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Paul D. Friedman

Of Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul practices in the areas of significant personal injury, wrongful death, ethics and professional malpractice. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Medical and Research Ethics at Midwestern University and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine where he instructed health care providers and graduate students in the medical field. Additionally, he authored the manual and taught attorneys and forensic experts in the Certified Forensic Consultant® program with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Paul is a nationally recognized expert and speaker in the area of bioethics and legal ethics.

He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 (Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction), where he was admitted to the academic honorary society Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from California Western School of Law in 1989 (Juris Doctorate Cum Laude). He served as an editor of the California Western Law Review-International Law Journal and was the chief editor of the California Western Directory. He received a post-doctoral master’s degree in bioethics in 2004 (Master of Arts in Bioethics), where he graduated with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Paul received a doctorate in philosophy involving business, legal and medical ethics at LaCrosse University (2006).

Paul was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1989, the State Bar of Colorado in 1992, the District of Columbia and the Federal Bar in 2004. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Arizona, the United States District Court of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  He has served on various Boards for the Arizona Supreme Court including the Board of Legal Document Preparers and was recently appointed by Chief Justice Bales to the Legal Services Task Force.  Additionally, Paul has been an Attorney Panel Member of the Arizona Disciplinary Panel since its formation in 2011 and has served as a Disciplinary Settlement Conference Officer since 2016.  Paul has also served on the Arizona State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee since 2012.

Paul is rated AV® Preeminent™ (the highest rating) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is rated Superb 10.0/10.0 (the highest rating) by AVVO.  He was first named as a Superlawyer® in 2007 and Best Lawyers in America© in 2016.

Paul is a Board Certified Pre-Trial and Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and is Board Certified by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. Paul is also an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Wrongful Death

Ethics and Professional Malpractice

National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2019

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

AVVO®, Highest Distinction of Superb 10.0 Attorney Rating

Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-2019

Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2010-2019

Phoenix Magazine, Top Attorney's in Arizona, 2010 and 2013-2018

National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Arizona Trial Lawyers, 2011-2019

American Academy of Trial Attorneys Premier 100 Civil Trial Attorneys, 2015

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best Attorneys in Arizona, 2014

Arizona Magazine, Top Attorney's in Arizona, 2010-2012

North Valley Magazine, The Valley's Top Lawyers 2012

Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2010-2012

Premiere 100 Civil Trial Lawyers by the National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2016

Premiere 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015

The American Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Arizona Trial Lawyers, 2010

Special Assistant to the Arizona Attorney General for the State of Arizona, 1997-2000

Who's Who in America, 2001

Who's Who of Professionals, 1996

Who's Who in American Universities, 1985

Distinguished Fraternity Members of America, 1985

Phi Beta Kappa, 1985

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2004

District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Inactive), 2004

United States Supreme Court, 2003

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993

Colorado State Supreme Court (Inactive), 1992

District Court of Arizona, 1989

Arizona State Supreme Court, 1989

Arizona Department of Real Estate, 1986 and 2004

B.A., 1985, University of Arizona, with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

J.D. 1989, California Western School of Law, Juris Doctorate Cum Laude

M.A. 2004, College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ph.D. 2006, LaCrosse University, Philosophy/Business, Legal and Medical Ethics, Magna Cum Laude

Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Hearing Settlement Officer, 2016

City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board, 2015

Lawyers of Distinction Board of Advisors, 2015

National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, 2014

Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association, 2014

Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners®, 2014

Certified Instructor with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014

Certified Forensic Consultant® with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, 2014

Certified/Re-Certified Civil Practice Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2012 and 2017

American Board of Trial Advocates, 2012

Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Performance Review, 2012

Arizona State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee, 2012

The Arizona Bioethics Network, 2012

Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Hearing Panels, Acting Presiding Disciplinary Judge

