Bruce A. Friedman, Esq. is an accomplished dispute resolution professional who has mediated and settled a wide range of cases including class action matters and serves as an arbitrator and discovery referee.

Mr. Friedman began his neutral career in 2011 following 37 years as a trial lawyer handling cases in the areas of insurance, class action, professional liability, business, real estate, and entertainment. He was lead trial counsel in dozens of jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. He routinely represented clients in high-stakes litigation.

In 2013, Mr. Friedman was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top neutrals in California. He has been recognized by Chambers USA in insurance litigation and described as a “great strategist” with a broad commercial litigation practice. In 2012, Bruce was named as the Best Insurance Lawyer in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers in America.

Clients note that Mr. Friedman's background leads him to understand the complexities of business disputes and the leverage points on both sides of a case. He keeps the parties engaged, knows when to talk and when to listen and when to let the client have a cathartic moment. He is always prepared and thoroughly invested in a mediation even before it begins with pre-mediation calls and meetings. He understands where we are coming from having been in the trenches on the same kinds of cases that he is mediating. His demeanor is very conducive to effective mediation and he excels at being direct but diplomatic.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial Disputes
    • Mediated and arbitrated contract, partnership, joint venture, post-closing, dissolution, bankruptcy, and other business and commercial disputes

  • Class Actions
    • Mediated consumer class actions involving false advertising claims, RESPA, TCPA, Privacy, and other statutory claims
    • Mediated securities class action matters
    • Mediated wage and hour class action disputes

  • Employment
    • Mediated and arbitrated many disputes involving employment, discrimination, harrassment, and wage and hour class actions as litigator and mediator
    • Employment practices liability insurance disputes regarding discrimination, harassment and other related employment claims
    • Handled class action claims asserting age discrimination in employment as litigator and mediator
    • Numerous wrongful termination claims regarding pregnancy, disability, and harassment
    • Numerous sexual harassment cases involving law firms, entertainment companies, and hospitality establishments

  • Entertainment
    • Mediated and arbitrated disputes involving the financing, production, distribution, bonding, and insurance of film and television productions and profit disputes between studios and talent

  • Insurance
    • Mediated and arbitrated coverage disputes involving issues arising under CGL, D&O, Professional Liability, EPL, Surety, Fidelity, Entertainment, Property, Life, and Disability policies
    • Handled case involving the California Commissioner of Insurance in insurance insolvency proceedings and litigation disputes
    • Involved in several insurance cases involving brokers, agents, and managing general agents in insurance business disputes

  • Professional Liability/Malpractice
    • Mediated and arbitrated legal malpractice actions
    • Mediated and arbitrated professional liability claims involving accountants, realtors, insurance brokers/agents, stock brokers, investment advisors, and professional trustees

  • Real Estate
    • Mediated buyer/seller/broker disputes
    • Mediated real estate disputes, including specific performance, title insurance, mortgage, and other real estate matters, such as development and finance
    • Arbitrated individual, limited partnership and tenant-in-common (TIC) disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2014 to present
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, 2004-2012
    • Recognized as a “Rising Star,” California’s Top 50 Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2013
    • Leading Lawyer in Insurance: Insurer Firms, California, Chambers USA, 2004-2012
    • Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles, Best Lawyers, 2012
    • Leading Lawyer in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Law, Best Lawyers, 2005-2012

  • Memberships and Professional Affiliations
    • Mediator on the Mediation Panel, USDC, Central District of California, 2012-2017
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration Advocacy, University of Southern California Law School, 2017
    • Contributing Editor, Rutter Group Insurance Litigation
    • Arbitrator, Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), 2013-2016
    • Member on Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, and Fidelity and Surety Law, American Bar Association Litigation Section and TIPS Section, 1985-present
    • Board of Directors, Public Counsel, 2003-2007
    • President and member of the Board of Trustees, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 1989-2006
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Paragon International Insurance Brokers, Lloyds of London, 1996-2002
    • President and member of the board, Hope-Net, an interfaith and homeless charity, 1989-2001
    • Top 10 plaintiff’s verdicts in California, 1996
    • President and Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1987-1995

  • ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Partner and Co-Chair, Complex Litigation Department, Bingham McCutchen, 2007-2012
  • Partner, Managing Partner, General Counsel, Chair of Litigation Department, Alschuler Grossman, 1995-2007
  • The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2011
  • J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., with honors, Claremont McKenna College