Friedman & Wittenstein

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Phone:(212) 750-8700 ex. 4217
Fax:(212) 223-8391

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Practice Areas

·Intellectual Property
·Corporate, Transactional, and Business Law
·Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
·Employment and Executive Compensation

Stuart  I. Friedman


Mr. Friedman is an experienced trial lawyer and a co-founder of the firm. In his more than 35 years of practice, Mr. Friedman has represented clients in virtually every type of complex, commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, including federal, state, administrative, and international trials, arbitrations and hearings. In addition to his principal litigation activities, Mr. Friedman also maintains an active counseling practice. Mr. Friedman's areas of substantive expertise are antitrust, securities, intellectual property and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. Friedman's varied litigation experience includes a multi-week, complex patent-antitrust jury trial; a patent infringement and damages bench trial that extended over a year and a half and resulted in a favorable award of over $200 million; international hearings before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague; an UNCITRAL (international) trial involving a complex software and development transaction between corporations in Europe and the United States; numerous state administrative trials involving the agriculture and dairy industries; a federal administrative trial before the Merit Systems Protection Board against the Federal Aviation Administration; a federal bench trial involving the sale and transport of Nigerian crude oil; various preliminary injunction hearings, including patent infringement, antitrust, contested broadcast rights, and other contractual disputes; and appellate arguments involving Constitutional, patent, antitrust, administrative and procedural issues.

Mr. Friedman has appeared and/or tried cases in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, California, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and has argued appeals before the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second and Federal Circuits, the New York Court of Appeals, and the intermediate appellate courts of New York and New Jersey.

The clients Mr. Friedman has represented include well-known corporations and entities such as Haworth, Inc., The American Stock Exchange, The New York Board of Trade, Total Petrochemicals USA, Farmland Dairies, Samsung, Priceline WebHouse, the United States Squash Rackets Association and the Boomer Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as extensive experience in complex commercial litigation for private equity firms, numerous private companies, associations and individuals. Among Mr. Friedman's many cases, he has represented clients in disputes involving patent licensing systems and intellectual property rights in the textile and yarn industry; the firing of air traffic controllers by the FAA under the Reagan Administration; the broadcast rights of the Tour de France bicycle race; the size and types of permissible sailing vessels in the America's Cup Race; the electric system utilized in movable walls of office furniture; the software and computer platforms of electronic trading on registered United States stock exchanges; the nationalization of businesses in Iran following the Iranian revolution; the application of the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution to corporate pleas of nolo contendere; alleged price fixing in the bread and dairy industries; damage to an oil tanker by fire on the high seas; the intellectual property rights to the listing and trading of exchange traded funds on securities exchanges; and international licensing and patent rights in the semi-conductor computer chip industry.

In the area of Sports Law, Mr. Friedman currently serves as the outside General Counsel of the National Lacrosse League, the professional indoor lacrosse league in the United States and Canada. Mr. Friedman has also represented executives, coaches, players and broadcasters of various professional sports teams and leagues, including the representation of a leading figure in the FIFA investigations.

On the counseling and transactional side, Mr. Friedman has represented clients in international joint ventures, licensing and compliance projects involving European, South American and Asian jurisdictions and laws. Mr. Friedman has also developed and conducted compliance and corporate "best practices" programs, including on-line instructional and inter-active presentations, in the areas of antitrust, unfair trade practices, intellectual property and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. Friedman has regularly lectured and provided accredited CLE courses in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and legal ethics, and has also spoken to business groups in Europe and the United States on the comparative antitrust laws of the United States and various legal systems in Europe, South America and Asia.

Mr. Friedman graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University in 1973 and The George Washington University Law School in 1976, where he was elected to the Law Review and was the author of a note entitled "The Capacity of a Foreign Government to Bring an Action for Treble Damages Under the Federal Antitrust Laws."

Mr. Friedman has received the highest "AV" Martindale-Hubbell peer rating continuously for over 30 years.

Bar Admissions

New York, 1977
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1986
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2006


George Washington University, J.D., 1976
Member, George Washington Law Review, 1975-76

Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1973