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Ian Friedman is a Principal at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA where he chairs the Criminal, White Collar & Cyber Practice Group.  He has earned a fierce reputation for successfully defending individuals and organizations in complex criminal and white collar matters. Based in Cleveland, he has served as counsel across Ohio, the United States and internationally. He is a frequent lecturer, author, commentator, and expert witness called upon to address important legal issues. In addition to his practice, Mr. Friedman is an adjunct professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches Computers & Criminal Law.


Having tried in excess of 250 jury cases to verdict, Mr. Friedman was inducted into the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers in 2010. He was named the first ever “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. That same year, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association bestowed upon him the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award for his ethical contributions and professional conduct in the legal profession. The Cleveland State University Alumni Association honored Mr. Friedman as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, Legal.


Mr. Friedman is regarded as the driving force and chief architect behind the transformation of the Ohio criminal justice system in what became commonly known as “Open Discovery” reform. As a result of his effort, accused persons in Ohio must now be provided all evidence intended to be introduced by the government against them at trial. Mr. Friedman has been routinely named in the “Best Lawyers in America”, Ohio Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and Inside Business Magazine as a leading criminal defense lawyer. 


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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    20 years, 5 thousand cases



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  • Daniel Adam Baron

    Ian Friedman is one of the most well respected criminal defense lawyers in Ohio. He is an invaluable resource in the legal community and I would recommend him to anyone. If I needed a lawyer - he's who I would call.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Ian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.