North American Brain Injury Society, 2010

The American College of Forensic Examiners, 2009
* Legal Advisory Board, 2012
* Certified Forensic Consultant®, 2014
* Certified Instructor, 2014
* Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners®, 2014

Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2009

Arizona Supreme Court Board of Legal Document Preparers – Attorney Member, 2007

Arizona Supreme Court Board of Legal Document Preparers – Vice Chair, 2012

Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2007

Certified/Re-Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/ National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2005, 2010, and 2015

National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, 2005

Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2004

District of Columbia Bar, 2004

Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, 2004

American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2004

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 2004

American Society of Human Genetics, 2004

National Association of Realtors®, 2004

American Association of Justice, 1998
* Advocate Status, 2007

American Bar Association, 1997
* Section Member of Health Law, 2004-2012
* Medical Research, Biotechnology, and Clinical Ethics Interest Group, 2011-2012
* Center for Professional Responsibility, 2006-2012

Colorado State Bar Association, 1991

Maricopa County Bar Association, 1989
* Medico-Legal Committee Chairperson, 2000

State Bar of Arizona, 1989
* Section Member of Trial Practice, 2002

Previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Instructor with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

“Cross-Examination and Redirect – Focus on Experts and Evidence” for National Business Institute [NBI], 2018

“Pain and Suffering Damages: Legal Ethics” for National Business Institute [NBI], 2018

“Social Media Use and other Complex Jury Issues” for National Business Institute [NBI], 2018

“Calculating Brain Injury Damages” for National Business Institute [NBI], 2017

“Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys” for National Business Institute, 2017

Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge, CRC Press© copyright 2016

“An Expert’s Honor Is Not An Oxymoron”, The Forensic Examiner, 2014

“A New Professionalism for Arizona Attorneys: The Elimination of ‘Zealous’ Representation with the Foundation of Civility and Fairness”, Phoenix Law Review (2013, Vol. 1:58).

“There is No Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis”, Desert Lawyers News, 2011

“Medical Malpractice: A View From The Trenches” © copyright 2008

“Win-At-All-Cost Litigation: States Reconsider the Damage Done by ‘Zealous’ Representation”, Lawyers USA, Issue 2008 LUSA 401

“The Model Rules for Corporate Counsel Ethics”, 2008

“The Ethics of Witness Preparation”, Lawyers USA, 2008 LUSA 93

“Should The Many Suffer For The Bad Few?” EDUKIDS, 2006

“Lessons for Life” EDUKIDS, 2006

“Morality And Ethics: An Analysis of Medical, Legal And Business Ethics From A Casuist Perspective” © copyright 2006

“The Etiology of Bioethics” © copyright 2006

“Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health” © copyright 2006 including PowerPoint® Presentation, 2006

"Broker Policies Manual” for Attorneys Realty, L.L.C.” © copyright 2006

“Medical Ethics and Legal Issues Regarding End Of Life Concerns” © copyright 2006 including PowerPoint® Presentation

“Ethical Issues in Tort Reform and Medical Malpractice” © copyright 2005 including PowerPoint® Presentation

Webinar on Jury Selection for National Business Institute [NBI], December 14, 2018.

"Advanced Trial Tactics” for National Business Institute [NBI], May 11, 2018.

"Personal Injury Damages in Personal Injury” for National Business Institute [NBI], March 23, 2018.

“Voire Dire and Jury Selection” for National Business Institute [NBI], February 23, 2018.

“Traumatic Brain Injury Cases: Doctor and Attorney Perspectives” for National Business Institute [NBI], March 31, 2017.

Certified Forensic Consultant® Course for the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute at the National Floor Safety Institute, May 20, 2016.

Certified Forensic Consultant® Course for the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, December 4, 2015.

Certified Forensic Consultant® Course including Mock Trial for the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, August 8, 2015.

"How to Take Witness Statements and How to Testify as an Expert” for the Southwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators, Inc., March 15, 2014.

“Professionalism: Staying Off of the State Bar’s Radar Screen” for the West Valley Bar, September 20, 2010.

