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Philip Freidin

Philip Freidin

Miami, Florida

Philip Freidin is a highly successful civil trial attorney who began practicing in his native hometown of Miami in 1969. He has obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He has litigated and tried more than 200 personal injury and wrongful death cases, including medical malpractice, and auto accidents.

In 1989, Phil earned Florida Bar Board Certification, the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar, for the competency and experience of a civil trial attorney. He was designated a Board Certified Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates in 1995-2008. Phil is profiled in The Best Lawyers in America, included in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is consistently recognized in the annual Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, Florida Trend's Legal Elite and the South Florida Legal Guide as one of Florida's top personal injury attorneys.

In the landmark case West v. Caterpillar, Phil helped establish Florida's doctrine of Strict Product Liability which now allows consumers to hold manufacturers and sellers of defective products liable without proof of negligence. This 1975 decision permanently changed Florida Law and is a major case of study in Florida Law Schools.

Phil received national coverage on Goode v. Walt Disney World. This landmark case solidified the responsibility that amusement parks have to their patrons to provide a safe environment. The case resulted in the highest jury award ever entered against any Disney park to that date.

A recognized expert in the law, Phil has lectured before hundreds of professional bar and trial organizations across the United States on personal injury trial tactics and strategy. He has been active in many legal and community organizations holding leadership positions. Most recently he was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Complex Litigation by the Chief Justice.

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1989
  • Board Certified Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocates, 1995
  • Appointed to the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The term begins April 24, 2008 and ends July 1, 2011.

Areas of Practice

  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam
  • Auto Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1970


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1969
  • University of Florida
    • B.D. - 1966

Representative Cases

  • West v. Caterpillar
  • Goode v. Walt Disney World
  • Harris v. P.T. Petrocorp


  • Lecturer, How to Handle the Tricky Situations - Juror Misconduct, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer, The Difficult Judge, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer, Motions for Mistrial, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer, Improper Conduct By Counsel, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer, Improper Conduct By Witnesses, and Much More, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer, Opening Statements, Florida Justice Association Fall Convention Advanced Trial Skills, 2006
  • Lecturer, Proof and Argument of Damages for Mental Pain and Anguish, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2006
  • Lecturer, The Latest Approaches to Medical Malpractice, Florida Justice Association Fall Convention Advanced Trial Seminar, 2006
  • Lecturer, Deposing Defense Medical Experts, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2005
  • Lecturer, Opening Statements, Opening Statements and Closing Arguments Series, Florida Justice Association, 2005
  • Lecturer, Deposing Defense Medical Experts (on Liability) in Medical Malpractice Cases, Florida Justice Association, 2005
  • Instructor, Legal Writing, Nova School of Law, 1978

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2007 - 2015
  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death ? Plaintiff, 2001 - 2015
  • Super Lawyers-Personal Injury Plaintiff/Medical Malpractice, 2012
  • Super Lawyers Annual List of Top 100 Attorneys in Miami-Dade County, Florida (Personal Injury Medical Malpractice)
  • Super Lawyers (Top 100: Miami - 2011), 2006 - 2015
  • Daily Business Review's 2008 Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida- Personal Injury (Finalist)
  • Best Lawyer in America -- Medical Malpractice
  • Florida Super Lawyers -- Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite -- Top 2% of Attorneys in Florida
  • Martindale Hubbell's -- AV Rating
  • Miami Metro's Top Lawyers
  • Avvo rating of 10 ? Superb
  • Super Lawyers 2006 ? 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Dade County Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
  • Florida Justice Association, Member
  • Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice's Task Force on Complex Litigation, Member
  • Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • Miami-Dade Justice Association, Former Board of Directors
  • Florida Bar Judicial, Former Chairman, Nominating Procedures Committee
  • Florida Justice Association, Former President
  • Florida Justice Association, Vice President
  • Florida Justice Association, Treasurer
  • Florida Justice Association, Secretary
  • Supreme Court of Florida Task Force on Management of Complex Cases, Appointed Member, 2007
  • Dade County's MADD Chapter, Member
  • Governor Chiles' Task Force on Preventing Elderly Abuse, Member
  • Chief Justice Barkett's 21st Century Planning Committee, Former Member
  • State of Florida Legislature Elderly Long Term Care, Former Task Force Member
  • Dade County Judicial Nominating Commission, Chairman
  • Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, Vice Chairman
  • The Florida Bar, Chairman, Grievance Committee
  • Florida Justice Association, Board of Director
  • Dade County's MADD Chapter, Board of Directors
  • JNC - Southern District, Member
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