Philip B. Friedman

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Erie, PA

Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler
 | 17 West Tenth Street, Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-453-3343
Fax: 814-455-1572
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Philip B. Friedman has a well-deserved reputation as a superior trial attorney.  Representing clients throughout Pennsylvania he focuses his practice on federal and state criminal defense and personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  The types of criminal offenses that Mr. Friedman handles include driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, possession and distribution of drugs, and diversion of medication by healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses and dentists.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Mr. Friedman has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations throughout his career.  He is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association and a current member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  His other memberships include the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.  Mr. Friedman is AV Preeminent peer review rated for Martindale Hubbell and has earned a 10.0 “superb” peer review rating through AVVO.

Mr. Friedman attended Washington and Jefferson College and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science in 1975.  He then pursued his legal education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1978.  Admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New York, he is also admitted to practice before numerous Federal District Courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Friedman is also an avid triathlete.  He recently won world championships in his age group at the ITU Sprint World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico (2016) and in Rotterdam, Netherlands (2017).  He placed second in 2018 at the World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.  In 2018 he also won the national title in age group Aquathlon in Miami.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 40%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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About Philip Friedman

Admitted: 1978, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991
  • Erie County Bar Association, President, 1997
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • New York, 1988
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chairman, Rules Committee, 1995 - 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1998
  • American Inns of Court, Master, 1996 - 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Zone 7 Governor, May 2017
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chairman, 1994 - 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Member, Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, 2002 - 2008
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chairman, Rules Committee, 1992 - 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, Task Force on Civil Justice Coalition, 1999 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1991
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Vice Chairman, 1993 - 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Judicial Evaluation Commission, Member, 1997 - 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1991
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Erie County Bar Association LAVA Program, 1985 - Present
  • Erie Millennium Commission, 2000 - 2001
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, Board of Corporators, 1990 - 1995
  • Erie Day School, Board of Trustees, 1998 - 2005
  • Erie Triathlon Club, Member and Former President

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • CLE Courses, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1985 - Present
  • CLE Courses, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1987 - Present
  • CLE Courses, Erie County Bar Association, 1983 - Present


  • P.J.S. v. Pa.State Ethics Commission, 723 A.2d 174 (Pa. 1999)
  • Paps A.M. v. City of Erie, 812 A. 2d 591 (Pa. 2002)
  • U.S. v. Harvey, 961 F.2d 1361 (8th Cir. 1992)
  • U.S. v. Ammar, 714 F.2d 238 (3rd Cir. 1983)

Educational Background:

  • Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, B.A., Major: Political Science - 1975
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Office Location for Philip B. Friedman

17 West Tenth Street
Erie, PA 16501

Phone: 814-453-3343

Fax: 814-455-1572

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Last Updated: 8/13/2019

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