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George H. Friedman

FINRA Dispute Resolution
Executive Vice President and Director of Arbitration
New York, NY, USA


George H. Friedman is Executive Vice President, Dispute Resolution at FINRA. He held the same title at NASD, which consolidated with NYSE Member Regulation to form FINRA in 2007. In this capacity, he is in overall charge of FINRA's dispute resolution program, carried out by the company's four regional offices.

In his dispute resolution career that began more than 30 years ago, he previously held a variety of positions of responsibility at the American Arbitration Association, most recently as Senior Vice President from 1994 to 1998. He joined NASD in 1998 as Senior Vice President of NASD's Dispute Resolution Division, and was named Executive Vice President in 2002.

Mr. Friedman received a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College, and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School - Newark, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is also a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional.  Mr. Friedman is a member of several bar associations, and is past chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution of the New York County Lawyers Association. He serves as a mentor in FINRA's staff mentoring program, and Fordham Law School's adjunct faculty mentoring program. He currently serves as secretary of the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration.

Mr. Friedman has lectured extensively on the subject of alternative dispute resolution, and has the distinction of being one of the architects of the Due Process Protocols for both employment arbitration and health care dispute resolution. He has published often, with articles appearing in the New York Law Journal, the Rutgers Law Review, and the National Law Journal, among others. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he has taught a course on alternative dispute resolution since 1996.

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