Arthur J. Friedman is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use, Natural Resources and Environmental practice group in the firm's San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Friedman's practice encompasses land use and commercial litigation. He also leads the land use litigation subcommittee for the firm's Global Climate Change practice group.
Land Use Litigation
Mr. Friedman has extensive experience litigating disputes under California's Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"). His CEQA practice involves representation of public agencies, project applicants and petitioners. He was lead counsel for the City of Sacramento in its successful defense of the high profile Sacramento Railyards Specific Plan Project, one of the largest urban development projects in the state, which was challenged in three separate CEQA lawsuits. This victory was listed as one of the "2009 Top Defense Verdicts" by the San Francisco Daily Journal. This is the second time Mr. Friedman has made this list in just the past three years.
Mr. Friedman's project applicant clients include national retailers Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Lowe's HIW, national developers Regency Centers Corporation, Syufy Enterprises L.P. and Thomas Enterprises, Inc. and national homebuilders such as Brookfield Homes. In recent years, Mr. Friedman has successfully defended a variety of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects challenged under CEQA in more than a dozen communities throughout Northern California.
Mr. Friedman also has successfully litigated numerous matters involving easement disputes, and has defended several property owners in response to eminent domain
actions. For example, Mr. Friedman defended Wal-Mart Stores in setting aside the City of Hercules' unlawful taking of Wal-Mart's property.
Mr. Friedman also is a frequent speaker at professional conferences in California and throughout the nation on various environmental topics ranging from CEQA to global
Mr. Friedman's commercial litigation practice encompasses contract disputes, unfair business practice claims, insurance coverage, real estate and construction defect disputes.
Mr. Friedman was co-lead counsel in obtaining a defense verdict for a large food manufacturer, in a $1.3 million breach of contract claim, following a three-week jury trial in the San Jose Federal District Court. The matter was listed as one of the "2006 Top Defense Verdicts" by the San Francisco Daily Journal (See San Francisco Daily Journal, February 8, 2007, page 8). Also in 2006, he was lead counsel in obtaining a $717,000 verdict for a large real estate investor in a non-disclosure and construction defect case following a three-week jury trial in the Sacramento County Superior Court. Currently, Mr. Friedman represents several developers and other businesses in both bringing and defending a variety of real estate and other complex commercial litigation matters.
J.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1992, With Honors
B.A., Yale University, 1989, cum laude
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Mr. Friedman was an associate at Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft, LLP in San Francisco from 1992 to 1998 during which time the bulk of his practice consisted of representing Lloyds of London and other London-based insurers in complex environmental insurance coverage disputes. In 1998 Mr. Friedman joined Tatro, Coffino, Zeavin, Bloomgarden LLP in San Francisco, where his practice spanned a variety of commercial matters. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Friedman was a partner at Steefel, Levitt & Weiss, where his practice focused on land use and commercial litigation