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 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Paul practices in the areas of significant personal injury, wrongful death, ethics, and professional malpractice. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Medical and Research Ethics at Midwestern University and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine where he instructed health care providers and graduate students in the medical field. Additionally, he authored the manual and taught attorneys and forensic experts in the Certified Forensic Consultant® program with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Paul is a nationally recognized expert and speaker in the area of bioethics and legal ethics.

    He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 (Bachelor of Arts 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 post-doctoral master’s degree in bioethics in 2004 (Master of Arts 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. Paul received a doctorate in philosophy involving business, legal and medical ethics at LaCrosse University (2006).

    Paul was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1989, 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 has served on various Boards for the Arizona Supreme Court including the Board of Legal Document Preparers and was recently appointed by Chief Justice Bales to the Legal Services Task Force.  Additionally, Paul has been an Attorney Panel Member of the Arizona Disciplinary Panel since its formation in 2011 and has served as a Disciplinary Settlement Conference Officer since 2016.  Paul has also served on the Arizona State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee since 2012.

    Paul is rated AV® Preeminent™ (the highest rating) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is rated Superb 10.0/10.0 (the highest rating) by AVVO.  Consistently recognized by his peers, he was first named as a Super Lawyer® in 2007 and a Best Lawyer in America© in 2016.

    Paul is a Board Certified Pre-Trial and Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and is Board Certified by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. Paul is also an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates.

     

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

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

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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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:

    • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Certified Specialist, State Bar of Arizona
    • National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Arizona Trial Lawyers- 2011 to 2019
    • Phoenix Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona, 2010, 2013-2018
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2019
    • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Arizona Super Lawyers, 2007, 2010-2021
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers, 2020
    • Super Lawyers - Top 50, 2020
    • AVVO - 10.0 Rating
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2020
    • North Valley Magazine, The Valley's Top Lawyers 2012
    • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2010-2012
    • Premiere 100 Civil Trial Lawyers by the National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2016
    • Premiere 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
    • The American Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Arizona Trial Lawyers, 2010
    • Special Assistant to the Arizona Attorney General for the State of Arizona, 1997-2000
    • Who's Who in America, 2001
    • Who's Who of Professionals, 1996
    • Who's Who in American Universities, 1985
    • Distinguished Fraternity Members of America, 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 Attorney Discipline Hearing Panels, Acting Presiding Disciplinary Judge
    • Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Performance Review Maricopa County Superior Court, 2020
    • Chief Justice Designee Member of the Arizona Supreme Court Fiduciary Board, 2020
    • National Board of Trial Advocacy - Recertified Member, 2020
    • Arizona Supreme Court Legal Services Task Force, 2019
    • City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board Chairperson, 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
    • Attorney Discipline Settlement Conference Officer, 2015
    • Lawyers of Distinction Board of Advisors, 2015, 2015
    • National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners®, 2014
    • Certified Instructor with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Certified Forensic Consultant® with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014
    • Certified/Re-Certified Civil Practice Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2017
    • 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
    • The Arizona Bioethics Network, 2012
    • 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
    • North American Brain Injury Society, 2010
    • The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
    • The American College of Forensic Examiners, 2009* Legal Advisory Board, 2012* Certified Forensic Consultant®, 2014* Certified Instructor, 2014* Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners®, 2014, 2009
    • Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2009
    • Arizona Supreme Court Board of Legal Document Preparers  Vice-Chair, 2012 Attorney Member, 2007, 2007
    • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
    • Certified/Re-Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/ National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2020, 2005
    • National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform , 2005
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2004
    • District of Columbia Bar, 2004
    • United States Supreme Court, 2004
    • Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, 2004
    • American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2004
    • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 2004
    • American Society of Human Genetics, 2004
    • National Association of Realtors®, 2004
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America/American Association for Justice * Advocate Status, 2007, 1998
    • American Bar Association * Section Member of Health Law, 2004-2012* Medical Research, Biotechnology, and Clinical Ethics Interest Group, 2011-2012* Center for Professional Responsibility, 2006-2012, 1997
    • Colorado State Bar, 1991
    • Maricopa County Bar Association, 1989* Medico-Legal Committee Chairperson, 2000, 1989
    • Arizona State Bar *Section Member of Trial Practice, 2002, 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:

    • Mr. Friedman received a $58,500,000.00 against the Biological Resource Center. This case was referred to in the news media as "The Body Parts Case.", 2019
    • 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:

    • 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

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    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: 12/11/2020

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