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Gary B. Friedman

Gary B. Friedman

Friedman Law Group

New York, NY, USA


Gary B. Friedman is founding partner of Friedman Law Group LLP ("FLG"), a seven-lawyer litigation firm focusing on the representation of businesses and individuals in complex antitrust actions. In recent years, FLG has acted as national lead counsel, spearheading the efforts of some 20 law firms, on behalf of merchants in a series of antitrust class actions challenging certain anticompetitive policies of American Express.  FLG has also played  a leading role in prosecuting antitrust claims against Visa, MasterCard and many of their member banks on behalf of U.S. merchants, including a key role in the negotiation of the $7.2 billion settlement that has been proposed to the Court in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant-Discount Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y.). 

Friedman is a 1987 graduate of University of Chicago Law School.  He practiced at both Skadden, Arps and at Sidley & Austin, where he focused on complex antitrust and securities litigation and white collar criminal matters (plus a curious sideline representing Don King Productions in boxing industry contract disputes and negotiations.)  In 1996, he left large-firm defense practice to establish his own firm representing plaintiffs, mostly in civil rights cases. In 1999, representing an abused female officer, Friedman became the first attorney to ever successfully challenge the "code of silence" in the NYPD as an unlawful municipal custom under 42 U.S.C. §1983.  In 2002, his firm secured the largest-ever emotional distress jury verdict in a New York employment discrimination case. And Friedman likewise made the transition to the plaintiffs' side in the boxing industry, representing numerous champions and contenders in litigations and negotiations with promoters, HBO and others.

In recent years, in addition to his complex litigation practice at FLG, Friedman has published and spoken extensively on aggregate litigation in general and class action waivers in particular.  Most recently, along with co-author (and wife) Myriam Gilles, he published After Class: Aggregate Litigation In The Wake Of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 79 Univ. Chi. L. Rev. 623 (2012). 

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