Jonathan H. Friedman



Jonathan Friedman represents clients in a broad range of complex, high-stakes commercial litigation, as well as in enforcement proceedings before the SEC and self-regulatory organizations (SROs). He is a member of the firm’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices. He is also a member of the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Team. His recent litigation matters include the following:

  • Representing KPMG LLP in obtaining the dismissal of claims seeking over $1.1 billion based on allegedly insufficient audit work, along with an affirmance from the Delaware Supreme Court;
  • Representing Merrill Lynch in obtaining the dismissal of two lawsuits seeking over $300 million for alleged losses in the purchase of auction rate securities, along with an affirmance from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Representing an indenture trustee for over $1.4 billion in senior and subordinated notes in successfully challenging a corporate restructuring that had diverted assets securing those notes; and
  • Defending a real estate company in litigation with its former managers and obtaining the dismissal of claims seeking over $80 million in damages in connection with a disputed incentive agreement.

Jonathan also has extensive experience representing audit firms and their partners, officers and directors of public companies, securities broker-dealers and their employees and law firms and their partners in enforcement proceedings before the SEC and SROs.

As part of his pro bono practice, Jonathan has represented the Innocence Project in filing an amicus curiae brief with the Third Department Appellate Division that helped secure the freedom of a woman who had pleaded guilty based on scientific evidence that was later recognized as fraudulent.

In 2014 – 2016, Jonathan was selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists.

Jonathan received his J.D. from New York University (2005), where he served as a notes editor of the New York University Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College (2002).

He is admitted to the New York Bar, as well as to the bars of the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.