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Harold J. Friedman

Harold J. Friedman

Senior Counsel

Maine, U.S.A.

tel: (207) 774 4000
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Harold represents corporations and individuals in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including director and officer liability, antitrust, and construction defects. Harold is often retained by international insurers to "parachute in" as trial counsel in catastrophic loss cases just days or weeks before trial. Likewise, he frequently represents product manufacturers in serious injury matters involving machinery.

Harold successfully represented the government of Mexico and migrant Mexican farm workers against the leading egg producer in the United States in a landmark class action matter alleging race discrimination and civil rights violations. A former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, he now defends complex white collar criminal charges, including matters involving the sales of weapons to foreign nations and the importation of biological material.

Prior to joining Verrill, Harold operated his own practice as the founding partner of Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf. Harold has tried more than 100 cases to juries throughout the United States. More than three decades later, trying the highest-profile and most complex cases is still his passion. He was honored to be one of just 500 lawyers worldwide inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

A native of Detroit, Harold lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, Mary Mitchell Friedman, an attorney. They have three grown children. His daughter Sara, an aspiring singer and actress, is a student at the Tisch School of Performing Arts in New York. Anna is a litigation paralegal in Boston, and Douglas is a former professional hockey player. Harold also enjoys reading about foreign affairs and tries his hand at skiing, fly-fishing, and golf.

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York


  • Boston University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Wayne State University  (B.A.)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Northern New England Defense Counsel Association
  • Federal Court Advisory Panel for the Implementation of the Civil Justice Reform Act

Professional Activities and Experience

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: General Commercial
  • Named a Local Litigation Star for Insurance, Product Liability and White Collar Crime by Benchmark Litigation
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants in Portland, Maine
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 by New England Super Lawyers©
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Business Litigation and General Litigation

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.


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