unbiased, ethical and honorable.

  • A New Professionalism for Arizona Attorneys: The Elimination of "Zealous" Representation with the Foundation of Civility and Fairness (2012) - This law review article addresses the role of civility and professionalism when dealing with adverse parties and their counsel.

  • The Ethics of Witness Preparation (2008) - Article regarding the ethics of witness preparation and professional conduct during discovery.

  • Win-At-All-Costs Litigation: States Re-Consider the Damage Done By "Zealous" Representation (2008) - Article on the ethics of "zealous" representation.

  • Certificates and Credentials

    About Paul Friedman

    Admitted: 1989, Arizona

    Professional Webpage: http://www.vanosteen.com/lawyers/paul-friedman.asp

    Honors and Awards:

    • Who's Who in America, 2001
    • Who's Who of Professionals, 1996
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 1985

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Re-Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2015
    • Certified Instructor by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners by the American College of Forensic Examiners instittute, 2014
    • Certified Forensic Consultant by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Re-Certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2012
    • Certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2012
    • Re-Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2010
    • Re-Certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2007
    • Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2005
    • Re-Certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2002
    • Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1997

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Perfromance Review for Maricopa County Superior Court, 2016
    • City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board, 2015
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission - Maricopa County, 2014
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission for Appellate Judges, 2013
    • State Bar of Arizona Fee Arbitration Panel, 2012
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission - Pinal County, 2012
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2012
    • Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Panel, 2011
    • The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
    • Arizona Supreme Court Board of Legal Document Preparers, 2007
    • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
    • United States Supreme Court, 2004
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2004
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America/American Associaiton for Justice, 1998
    • American Bar Association, 1997
    • Colorado State Bar, 1992
    • Arizona State Bar, 1989

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board, 2015
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission - Maricopa County, 2014
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission for Appellate Judges, 2013
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission - Pinal County, 2012
    • Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Panel, 2011
    • Arizona Supreme Court Board of Legal Document Preparers, 2007
    • Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court., 2005

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Author, Certified Forensic Consulting Body of Knowledge, CRC Press, American College Of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2016
    • Instructor for the CFC Certification, including moderator and participant in the Mock Trial., Certified Instructor, Certified Forensic Consulting, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2015
    • Co-Author of the Certified Forensic Consultant Manual., Author, Certified Forensic Consultant Manual, The American College Of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • An expert must maintain integrity, honesty and be free of bias., Author, An Expert's Honor Is Not An Oxymoron, The Forensic Examiner, American College Of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Conference on effective forensic expert opinions and testimony., Speaker, How to Testify as an Expert, Southwest Association Of Technical Accident Investigators, 2014
    • This law review article addresses the role of civility and professionalism when dealing wtih adverse parties and their counsel., Author, A New Professionalism for Arizona Attorneys: The Elimination of , Phoenix La Review, 2012
    • Speaker, Professionalism, West Valley Bar Association, 2010
    • Ethical case studies on issues involving physical medicine and pscyhological therapy., Speaker, Physical Medicine and Psychological Therapy Ethics, Northern Arizona University Health Services, 2009
    • Speaker, Proper Techniques for Expert Testimony, Arizona State University Graduate School Of Nursing, 2008
    • Ethics article in Lawyers USA regarding the pitfalls of "zealous" representation., Win-At-All-Costs Litigation, 2008
    • Ethics article Written for Laywers USA regarding the ethics of witness preparation., The Ethics of Witness Preparation, 2008
    • Speaker, How to Prevent Bad Medicine, Arizona State Graduate School of Nursing, 2007
    • Speaker, Rules and Regulations for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Arizona State University Graduate School of Nursing, 2006
    • Speaker, Interpretation of the Law Regarding Medical Issues, American Association Of Critical Care Nurses, 2005

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • Client sustained a traumatic brain injury and PTSD in an automobile accident.  Settled for an undisclosed amount of money., 2012
    • Client who sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of an automobile accident received a settlement in the amount of $2,500,000., 2012
    • Client received a judgment for $1,205,000 against an attorney for malpractice and breach of fiduciary duties., 2011
    • Client received a judgment of $600,000 regarding an automobile accident., 2011
    • Clients received a Judgment for two million dollars in the case entitled Martinez v. Resendes, et al., 2009
    • Client received a judgment against the City of Phoenix for one million, seven hundred thousand dollars for a personal injury action., 2007
    • Received approximately three billion dollars on behalf of the State of Arizona for litigation against the tobacco industry., 1998

    Representative Clients:

    • State of Arizona, 1998
    • The Wellness Way, Inc.
    • Sedona Rent-A-Car
    • Western Security Bank
    • First Fidelity Bank

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Top Attorneys in Arizona by Phoenix Magazine, 2016
    • Top Attorneys in Arizona by Phoenix Magazine, 2015
    • Top Attorneys in Arizona - Phoenix Magazine, 2014
    • 10 Best Attorneys in Arizona by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014
    • Top Attorneys in Arizona - Phoenix Magazine, 2013
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Top 10 Attorneys in Arizona by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys., 2013
    • The Valley's Top Lawyers by North Valley Magazine, 2012
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010

    Educational Background:

    • LaCrosse University - Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude, 2006
    • Midwestern University - MA in Bioethics with the Outstanding Achievement Award, 2004
    • California Western School of Law - JD Cum Laude, 1989
    • University of Arizona - BA with High Distinction in Political Science, 1985

    Industry Groups

  • Civil Litigation
  • Office Location for Paul D. Friedman

    300 West Clarendon Avenue
    Suite 400
    Phoenix, AZ 85013

     

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    Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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