Peter Friedman is both an experienced counselor and a seasoned commercial
litigator (U.S. federal courts, and ADR globally), primarily in commercial and copyright matters.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Friedman graduated magna cum laude
from Brown University in 1981 (with a double concentration in both Ancient
Greek and Latin), and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984.
Between 1984 and 1996, he worked as a litigator in New York City, first as a
shareholder at Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. and later as a partner at
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
He has represented clients in the
areas of securities, banking, environmental law, transportation,
trademark, and legislative affairs. While his litigation work focuses on
federal courts, he has significant experience in private mediations and
arbitrations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Since 1996, Mr. Friedman has been a member of the faculty at Case
Western Reserve University School of Law, where he has taught courses in
legal practice, legal analysis and writing, civil procedure, and
contracts. He has also taught international students and lawyers enrolled
in Case Western's LL.M program in International Legal Studies, the
University of Amsterdam's Masters of Law Program in European Private
Law, and the University of Windsor in Canada.
in copyright law came to increased public attention with the launching of
his blog "What is Fair Use?" in 2008. In Ruling
Imagination: Law and Creativity, he continues to cover intellectual
property issues as well as a wide range of subjects of interest to the
global business community.
He lives in his hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio.