Paul Friedman, Esq. brings substantial experience and competence to the unique financial, commercial and business interests of clients. He began practicing law in 1978 as a commercial litigator in Miami’s leading business law firm under the direct mentorship of Miami's leading commercial and bankruptcy trial lawyer. Over the years he has refined his ability to craft and implement strategies both in and out of court to meet clients’ defined objectives.
Mr. Friedman strives to resolve disputes expeditiously without resorting to the adversarial process. However, he is a seasoned litigator and routinely appears in all Florida state, federal, appellate and bankruptcy courts, as well as federal courts outside of Florida. Mr. Friedman has tried more than one hundred trials and evidentiary proceedings as well as successfully briefed and argued dozens of appellate cases, arming him with the uncommon ability to perceive, analyze, address and enhance clients' interests from various perspectives.
Mr. Friedman's practice focuses on business interests and arrangements, secured and unsecured transactions, shareholder and partnership rights, participations, inter-creditor relationships, receiverships, liquidation of businesses and assets, pre- and post-judgment remedies, creditors and debtors rights, and secured creditor rights in bankruptcy. Having extensively counseled financial institutions and federal regulatory and insuring bodies in connection with the receivership and liquidation of a number of banking institutions and investment portfolios in Florida and the duties and liabilities of directors and officers, Mr. Friedman is experienced in the resolution, workout and litigation of the spectrum of commercial activities involving state and federal contractual, statutory and common law rights, duties and interests.
While a teenager in the late 1960s, Mr. Friedman's family moved from Roslyn, New York to Miami Beach, where his father continued his distinguished professional career as an oral surgeon. Mr. Friedman is married to his high-school sweetheart; they live in Coral Gables and have three children.
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Commercial and Banking law, including: Contract Rights; Debtor and Creditors Rights; Shareholder and Partnership Rights; Receiverships; Creditor Rights in Bankruptcy; Assignmbet for Benefit of Creditors Proceedings; Appellate Matters; State and Federal Litigation; and Trial Practice.
- 1978, The Florida Bar
- Florida: 1979, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; 1982, Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; 1990, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida; 2004, U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
- Other States: 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 1988, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and Northern District of California; 1990, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 1998, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 2012, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Law School: University of Miami, J.D.
College: Franklin & Marshall College
Honors: Black Pyramid Senior Honor Society; Lacrosse Hall of Fame
The Florida Bar (Member: Trial Lawyers and Business Law Sections); Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida; Miami-Dade County Bar Association.
Sample of Published Cases
Florida Community Bank, N.A. v. Red Road Residential, LLC, 2016 WL 3176813 (Fla. 3d DCA June 8, 2016); First Bank v. Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Co., 2014 WL 1322687 (M.D.N.C. Mar. 31, 2014); CES Properties, Ltd. v. Republic Western Investments Co. LLC, 138 So. 3d 1038 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014); BOYI, LLC v. Premiere American Bank, N.A., 127 So. 3d 850 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013); Palinsky v. Florida Community Bank, N.A., 116 So. 3d 390 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013); Hernandez v. Florida Community Bank, N.A., 100 So. 3d 703 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012); Aranda v. Seacoast National Bank, 39 So. 3d 331 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010); A-Plus Gemini Dev., LLC v. Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Co., 11 So. 3d 955 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009); USA vs.Certain Real Property, Etc., 998 F.Supp 1438 (S.D. Fla., 1998); In re Investors Florida Aggressive Growth Fund,168 B.R. 760 (1994); First Nat'l Bank of Florida Keys vs. Rosasco, 622 So.2d 554 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1993); In re Steven P. Nelson, D.C., P.A., 140 B.R. 814 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla., 1992); In re 441 Miami Gardens Drive Partnership, 154 B.R. 354 (Bkrptcy. S.D. Fla., 1992); Frankart Distributors, Inc. vs. Levitz, 1990 WL 127697 (E.D.N.Y., 1990); In re I.A. Durbin, Inc., 62 B.R. 139 (S.D. Fla., 1986); Nobles vs. Citizens Mtg. Corp., 479 So.2d 822 (Fla. App. 2 Dist., 1985)