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Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in New York, NY

Bernard D. Friedman
Friedman James & Buchsbaum LLP
132 Nassau Street, Suite 900
New York, NY 10038
T:Work 212-233-9385
F: Fax212-619-2340
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1977
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas: Transportation/Maritime (90%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)


Bernard D. Friedman is the founding partner in the law firm of Friedman, James & Buchsbaum LLP.  For the past 38 years, Friedman has dedicated his legal career to assisting those whose lives have been changed as a result of injuries sustained in a maritime accident.

Friedman, James & Buchsbaum LLP maintains offices in New York City and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Their reputation is founded upon the aggressive legal representation of those injured in maritime accidents, including blue-water seamen, tug and barge crew, ferryboat passengers and workers (including the Staten Island Ferry), commercial fishermen and those engaged in other maritime activities, such as longshoring, harbor work and marine construction. Bernard Friedman's clients have included many individuals who have sustained serious injuries on cruise ships, pleasure craft and other recreational vessels. Friedman has substantial experience litigating the unique attributes of maritime law, including Limitation of Shipowners’ Liability, Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure and claims based upon the warranty of seaworthiness.

Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2015

About Bernard Friedman

Admitted: 1977, New York

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Honors and Awards:

  • Marindale-Hubbell  Highest Rating “AV”.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor), American Association for Justice (Admiralty Section), New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, New York State Bar Association, and New Jersey Association for Justice.
  • ADMITTED: 1977 New York; 1980 New Jersey.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $8.25 million settlement for a dredge deckhand sustaining a traumatic brain injury., 2014
  • $3.2 Million jury verdict  Federal Court Mahnattan for NYC Staten Island Ferry deckhand, injured at City Island facility, affirmed by the United States Court of  Appeals (2nd Circuit), 2013
  • $2.8 Million settlement for blue water seaman., 2013
  • $4.36 million verdict in NJ Federal Court for Chief mate who sustained injury to arm: $4.1 million + $100,000 in maintenance and cure recovery on behalf of New York deckhand injured when assaulted during a cruise charter.  Suit was commenced against vessel owner, security company, and others responsible for our client’s injuries.  Recovery obtained despite vessel owner’s attempt to limit its liability; $2.8 million recovered on behalf of four deckhands injured aboard a ferry, when the vessel struck the dock; $2.1 million recovered on behalf of a deckhand struck in the head with a shackle pin; $1.75 million settlement for ferryboat deckhand who sustained back and knee injuries (2014); $1.43 million settlement for ferryboat deckhand who sustained a low back injury; $1.4 million settlement for FDNY firefighter who sustained shoulder injury during rescue; $1.4 million settlement for a tugboat deckhand who sustained a lower leg injury when caught between a tug and barge; $1.4 million recovery for a marine oiler who sustained injury to his hand on board a ferry when contact was made with a rotating shaft; $4.6 million recovery for spinal cord injury in a NJ motor vehicle accident.

Educational Background:

  • Queens College (C.U.N.Y.), B.A. 1973 political science.
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1976 (cum laude)
Last Updated: 5/15/2015
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