“Special Topics in Ethics -Thesis Projects” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, March 2010 - June 2010.

“Physical Medicine and Psychological Therapy Ethics” at the Fronske Health Center at Northern Arizona University, November 18, 2009.

“Religion & Ethics” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, November 2009 - February 2010.

“Contemporary Bioethics in the Media” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, June 2009 - August 2009.

“Medical Malpractice: A View From The Trenches” at Midwestern University, October 14, 2008.

“Medicine and the Law” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, August 2008 - November 2008.

“Proper Techniques for Expert or Provider Testimony” to the Arizona State University Graduate School of Nursing, April 29, 2008.

“Evolving Legal Issues for 2008” to the Corporate Counsel Forum, April 16, 2008.

“How to Prevent Bad Medicine” to the Arizona State University Downtown Graduate School of Nursing, October 30, 2007.

“Medical Ethics and the Law” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, August 2007 - November 2007.

“Rules and Regulations for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners” to the Arizona State University Graduate School of Nursing, December 5, 2006.

“The Etiology of Bioethics” to Glendale Community College Nursing Program, June 14, 2006.

“Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health” to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, May 5, 2006.

“Bioethics and the Law” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, November 2005-February 2006.

“Interpretation of the Law Regarding Medical Issues” to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, October 29, 2005.

“Contemporary Readings in Bioethics” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, June 2005 - August 2005.

“Foundations of Bioethics” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, April 25, 2005.

“Ethical Issues of Tort Reform and Medical Malpractice” to the Western States Osteopathic Conference, April 16, 2005.

“Research Ethics” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, February 2004 - May 2004.

“Medical Ethics and the Law” at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, December 2003-February 2004.

“Bioethics & How To Keep Your Medical/Psychological Practice Out of Court” for a Symposium of National Mental Healthcare Providers, September 14, 2001.

“Ethical Issues for Civil Trial Attorneys” by the State Bar of Arizona, April 24, 1998.

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 February 13, 2019

Biker Swallowed By Sinkhole

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Firefighters

 February 8, 2019

Burg Simpson Seeks to Protect West Metro Firefighters From Getting Burned

Brian Matise and Nelson Boyle at Burg Simpson are representing the engineers, fire investigators, and firefighters from the West Metro Fire District as part of a class action lawsuit. The complaint claims the department mishandled roughly $1.8 million in a retiree health account. Attorney Brian Matise said, “The brave men and women of the West… Read more »

Workers' Compensation

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Nick Fogel, a Burg Simpson shareholder and the practice group leader of the firm’s workers’ compensation team, was quoted in a recent article published by U.S. News. Mr. Fogel discussed how employees risk medical uncertainty and serious financial consequences when their employer does not possess the required workers’ compensation insurance. To view the article in… Read more »

 February 15, 2019

Sunset Mesa Body Broker Case on One-Year Anniversary of FBI Raid.

BURG SIMPSON Files Suit for 64 Grieving Families in Sunset Mesa Body Broker Case on One-Year Anniversary of FBI Raid. On February 4, 2019, the firm filed a lawsuit in Montrose, Colorado on behalf of sixty-four grieving families against Megan M. Hess, the owner of both Sunset Mesa Funeral Home and the Donor Services body-donation… Read more »

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 February 14, 2019

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 February 14, 2019

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When you purchase an insurance policy, it is expected that your insurance company will provide the policy coverage in case of an accident.  Unfortunately, insurance carriers frequently fail to pay the benefits they promised they would, or they fail to pay promptly and in the proper amounts. These actions by the insurance company could be classified… Read more »

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 February 14, 2019

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Medical errors are increasing in this country. Medical malpractice typically takes place when a surgeon, hospital, or other health care professional strays from the standard practices of their profession, which then results in the serious harm or death of a patient. While patients place trust and their lives in the hands of these medical professionals, medical… Read more »

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