Professional Biography

Donald J. Friedman Of Counsel



Don Friedman has been a litigator for more than 46 years. He was the sole recipient in the United States of the International Law Office's 2010 Client Choice Award for Litigation. Throughout his career Don has litigated and arbitrated virtually every type of commercial dispute for a wide range of clients, particularly in the telecommunications and high-technology industries. He also has maintained a particular focus on insurance coverage litigation from the first years of his practice. He began by representing insurance carriers in the 1970s, but since the late 1980s, he has represented exclusively policyholders in disputes regarding coverage for contingent business interruption, environmental liability, directors and officers liability, copyright infringement and other claims. Long before arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution became fashionable, Don began advocating early dispute analysis and resolution and efficient case management, particularly by businesses with high volumes of recurring litigation. Don frequently writes about litigation management, Preparing a Litigation Risk Assessment, arbitration, Supreme Court Holds That Consumer Arbitration Agreements Can Bar Class Action Relief, and insurance coverage, Have You Been Sued for Recording ZIP Codes? Your Insurance May Cover the Claim. Don regularly represents victims of sexual abuse in the military through Protect Our Defenders and has represented recruits into the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program by obtaining Deferred Action, naturalization or both for more than 60 individuals. Don also has an airplane, single engine, land private pilot license and flies frequently on the weekends.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a Benchmark Litigation National Star for Insurance, 2017
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Litigation Star, Local Litigation Star
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • "International Law Office (ILO) 2010 Client Choice Award recipient for Litigation," United States
  • Recommended by The Legal 500: Industry Focus:  Insurance - advice to policy holders, 2015

Professional Leadership

  • District of Columbia Computer Law Forum, Board of Directors, 2011 - 2019
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Computer Law Section, Commercial and Government Contracts Committee, Co-Chairperson, 1988 - 1990; Section Steering Committee, 1990 - 1992

Community Involvement

  • Sheridan-Kalorama Neighborhood Council, President
  • Bread, Inc., Vice President

Related Employment

  • Black, Tremaine, Lankton, Krieger & Schmeer, Portland, OR, Partner, 1980-1985, Associate, 1974-1979
  • Lt. U. S. Navy (submarine service), 1967-1970


  • Hon. Alfred Goodwin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1973 - 1974





Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1973
  • Harvard University, A.B., History, 1967