Stanley L. Friedman


Stanley L. Friedman has over 25 years litigation experience in business litigation, contract disputes and white collar crimes. Stanley is admitted to the Bars of the State of California and Nevada.  Stanley is graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, and has since been a fixture in the federal and state courts in Southern California. Stanley is a member of the Los Angeles County and American (White Collar Crime Committee, Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Committee), State Bar of California (Member, Criminal Law Advisory Commission), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, and the Los Angeles Criminal Justice Inn of Court (Master).

As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Friedman’s practice ran the entire gamut of criminal work, from conducting Grand Jury investigations, through trial and appeal, involving a variety of white collar criminal cases, including ones involving: Bank Fraud; Savings and Loan Fraud; Bankruptcy Fraud; Health Care Fraud; Customs violations; Insurance Fraud; Securities Fraud; Commodities Fraud; Investment Fraud (including Ponzi schemes, boiler rooms and telemarketing schemes); Embezzlement; Tax Crimes; Theft from ERISA Plans; Theft from Non-ERISA Pension Plans; Money Laundering; Credit Card Fraud; Counterfeiting of U.S. Currency and Securities, and; Advance Fee Schemes. As part of his duties, he was also appointed a magistrate for the governments of France and Hong Kong and conducted investigations on their behalf. For his work in spearheading a nationwide investigation and prosecution conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Department of Transportation and the Interstate Commerce Commission, which resulted in the convictions at trial of all defendants on all counts, he was given a commendation by a Congressional Commission.

Prior to his service as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Friedman clerked for The Honorable William P. Gray, United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California, and worked on high-profile tax, antitrust and organized crime cases.

Mr. Friedman has been certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a certified specialist in criminal law. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Friedman served on the State Bar of California Criminal Law Advisory Commission, which is the Commission responsible for all aspects of certifying and re-certifying attorneys as criminal law specialists, and served as its Chairman for the 2009 – 2010 term. Previously, he served as the Commission’s Vice Chairman and education representative in which he reviewed all materials submitted by providers throughout the State who sought to have their programs certified for continuing legal education credits for certified specialists in criminal law. Also, in the 2009 – 2010 term, Mr. Friedman was a member of the Rules Subcommittee of the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings, a highly rated lawyer evaluation organization, rates Mr. Friedman as “AV – Preeminent,” which is reserved for lawyers at the highest level of professional excellence. Similarly, Mr. Friedman has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters®, which reserves such ratings for the top 5% of all lawyers and is its highest ranking. American Lawyer Media, a legal publisher, recognizes Mr. Friedman as one of “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers.”

Through the years, Mr. Friedman has been counsel of record in many published decisions, in district courts, the California Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court involving preservation of rights and criminal law issues such as securities fraud, commodities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, social security fraud, gathering evidence in foreign countries and preservation of the attorney-client privilege.

Mr. Friedman has frequently appeared on national and local television and radio and has been quoted extensively in national and local print media. In recent years, Mr. Friedman has represented entertainment and political figures and has additionally advised them in regard to contact with the media and using media contacts to the client’s benefit.