Stanley L. Friedman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Attorney at Law
 | 445 South Figueroa Street, 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1631
Phone: 213-629-1500
Fax: 213-232-4071
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Health Care (30%),
  • Appellate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Stanley L. Friedman, Attorney at Law, has been providing effective representation in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation matters for more than 25 years. As a board-certified specialist in criminal law and a former federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Friedman brings extensive skill and courtroom experience to every case.

Attorney Friedman's private practice is focused on protecting the rights and interests of individuals facing either civil or criminal allegations of fraud such as public corruption, insurance fraud, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, tax crimes, money laundering, credit card fraud, computer fraud and counterfeiting of U.S. currency.

There have been many notable successes throughout Stanley L. Friedman's career. As an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, California, assigned to the Major Fraud Unit, he conducted grand jury investigations and effectively prosecuted complex multimillion-dollar cases. As a criminal defense and complex civil litigation attorney, he has obtained six injunctions against the state of California and the United States in cases involving more than a billion dollars in health care costs. One of these cases was recently argued before the United States Supreme Court.  He has also successfully represented a wide range of professionals including attorneys, accountants, medical doctors, pharmacists, business executives, elected officials, government employees and corporations.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Friedman served on the State Bar of California Criminal Law Advisory Commission, which is the Commission responsible for all aspects of certifying and re-certifying attorneys as criminal law specialists, and served as its Chairman for the 2009 - 2010 term and previously served as its Vice Chairman and education representative (in which he reviewed all materials submitted by providers throughout the State who sought to have their programs certified for continuing legal education credits for certified specialists in criminal law).  Also, in the 2009 - 2010 term, Mr. Friedman was a member of the Rules Subcommittee of the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Friedman has frequently appeared on national and local television and radio and has been qouted extensively in various newspapers.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%)

Health Care (30%)

Appellate (20%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About Stanley Friedman

Admitted: 1985, California

Professional Webpage:


  • USC Representative, Cardozo National Moot Court Competition, 1985
  •  Finalist, Moot Court Honors Program, 1984
  • First Place, Client Counseling Competition, 1983
  • Honors Program, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society
  • Participant, Cardozo National Moot Court Competition
  • Psi Chi
  • Pi Gamma Mu

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Criminal Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the State Bar of Nevada (inactive status), 2001
  • Member of the State Bar of California (active status), 1985
  • Member of the Bar of the United States District Court Northern District of California
  • Member of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member of the Bar of the United States District Court Central District of California
  • Member of the Bar of the United States District Court Eastern District of California
  • Member of the Bar of the United States District Court Southern District of California
  • Member, State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, serving on the Rules Subcommittee (2010 term)
  • Master Member, Los Angeles Criminal Justice American Inn of Court
  • Chairman, Vice Chairman and Education Representative, State Bar of California
  • Member, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California, 2006 - 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America
  • Officer and Director, Or HaChaim Hebrew Academy
  • Shofar Award, Jewish Committee on Scouting
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Criminal Law News, State Bar of California., 1995
  • Identity Conservation and Equivalence Conservation: A Question of Developmental Priority, Child Development., 1982
  • Performance of Downs Syndrome Individuals on the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, American Journal of Mental Deficiency., 1982


  • United States v. Lawson - obtained guilty verdicts against tax preparer for tax crimes.
  • United States v. Pratte - obtained guilty verdicts against owner of retirement facility for loan fraud.
  • United States v. Tyler - obtained guilty verdicts against officer of company engaging in securities fraud and ponzi scheme.
  • United States v. Akin - obtained verdicts of guilty in nationwide insurance fraud case. Led task force of more than fifty personnel from Internal Revenue Service, Postal Inspection Service, Interstate Commerce Commission and Department of Transportation.
  • United States v. Danny Means - obtained not guilty verdict for client charged with bribing an IRS Revenue Officer.
  • Kleinman v. American States Insurance Company - obtained $7.96 million verdict against major insurance company.

Representative Clients:

  • Reported Decisions:United States Supreme Court:Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, 565 U.S. __, 132 S. Ct. 1204, 182 L. Ed. 2d 101 (2012)United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:Moore v. Kayport Package Express, Inc., 885 F.2d 531 (9th Cir. 1989)Commodities Futures Trading Commission v. Topworth International, 205 F.3d 1107 (9th Cir. 1999)United States v. Hagege, 437 F.3d 943 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 549 U.S. 818 (2006) Independent Living Center of Southern California v. Shewry, 543 F.3d 1047 (9th Cir. 2008) Independent Living Center of Southern California v. Shewry, 543 F.3d 1050 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 2828 (2009)Independent Living Center of Southern California v. Shewry, 590 F.3d 725 (9th Cir. 2009), vacated on other grounds sub. nom. Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California., Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1204 (2012)Independent Living Center of Southern California v. Maxwell-Jolly, 572 F.3d 644 (9th Cir. 2009)Managed Pharmacy Care v. Sebelius, 705 F.3d 934 (9th Cir. 2012)Managed Pharmacy Care v. Sebelius, __ F.3d __ (9th Cir. 2013)United States District Courts:Managed Pharmacy Care v. Maxwell-Jolly, 603 F. Supp. 2d 1230 (C.D. Cal. 2009)In Re: Medi-Cal Reimbursement Rate Reduction Litigation, 652 F. Supp. 2d 1378 (J.P.M.L. 2009)California Court of Appeals:Best Products, Inc. v. Superior Court, 119 Cal. App. 4th 1181, 15 Cal. Rptr. 3d 154 (2004)People ex rel. Harris v. Rizzo, 214 Cal.App.4th 921, 154 Cal.Rptr.3d 443 (2013)
  • Governments of France and Hong Kong (as a magistrate).
  • United States Government
  • Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • General American Life Insurance Co.
  • Metropolitan Insurance Company
  • Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies
  • St. Ives Laboratories, Inc.
  • E.F. Hutton and Company, Inc.
  • American Express
  • Prudential-Bache Securities, Inc.
  • Makar Properties, Inc.
  • Chubb Insurance Group
  • Pan American World Airlines, Inc.
  • American Airlines, Inc.
  • The Flying Tiger Line, Inc.
  • Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
  • Mercedes Benz of North America
  • Koch Industries
  • Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC
  • British Petroleum
  • California Pharmacists Association, ARCO

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Los Angeles Business Journal's Healthcare Leadership Award (finalist) for "Lifetime Achievement", 2012

Educational Background:

  • Law School: University of Southern California Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1985. College: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Cum Laude & Dean's List, 1981
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445 South Figueroa Street
31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1631

Phone: 213-629-1500

Fax: 213-232-4071

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Last Updated: 8/6/2018

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