Paul D. Friedman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
 | 2390 East Camelback Road, Suite 403
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-508-6040
Fax: 602-777-7008
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Of counsel to Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., Paul D. Friedman is located in the national firm's office in Phoenix, Arizona. Representing clients throughout the greater metropolitan area, he focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Admitted to practice in Arizona, Mr. Friedman is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and Federal Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

The cases that Mr. Friedman has worked on during his distinguished career for his clients who have been harmed by the negligence of other persons or entities have arisen out of incidents involving truck and other motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability. He has also represented clients who have incurred losses due to non-medical professional negligence or ethical violations. Mr. Friedman has been able to obtain significant compensation through both jury verdicts and settlements that he has negotiated out of court with defendants and their insurance companies, and his colleagues have taken note of his successful track record. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo, and he has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, among other honors.

Mr. Friedman is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the Arizona Association for Justice. He is frequently asked to deliver presentations on trial tactics and other topics related to his practice area. Mr. Friedman received his Juris Doctor cum laude from California Western School of Law in 1989, and he also holds a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 30%Professional Liability
  • 20%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

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White Papers

  • “Social Media Use and other Complex Jury Issues” (2018) - “Social Media Use and other Complex Jury Issues” for National Business Institute [NBI]

  • “Cross-Examination and Redirect – Focus on Experts and Evidence” (2018) - “Cross-Examination and Redirect – Focus on Experts and Evidence” for National Business Institute [NBI]

  • “Pain and Suffering Damages: Legal Ethics” (2018) - “Pain and Suffering Damages: Legal Ethics” for National Business Institute [NBI], 2018

  • “Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys” (2017) - “Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys” for National Business Institute, 2017

  • “Calculating Brain Injury Damages” (2017) - “Calculating Brain Injury Damages” for National Business Institute [NBI], 2017

  • Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge (2016) - Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge, CRC Press© copyright 2016

  • 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.

  • “There is No Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis” (2011) - “There is No Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis”, Desert Lawyers News, 2011

  • “Medical Malpractice: A View From The Trenches” (2008) - “Medical Malpractice: A View From The Trenches” © copyright 2008

  • “The Model Rules for Corporate Counsel Ethics” (2008) - “The Model Rules for Corporate Counsel Ethics”, 2008

  • 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.

  • About Paul Friedman

    Admitted: 1989, Arizona

    Professional Webpage: https://www.burgsimpson.com/attorney/paul-d-friedman/

    Honors/Awards:

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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Re-Certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona State Bar, 2017
    • Re-Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2015
    • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners by the American College of Forensic Examiners instittute, 2014
    • Certified Instructor by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Certified Forensic Consultant by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2012
    • Re-Certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 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 Legal Services Task Force, 2019
    • Chairperson of the City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board, 2018
    • Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Hearing Settlement Officer, 2016
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Performance Review for Maricopa County Superior Court, 2016
    • City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board, 2015
    • Lawyers of Distinction Board of Advisors, 2015, 2015
    • Attorney Discipline Settlement Conference Officer, 2015
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission - Maricopa County, 2014
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission for Appellate Judges, 2013
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2012
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Review Commission - Pinal County, 2012
    • State Bar of Arizona Fee Arbitration Panel, 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
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2004
    • United States Supreme Court, 2004
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America/American Association 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/Writings:

    • Advanced Trial Tactics, Presenter, "Advanced Trial Tactics” , National Business Institute [NBI], 2018
    • Personal Injury Damages in Personal Injury, Presenter, "Personal Injury Damages in Personal Injury” , National Business Institute [NBI], 2018
    • Ethics involving jury selection., Presenter, Jury Selection and Voir Dire, National Business Institute, Legal, 2018
    • Conference on preparation and handling of Traumatic Brain Injury cases., Presenter, Traumatic Brain Injuries, National Business Institute, Legal, 2017
    • 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
    • Conference on effective forensic expert opinions and testimony., Speaker, How to Testify as an Expert, Southwest Association Of Technical Accident Investigators, 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
    • 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 psychological therapy., Speaker, Physical Medicine and Psychological Therapy Ethics, Northern Arizona University Health Services, 2009
    • Ethics article Written for Laywers USA regarding the ethics of witness preparation., The Ethics of Witness Preparation, 2008
    • Ethics article in Lawyers USA regarding the pitfalls of "zealous" representation., Win-At-All-Costs Litigation, 2008
    • Speaker, Proper Techniques for Expert Testimony, Arizona State University Graduate School Of Nursing, 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/Settlements:

    • Podiatric case in which client was left with limited mobility., 2018
    • Gastric Sepsis from Undiagnosed Bowel Obstruction., 2017
    • Fraud and Medical Malpractice Regarding Plastic Surgeon Treatment of a 2 year old., 2015
    • 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 sustained a traumatic brain injury and PTSD in an automobile accident.  Settled for an undisclosed amount of money., 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
    • Sedona Rent-A-Car
    • The Wellness Way, Inc.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • AVVO®, Highest Distinction of Superb 10.0 Attorney Rating, 2019
    • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2019
    • Super Lawyers®, 2007 and 2010-2019, 2019
    • Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-2020, 2019
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2019
    • National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2011-2019, 2019
    • Phoenix Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona, 2010 and 2013-2018, 2018
    • Premiere 100 Civil Trial Lawyers by the National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2016
    • Premiere 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
    • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best Attorneys in Arizona, 2014
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Attorneys in Arizona , 2013
    • Arizona Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona, 2010-2012, 2012
    • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2010-2012, 2012
    • North Valley Magazine, The Valley's Top Lawyers, 2012
    • American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Arizona Trial Lawyers , 2010

    Videos:

    • Personal Injury , Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help , Personal Injury, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • LaCrosse University, Philosophy/Business, Legal and Medical Ethics - Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude, 2006
    • College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine - MA in Bioethics with the Outstanding Achievement Award, 2004
    • California Western School of Law - Juris Doctorate Cum Laude, 1989
    • University of Arizona - BA with High Distinction in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, 1985

    Industry Groups

    • Civil Litigation
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    Office Location for Paul D. Friedman

    2390 East Camelback Road
    Suite 403
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Phone: 602-508-6040

    Fax: 602-777-7008

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    Last Updated: 12/30/2019

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