Richard H. Friedman



Rick Friedman built his reputation representing regular people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government entities. He has won large verdicts in difficult cases in the fields of personal injury, defamation, insurance bad faith, and business torts. 

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Rick opened a one lawyer law office in Sitka, Alaska. He focused on becoming the best trial lawyer he could be and using the legal system to correct injustice. Over time, other lawyers began coming to him, asking for help in overcoming defense tactics that distort the truth. Eventually, this led to Rick writing five popular books for trial lawyersRules of the Road, Polarizing the Case, Becoming a Trial Lawyer, The Elements of Trial and The Way of the Trial Lawyer. As the firm grew, Rick, with the help of the highly accomplished trial teams at Friedman | Rubin, won verdicts that have made the world safer and more fair for average citizens. Four of these verdicts have been ranked in the top ten verdicts in the United States in the years they were returned. See our verdicts and news pages for details.

Rick is a member and past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, whose membership is limited to the 100 top trial lawyers in the country who represent injured people. He is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2013, Rick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice. In 2019, Rick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference.

Past Presentations

March 19, 2021, Trial Elements – Technique and Beyond, a webinar provided by Trial Lawyers Association of Washington D.C, with Rick Friedman.

January 26, 2019, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA, 2019, Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference, Keynote Speaker, Rick Friedman.

November 13-17, 2018, Bremerton, WA, Rick Friedman’s Ethos Seminar.

November 8-11, 2017, Trial Guides CLE, Bremerton, WA, Rick Friedman’s Ethos Seminar.

November 15, 2017, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Boston, MA, A Day with Rick Friedman.

May 19-20, 2017, Trial Guides CLE, Miami, FL, Take Back the Courtroom IV.

December 2, 2016, Wisconsin Association for Justice, Milwaukee, Polarizing the Case.

May 26, 2016, Ontario Trial Lawyers Assoc., Toronto, Canada, What Makes a Top Advocate.

May 12, 2016, Ohio Assoc. for Justice, Plaintiff Lawyers in the 21st Century.

May 4, 2016, Iowa Assoc. for Justice, Trial Lawyers in the 21st Century.

April 22, 2016, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Assoc., Last Resistance: How to Fight.

April 8, 2016, Oregon Trial Lawyers Assoc., Plaintiff Lawyers in the 21st Century, All day Event.

October 31 2015, Arizona Trial Lawyers Annual Conference, Re-examining Cross-Examination

June 19, 2015, New Jersey Assoc. for Justice, Atlantic City, Your Trustworthiness in Cross-Exam.

Honors & Memberships

Past President, 2013-14
Inner Circle of Advocates
Top 100 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States

American College of Trial Lawyers

Trial Lawyer of the Year 2013
Washington State Association for Justice

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Eagle Member
Washington Association for Justice

AV Peer Review Rated

Super Lawyers
Ranked Number One in Washington for 2022 by Law and Politics Magazine


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1979

Antioch College, B.S., 1976