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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
NEW YORK, NY 10006
United States


Lawrence B. Friedman is a partner based in the New York office. Mr. Friedman’s practice focuses on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration, including in such fields as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, international banking, and marketing and licensing agreements, and in disputes concerning intellectual property infringement and misappropriation. Mr. Friedman has particularly extensive experience in counseling clients in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration.


Mr. Friedman joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1991.


Mr. Friedman is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York. He was the inaugural chair of the International Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and was Secretary of the Association’s Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Legal Profession.


Mr. Friedman received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1982, and an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1979. Mr. Friedman also served as law clerk to the Honorable Charles P. Sifton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a preeminent firm for financial services litigation and also maintains a broad and busy commercial litigation practice, representing domestic and multinational corporations and financial institutions. Carmine BoccuzziLawrence Friedman and Jonathan Blackman secured a victory for BNP Paribas at the DC Circuit when it affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a complaint against the company brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act. In recent developments, Joon Kim returned to the firm after serving as Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Abena MainooRahul Mukhi and Washington DC-based Alexis Collins were promoted to partner. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in New York, where Thomas MoloneyMeredith Kotler and Rishi Zutshi are also located.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is ‘an outstanding group’, comprising ‘passionate lawyers with practical experience‘ in the arbitration space. The team acted for the Russian Federation on several successful matters, which included the annulment of arbitral awards totaling up to $50bn. Other highlights included representing Telecom Italia in a $15bn ICC arbitration, which was led by ‘absolute leaderJohn Blackman, who divides time between the New York and London offices. In particular, Blackman is noted for his ‘second to none approach in delivering the right message to the bench‘. Washington DC-based Matthew Slater and Carmine Boccuzzi represented the Republic of Argentina in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Argentina-Italy bilateral investment treaty. Also recommended are Lawrence Friedman, David G. Sabel (who splits his time between New York and London) and Ari MacKinnon, who is noted for Latin American-facing mandates. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

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Lawrence Friedman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s reputable practice group claims the world’s leading corporations, financial institution, sovereigns, and senior executives as its clients. Carmine Boccuzzi and John Blackman are defending a consortium of banks, which include the National Westminster Bank, Credit Lyonnais, Commerzbank and BNP Paribas in several different lawsuits under the US Anti-Terrorism Act, spanning three different US district courts. Elsewhere in the banking space, Lawrence Friedman was part of a team that advised global banks such as HSBC on the defense of matters arising from the Bernie Madoff scandal. Other key contacts in New York include Jeffrey Rosenthal and Howard Zelbo, while Washington DC-based contacts include securities litigator Jared Gerber, and Matthew Slater, who regularly acts for foreign governments. Nowell Bamberger in Washington DC was made partner, as was Rahul Mukhi, who is recommended for his expertise in cyber security.