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Arthur J. Friedman

Partner
San Francisco
T: 415.774.2985
F: 415.403.6042

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas, 1992, with honors
  • B.A., Yale University, 1989, cum laude
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Overview
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Arthur J. Friedman is a litigation partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office.

 AREAS OF PRACTICE:

                Mr. Friedman’s practice encompasses land use and commercial litigation.  Mr. Friedman was recognized again this year, for the fifth consecutive year, as a Northern California Super Lawyer for environmental and business litigation.  Super Lawyers lists the top five percent of attorneys in a state or region who have attained a high level of recognition and professional achievement.

 Commercial Litigation:

                Mr. Friedman’s commercial litigation practice encompasses a broad range of complex contract disputes, including purchase and sale agreements for real property, goods or services, lease agreements, development agreements and insurance coverage/bad faith matters.  Earlier this year, he was co-lead counsel in obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict for his client in a breach of contract matter following a one-month trial.   He presently represents several large corporations, cities and small businesses in a variety of commercial litigation matters.

 Land Use Litigation:

                Mr. Friedman’s land use litigation practice broadly encompasses disputes under California’s Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), as well as disputes arising under California’s Subdivision Map Act, Housing Accountability Act, Brown Act and other statutes.  His land use practice also includes easement and eminent domain disputes.   For more than 15 years, Mr. Friedman has represented developers and public agencies in CEQA litigation throughout the state before trial courts and the courts of appeal.   Mr. Friedman was lead counsel for the Oakland Zoo in defeating CEQA challenges to the Zoo’s plan amendment.  He was lead counsel for the City of Sacramento in defeating CEQA challenges to the Sacramento Railyards Specific Plan, which the Daily Journal listed as among the “Top Defense Verdicts.”  He presently is defending CEQA litigation challenging various significant and high profile projects throughout Northern and Southern California.

                Mr. Friedman also provides consulting, peer reviews and independent investigations for public agencies.  His public agency clients include the cities of Sausalito, Los Altos and American Canyon.

                Mr. Friedman is a frequent speaker at professional conferences in California and throughout the United States.

  • Leading Environmental Practices Lawyer, The Recorder, 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Legal 500, 2010

Published Decisions

  • May v. City of Milpitas (2013) 217 Cal. App. 4th 1307
  • Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. City of Stockton (2012) 210 Cal. App. 4th 1484
  • Citizens for Open Government v. City of Lodi (2012) 205 Cal. App. 4th 296
  • Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. City of Stockton (2010) 48 Cal. 4th 481
  • County of Sacramento v. Superior Court (2009) 180 Cal. App. 4th 943
  • Gilroy Citizens for Responsible Planning vs. City of Gilroy (2006) 140 Cal. App. 4th 911
  • Preservation Action Council v. City of San Jose (2006) 141 Cal. App. 4th 1336
  • Bodega Bay Concerned Citizens vs. County of Sonoma (2005) 125 Cal. App. 4th 1061
  • Anderson First Coalition v. City of Anderson (2005) 130 Cal. App. 4th 1173
  • Schnall v. Hertz Corporation (2000) 78 Cal. App. 4th 1144
  • Aerojet-General Corporation v. Transport Indemnity Company(1997) 17 Cal. 4th 38

Articles

Publications

  • "Taking and Defending Expert Depositions," PLI Course Handbook Titled "Taking and Defending Depositions 2011".
  • "Analyzing Climate Change Under CEQA In A Climate Of Uncertainty," Real Property Law Vol. 30 (September 2007).

  • "The Use and Misuse of Motions to Stay the Project In CEQA Litigation," California Real Estate Journal (May 29, 2007).

  • "Attention Developers:  Your Tentative Map May Be in Jeopardy - Or May Have Expired," California Real Property Journal (Spring 2004)

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "Keep Up With The Latest CEQA Developments," Sheppard Mullin CEQA Breakfast Briefing (September 27, 2012)
  • "CEQA: Part II," Select Conference on Industry Litigation, Napa, CA (May 21, 2011)
  • "Taking and Defending Expert Depositions," Practising Law Institute's Taking and Defending Depositions, San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2010)
  • "Deposition Strategy," Practising Law Institute's Taking and Defending Depositions, San Francisco, CA (June 18, 2009)
  • "Policy Initiatives in California", Climate Change and Land Use Conference, Tarrytown, NY (May 5, 2008)
  • "AB 32," presented to American AgCredit, Santa Rosa, CA (2007)
  • "Climate Change and EIS's," CLE International Conference on Climate Change Law, Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (February 28-29, 2008)
  • "AB 32," Law Seminars International Conference on Climate Change Impacts On Land Use Planning and Project Approvals, White Plains, NY (May 5-6, 2008)

Events