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  • Jennifer L. Friedman, Of Counsel

    Jennifer Friedman

    Ms. Friedman is an experienced attorney with broad-based knowledge of many areas of law especially those relating to business entities. She has been first and second chair in federal court litigation involving patent infringement, trademark, trade secret and breach of contract disputes including in New York, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan. Ms. Friedman obtained a successful jury verdict in a breach of contract action in the first jury trial verdict in the Supreme Court Erie County Commercial Division. She has actively litigated commercial cases involving, among other things, breach of contract, corporate dissolution, trade secrets, minority shareholder issues, breach of covenants not to compete, breach of confidentiality agreements and breach of fiduciary duty. Ms. Friedman has significant experience in contract drafting and review.

    Ms. Friedman counsels small and large businesses and provides services on employment related matters. She provides counseling and advice on personnel issues, drafts and revises employee handbooks and policies and conducts internal investigations. She represents employers on employment discrimination matters including age, sex, race, national origin and disability claims.

    Ms. Friedman has extensive experience litigating patent and trademark disputes in various federal courts around the country. Ms. Friedman has authored numerous appellate briefs and has argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    Ms. Friedman has participated in numerous commercial, intellectual property and labor/employment mediations, arbitrations and settlement negotiations involving multimillion dollar claims. She also provides mediation/alternative dispute resolution services.

    Ms. Friedman is also well-versed in matrimonial law especially in complex matters involving business owners.

    Practice Areas

    • Commercial Civil Litigation
    • Labor and Employment Law
    • Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Litigation
    • Patent and Trademark Litigation
    • Trade Secret Litigation
    • Construction Defect Litigation
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation
    • Matrimonial

    Education

    • J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School
    • B.A., summa cum laude, University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York

    Honors

    • Cornell Law Alumni Achievement Award
    • CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) Excellence for the Future Award - Corporate Counsel
    • Highest Honors in Legal Studies
    • Highest Honors in English
    • University Presidential Honors Scholar
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • English Honors Program
    • Department Honors in Legal Studies
    • Dean's List - All Semesters
    • Buffalo Medallion
    • Dean's Achievement Award in the Faculty of Arts and Letters
    • Girl Scout Green Angel Volunteer Award

    Admissions

    • New York State Bar - 1998
    • United States District Court for the Western District of New York - 1998
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for Western District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeal for Federal Circuit

    Memberships

    • Erie County Bar Association - Intellectual Property, ADR, Labor Law, Matrimonial, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committees
    • American Bar Association
    • Western District of New York Local Rules Committee
    • Western District of New York Local Patent Rules Committee
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association - Former
    • New York State Bar Association - Former

    Community Service

    • Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara, Inc. - Member of Board of Directors - 2015-present
    • Girl Scout Leader - 2003-present
    • Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor - 2014-present
    • Lancaster Garden Club, 2005-present, Past President - 2007-2009, Past Vice President - 2009-2011
    • Paws for Love Pet Therapy Volunteer - 2015-present
    • SPCA of Erie County, Foster Parent - 2006-present