When financial services companies need a complex commercial or employment litigator with extensive experience, they turn to Brian Friedman. Steeped with industry knowledge, a master of facts, and an astute problem solver, Brian represents clients in investigations, courtrooms, mediations, and arbitrations, including FINRA arbitrations brought by customers or employees. Clients value Brian’s ability to turn complex factual and legal issues into compelling narratives and persuasive legal arguments. His clients include banks, broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, swap dealers, hedge funds, insurance brokers, and other leading financial institutions.
Brian also represents clients in a variety of complex disputes involving contracts, business torts, fiduciary duty, insurance, bankruptcy, real estate, and construction. Before determining a litigation strategy for a client, Brian gains a thorough understanding of the client’s business operations, needs, and goals. He provides each client with strategic, results-based solutions that minimize the total cost and business disruption inherent to litigation.
Clients also count on Brian to represent them in investigations and enforcement proceedings by federal and state agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Futures Association, securities and commodities exchanges, state securities regulators, and the New York State Office of the Attorney General.
For employers, Brian conducts internal investigations of employee complaints. He also represents employers in employment-related arbitrations and litigation. A trusted advisor, Brian counsels employers on hiring employees subject to restrictive covenants and provides advice on various regulatory and compliance issues.
Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Brian was a Senior Counsel at an international firm, where he was also a member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group and Securities Litigation Practice Group. Active in his community, Brian currently serves as the President of the Board of Education for the Irvington (NY) Union Free School District.