Benjamin E. Friedman is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Friedman’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation.
- Shea Homes, Inc. in obtaining a denial of class certification in a lawsuit brought by homeowners alleging the company misrepresented the construction quality of its homes in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.
- Transocean, a drilling company, in civil and criminal litigation arising from the April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This case was named one of the “most fascinating big business cases of 2014” by American Lawyer.
Mr. Friedman maintains an active pro bono practice. He successfully obtained asylum for a 16-year-old Honduran national and obtained a dismissal of the complaint in a landlord-tenant dispute. Mr. Friedman advises the Partnership Scholars Program, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship for academically motivated but economically disadvantaged students, and serves on its Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles in October 2011, Mr. Friedman clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated first in his class from UCLA School of Law, where he twice received the Lawrence E. Irell Prize for the highest grade point average after the first and second years. He served as a senior editor on the UCLA Law Review.
Mr. Friedman has a master of fine arts in cinema-television production from USC and worked for several years in the film industry, primarily in sound design and recording. He also taught English as a second language to adult students in East Los Angeles.