Bernard D. Friedman

Top rated transportation & maritime attorney in New York, New York

Friedman James & Buchsbaum LLP
Bernard D. Friedman
Friedman James & Buchsbaum LLP

Practice Areas: Transportation & maritime, Personal injury

Licensed in New York since: 1977

Education: New York Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

Friedman James & Buchsbaum LLP

15 Maiden Ln
Suite 1202
New York, NY 10038 Phone: 212-233-9385 Email: Bernard D. Friedman Visit website


Bernard D. Friedman is the founding partner in the law firm of Friedman, James & Buchsbaum LLP.  For the past 44 years, Mr.  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. Its  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.

First Admitted: 1977, New York

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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.
Educational Background:
  • Queens College (C.U.N.Y.), B.A. 1973 political science.
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1976 (cum laude)
  • $6.5 million settlement union dockbuilder sustaining multiple orthopedic injuries, 2019
  • $2.8 million settlement motor vehicle accident, 2019
  • $4.225 million  maritime wrongful death settlement, 2020
  • $4.6 million settlement of a NJ motor vehicle accident involving conflicts between NJ/NY law and interspousal immunity., 2006
  • $1.6 million settlement for a tugboat deckhand sustaining a cervical spine injury, 2019
  • $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
  • $7.89 million settlement for union dockbuilder struck by failing construction equipment., 2019
  • $2.565 million settlement for a tugboat deckhand sustaining neck and back injuries when struck by a falling derrick lifting hook., 2018
  • $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; $l.l37 million reccovery for a dredge mate sustaining an arm injury (2016) $4.6 million recovery for spinal cord injury in a NJ motor vehicle accident., 2008
  • $3.850 million settlement for a Staten Island Ferry deckhand who sustained a cervical spine injury when he was struck by a rescue boat., 2018
  • $2.5 million settlement for a tugboat deckhand sustaining an eye injury., 2016
  • $2.8 Million settlement for blue water seaman., 2013
  • $8.25 million settlement for a dredge deckhand sustaining a traumatic brain injury., 2014
  • Selected as a Best Lawyer in America in the area of Admiralty and Maritime Law 2013-2021., Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Highest Rating "AV", Martindale Hubbell

Office location for Bernard D. Friedman

15 Maiden Ln
Suite 1202
New York, NY 10038


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

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