GORDON S. FRIEDMAN
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1969)
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit (1968)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Civil Liberties Union
Cuyahoga County Public Defender Commission
The Innocence Project
The NORML Legal Committee
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
William K. Thomas Inns of Court
George Washington University, J.D. (1967)
Miami University, B.A. (1964)
State v. Lawrence, 44 Ohio St. 3d 24 1989
(death sentence reversed)
Jones v. Jago, 575 F.2d 1164, 6th Cir. 1978
(extends discovery in federal court)
Smith, et al. v. City of Lorain, et al., 857 F. Supp. 1203 (ND OH
Bhola v. State of Ohio, 143 Ohio App. 3d 644 (2001)
(verdict against state for homicide in state mental hospital)
As both a practicing Cleveland criminal defense attorney and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Gordon Friedman has developed a reputation as a defense attorney’s defense attorney. He has been involved in litigation that has changed substantive law in Ohio.
Through his brief and oral argument in State v. Lawrence, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed a capital death conviction and created a new standard for mental illness as a mitigating factor in capital cases.
Gordon often represents professionals charged with crimes and makes a concerted effort to fly below the radar screen of public attention to accomplish desired results in litigation.
In May 2014, Gordon Friedman was the first recipient of the Judge Richard Markus Adjunct Faculty Award at Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The award recognizes excellence in adjunct teaching and the importance of the practitioner-scholar perspective in law school education.
In 2009, Gordon Friedman received the Al Horn Memorial Award from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee for a "lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of criminal justice".
GORDON S. FRIEDMAN'S BIOGRAPHY
- Born in Cleveland, Ohio, January 4, 1942
- Assistant Cuyahoga County Public Defender, 1967-1970
- Director, Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, 1970-1972
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Associate Professor of Law, 1972-1976
Adjunct Professor of Law, 1976 - present
GORDON S. FRIEDMAN'S PEER REVIEW RATINGS
Gordon Friedman is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings standards with a 5.0 out of 5.0 Stars.