Mr. Friedman is the shareholder in charge of the Firm's Government Law and Lobbying Practice Group. He represents a wide variety of businesses, non-profit organizations, developers, and trade associations before local governments in South Florida, the Florida Legislature and Executive Agencies in Tallahassee. He has helped public and private sector clients secure millions of dollars in government grants, procurements, concessions and contracts. An experienced lawyer-lobbyist, he provides strategic advice and guides clients through the complex governmental procurement process, including responding to Requests for Proposals (RFP) from the early stages of team building through project submittals and presentations to final selection and negotiation.
Recognized by the Sun-Sentinel as one of the area's most influential lawyer-lobbyists, his 30+ years of political experience, knowledge of the government, and access to key decision makers are extremely valuable to his clients. An active and visible political figure, Mr. Friedman has addressed the Democratic National Convention, testified before U.S. Congress, and appeared on programs including "Good Morning America", “The O'Reilly Factor” and “Larry King.” Prior to practicing law in Florida, he spent ten years working on Capitol Hill as Chief-of-Staff to a U.S. Congressman.
Activities & Memberships
Mr. Friedman serves as the Chairman of the Economic Development Advocacy Action Team for the Broward Alliance, Broward County's Economic Development organization. He is a past President of the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, which serves thousands of people throughout Broward County. He is an Ambassador of the United Way of Broward County Campaign Cabinet, on the Board of Directors of the Florida Impact-Campaign to End Childhood Hunger and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs. Mr. Friedman has twice served as Chair of the Jewish Federation of Broward County's Community Campaign Celebration with noted speakers Alan Dershowitz in 2004 and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in 2007.
Mr. Friedman was selected as a “Florida Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine which named Florida’s top lawyers as chosen by their peers. He was recognized as a “Power Broker of Broward County” by the Sun-Sentinel, and “King of the City Hall” by The Miami Herald.
He and his wife, Marta, received the coveted Jewish National Fund “Tree of Life” Award, in recognition of their outstanding dedication and service to the community. Additionally, Mr. Friedman was honored by the Jewish Federation of Broward County with the Board Chair Award (1988), Lilyan and Jack Mandel Human Resource Development Award (2004), Hy and Belle Schlafler Leadership Award (2007), and the (2011) Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Other awards include: Marti Huizenga Boys and Girls Club Devotion to Helping Children Award; Holocaust Documentation and Education Center Award for Passage of the Holocaust Education Mandate in Florida; Sister Cities Appreciation Award by the City of Hollywood; U.S. Council of Jewish Federations Lifetime Achievement Award; the David Posnack Community Day School Leadership Award; Advocate of the Year Award by Jewish Community Services of South Florida; and Adocacy Award for Passage of the Iran Divestiture Legislation by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.