Attorney, author Richard Friedman offers keynote address

Richard H. Friedman, nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and author, will provide the keynote address at the University of La Verne College of Law 2013 Hooding & Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11.

Nearly 80 students are expected to receive degrees at this year’s ceremony, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in the Sports Science & Athletics Pavilion on the University of La Verne main campus in nearby La Verne.

Friedman is recognized as one of the nation’s top civil trial attorneys representing individuals and small businesses injured by large corporate and government interests. His cases include those involving catastrophic injury, defamation, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. Among the most notable of his cases are Myrick v. Mastagni, believed the first case in California holding a building owner liable for injuries sustained in an earthquake, and Robinson v. State Farm, which exposed the use of phony doctor’s reports to deny claims. Four of his verdicts have ranked in the top 10 largest verdicts in the United States.

Licensed to practice in California, Alaska, Washington and Nevada, Friedman also regularly appears pro hac vice in other state and federal courts around the country. He is Of Counsel to Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP of Claremont, the nation’s leader in protecting policyholders from insurance company abuse. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group consisting of the best plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Friedman is also author of three best-selling legal books: Rules of the Road, Polarizing the Case and Rick Friedman on Becoming a Trial Lawyer (all published by Trial Guides, LLC, of Portland, Oregon). Mary Lynn Tate, co-director of the University of Virginia National College of Trial Advocacy and former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, calls Rules of the Road “the most significant and practical contribution to advocacy and trial practice in several decades.” David Ball, author and nationally known jury consultant and trial skills trainer, says it “is among the most necessary trial advocacy books ever written.”

A New York native, Friedman received a Juris Doctor from Harvard in 1979 and a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College (Ohio) in 1976.

Due to space restrictions, entry to the La Verne Law Commencement Ceremony is limited to participants and invited guests. Tickets are required. Campus parking is free, but attendees are advised to arrive at least one hour prior to the scheduled start. Additional information on the 2013 Hooding & Commencement Ceremony is available by calling (909) 460-2016 or by visiting the commencement Web page

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