1360 East 9th Street
Suite 650
Cleveland, OH, 44114


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer - Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in America2015
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top 50 Cleveland LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Top 100 Ohio LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Top 100 Ohio LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Top 50 Cleveland LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Significant SigSigma Chi Fraternity2014
Top 100 Ohio LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Top 50 Cleveland LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
President's Service AwardCleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association2013
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Cleveland LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Ohio LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2012
Distinguished AlumnusCleveland State University Alumni Association2011
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2011
Congratulations for Service, Leadership and Career AchievementsCity of Cleveland2011
Lawyer of the YearOhio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2011
Northeast Ohio's Leading LawyersInside Business Magazine2010
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist AwardCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association2010
Champion of Justice AwardOhio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Certificate of Recognition For Open Discovery EffortThe Supreme Court of Ohio2010
Ohio Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
President's AwardOhio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Northeast Ohio's Leading LawyersInside Business Magazine2009
Leading Criminal LawyerInside Business Magazine2008
President's AwardOhio Association of Criminal Defense lawyers2008
Top 20 ProfessionalsCleveland Jewish News2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyer's Association2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2007
President's AwardOhio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2007
President's AwardOhio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006
President's AwardOhio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2005
Outstanding ServiceAmerican Civil Liberties Union2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorCleveland-Marshall College of Law2007 - Present
PrincipalMcCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA2014 - 2015
PrincipalFriedman & Frey, L.L.C.2012 - 2014
Adjunct ProfessorUrsuline College2005 - 2008
PartnerIan N. Friedman & Associates, LLC1998 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Tax Law SectionNominating Committee2015 - 2015
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawPast President - Alumni Association2014 - 2014
American Board of Criminal LawyersBoard of Governors2013 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationBill 59 Opposition Committee Co-Chair2013 - 2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationNew Lawyer Boot Camp Chair2013 - Present
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni AssociationPresident2012 - 2013
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawPresident- Alumni Association2012 - 2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationExecutive Board2011 - 2014
News Certified ExchangeNational Cybercrimes Writer2011 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Liaison to Criminal Justice Subcommittee2011 - 2011
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2011 - 2013
Ohio State Bar Association FoundationFellow2010 - 2010
American Bar FoundationFellow2010 - Present
American Board of Criminal LawyersFellow2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Sub-section2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationCyber Crime Committee2009 - Present
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawBoard of Trustees - Continuing Legal Education2009 - 2012
American Bar AssociationDefense Function Committee2009 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2008 - 2009
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersChampion Magazine Advisory Board2008 - Present
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationOhio Jury Instructions, Subcommittee on Sex Offenses2007 - 2009
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationCertified Grievance Committee2007 - 2008
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationJudicial Candidate Rating Coalition2007 - 2007
Ohio State Bar AssociationJury Instructions Committee2007 - 2009
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawCriminal Justice Advisory Board2007 - 2010
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident-Elect2007 - 2008
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawMembership Committee - Alumni Association2006 - 2008
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2006 - 2007
Cleveland Marshall College of LawMentor Program2006 - 2009
Jewish FederationCommittee Chairperson, Young Leadership Division2006 - 2008
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawBoard of Trustees - Alumni Association2006 - 2012
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMembership Chairman2005 - 2007
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationTrial Committee2005 - 2006
Ursuline CollegeCurriculum Advisory Board2005 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member2004 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Family Transitional HousingBoard of Directors2001 - 2004
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. _______Not Guilty
State v. _______Not Guilty
State v. _________Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalA Guide for Developing a Corporate Response to a Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum2014
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalDoes the Right to Remain Silent Begin with Talking Away? Pre-Arrest Silence Post Salinas v. Texas2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalThe Spirit of Ohio Criminal Rule 16 Has Cuyahoga County Embraced It?2012
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases: The Second Prong2012
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The VindicatorTen Commonly Asked Questions about Ohio Rule 162011
Ohio State Bar Association - Ohio LawyerOpen Discovery Comes to Ohio's Justice System2010
Law You Can UseWhat You Should Know About Ohio's DNA Testing2010
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section NewsletterThe State of Criminal Justice, Defense Function & Services2010
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The VindicatorAn Introduction to Sexual Addiction and its Conveyance to Sentencing Courts2010
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The ChampionSexual Offenders: How to Create a More Deliberate Sentencing Process2009
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalFair Trial or Fast Trial?2009
Federal Sentencing ReporterChild Pornography Sentencing: The Road Here and the Road Ahead2008
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Strategies for Defending Internet Pornography Cases: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Electronic Documents, Utilizing Expert Witnesses, and Explaining Technological Evidence2008
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The ChampionHow the Adam Walsh Act Restricts Access to Evidence2007
Law & FactGetting Tough on Sex Offenders: The Adam Walsh Act and Ohio SB 102007
Law & FactWhy Defend Computer Sex Crimes?2007
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Defending Virtual Crimes; Poor Audience for the Defense2006
Yo! ClevelandBasics of a Criminal Defense Practice2006
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The VindicatorPre-Trial Preparation in Computer Pornography Cases: Combating the Watering Down of Ashcraft v. Free Speech Coalition in State Prosecutions2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Ohio UniversityLegal CommunicationsB.A., w/Honors1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
White-Collar Criminal Defense CollegeHiring Experts2015
Small & Solo ExpoEthical and Effective Business Development: The Value of a Good Story2015
Criminal Advocacy SeminarDefending High Profile and Complex Federal Criminal Cases2015
CLE ProgramToppling the Big Cases: The Lawyer v. Goliath2015
Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Annual MeetingProfessionalism Dos and Don'ts for Prosecutors2014
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense CollegeHiring Experts & Witness Investigation2014
Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Trial Advocacy SeminarTips & Techniques in Jury Selection2014
Facolta Di GiurisprudenzaAdvocacy Skills in the United States Criminal Justice System2014
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Advanced Criminal Defense Practice ConferenceTrial Theory & Theme2014
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Tips & Tactics SeminarMy Case Stinks or Does it? Confronting "Other" Acts Evidence and Zealous, Ethical Defense of Date Rape & Other Assaults2014
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Toolbox SeminarGetting Digital Evidence Shouldn't be Like Pulling Teeth: Pain Free Guide to Obtaining Digital Evidence in the Criminal Case2013
Northeast Ohio Black Law Students Association, Panel DiscussionDefense of George ZImmerman Verdict & The State of the Criminal Justice System2013
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Criminal Procedure IISimplifying the Discovery Rules in Ohio2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, New Lawyer Boot CampHow to be the Most Effective Lawyer2013
Case Western Reserve School of Law, Panel DiscussionThe State of Terry v. Ohio2013
Ohio Association for Justice, Ethics & Substance Abuse SeminarThere's Nothing Civil About Crime: When To Consult Criminal Defense Counsel2012
Northern Ohio Academy of PharmacyImplications of Emily's Law for Pharmacists: How to Avoid the Criminal Pitfalls2012
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBattle of the Experts Seminar, Effective Use of Experts: A View from the Bench2012
Maine Aswsociation of Criminal Defense Lawyers, SeminarUsing Technology as a Sledgehammer2012
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawCriminal Law from a Criminal Lawyer's Perspective2012
Alabama Association of Criminal Defense LawyersWe The Jury Find the Defendant To Be The Victim" The Path to Acquittal in the Sex Case: Cross Examining the Child Sex Case Witness"2012
ACLU Brown Bag Lunch SeriesPrying Eyes Want to Know; Can Employers Legally View Your Facebook Page?2012
William K. Thomas American Inn of CourtEthical and Constitutional Duties to Disclose Evidence in Criminal Cases2011
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTechnology Changing The Landscape of the Criminal Justice System2011
The Akron Bar AssociationUnderstanding and Enforcing New Rule 16 in the Criminal Case2011
Ohio State Bar AssociationCriminal Law Update - Criminal Rule 16 History, Analysis, Retrospective and Predictions for the Future2011
Ohio Public DefendersOhio Discovery & Brady Practice2011
Ohio Judicial Conference Annual MeetingUniform Judicial Application of Open Discovery in Ohio2011
Ohio Attorney General's OfficeEvidence Disclosure & Retention2011
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spring SeminarLessons and Thoughts to Share from my Career2011
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc.Evening the Playing Field of Discovery Exchange with the Criminal Rule2011
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Law & All That Jazz CLE SeminarPutting Your Client's Shoes on the Juror's Foot, Voir Dire Demonstration2011
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Trial Tactics SeminarVoir Dire Demonstration2011
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Small & Solo Practice SeminarStrategies for Operating a Successful Law Practice2011
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Criminal Procedure IIFundamentals of Criminal Defense Law2011
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Hy Friedman Memorial ProgramGetting the Evidence to Overcome Prejudice in Sex Cases2011
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association & The Press Club of ClevelandCriminal Law & The Media2011
Alabama Association of Criminal Defense LawyersInvestigations Over Peer to Peer Networks & the Fourth Amendment2011
The Akron Bar AssociationAn Introduction to Criminal Practice After Criminal Rule 162010
Ohio State Bar AssociationUnderstanding New Ohio Criminal Rule 16 and Voir Dire Demonstration2010
Ohio New Lawyer TrainingProfessionalism in the Law Practice2010
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Open Discovery EventNavigating Through The New Criminal Discovery Rules2010
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Technology SeminarThe Future of Computer Prosecutions and Today's Defenses2010
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Superstar SeminarFair Discovery: The New Rule 16 - Now That is is Here, How Should it Work?2010
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Death Penalty SeminarFair Discovery - Making the New Rule 16 Work2010
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Law & All that Jazz CLE SeminarDeconstructing "He Said-She Said" Cases with Technology2010
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationEffectively Defending the Child Pornography Case2010
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationCriminal Discovery Post Local Rule 23.1 and Ohio Criminal Rule 162010
Cuyahoga Community College Information Security SummitPrivacy & Technology: Legal & Compliance Issues2010
Criminal Discovery ReformIntroduction To Ohio Criminal Rule 162010
County Public Defender SeminarEffective Criminal Defense Strategy After new Ohio Criminal Rule 162010
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Trial Tactics SeminarCreative & Story Telling During Voir Dire2010
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Pathways to PracticeCriminal Practice2010
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Evidence & Technology SeminarFinding and Presenting Evidence in the Age of Technology2010
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Cutting-Edge Criminal Trends SeminarPracticing Criminal Law in Ohio with Open Discovery2010
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationNew Ohio Criminal Rule 16: How it Works2010
The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies DebateCriminal Evidence Reform2009
The Akron Bar AssociationDeath Penalty Report, Issues with E-Discovery in Criminal Cases2009
Ohio State Bar Association Death Penalty Defense SeminarTrials and Appeals, Discovery & Obtaining Information from the Prosecution2009
Ohio Carry Concealed Weapons CourseLegal Implications2009
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Superstar SeminarUncovering Evidence in The Age of Technology; An Interactive Experience2009
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ohio Death Penalty SeminarProposed Criminal Evidence Reform2009
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fall Meeting & SeminarNouveau Defenses to New Offenses in a Declining Economy2009
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Ethics, Professionalism, & Substance Abuse SeminarProfessionalism In Criminal Litigation2009
Case Western Reserve University, Collaboration Summit PanelPrivacy and Security Concerns With Location Aware Technologies and Applications2009
Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual SeminarDefending the Child Pornography Case2008
Cincinnati Defense Lawyers AssociationDefending High Technology Crimes2008
Semi-Annual Public Defender Training SeminarDefense of Cybercrimes2007
New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDefending Cybercrimes & Pornography Cases2007
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual MeetingDefending Allegations of Internet & Computer Crimes: Who Put That Porn in My Cookies?2007
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationProcedure and Practice Clinic for Criminal Law2007
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawCurrent Trial Strategy and Tactics in Criminal Defense2007
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawCriminal Defense Practice & Current Legal Issues2007
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationDefense By Ambush: Thinking Outside The Box To Obtain Discovery In State Criminal Prosecutions2007
Annual Green Mountain Criminal Defense InstituteDefending Virtual Crimes: Winning Strategies For Internet Sex & Child Pornography Cases2007
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCutting Edge Forensics, Dirty Pictures & Beyond: Evidentiary Issues of Electronic Evidence2006
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationCurrent Statistics, Trends, & Strategies In Child Pornography Prosecutions2006
Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationCurrent Issues and Trends in Child Pornography Defense Part II, Mitigation Component Included2006
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawCriminal Defense Practice2006
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawThe Role of Electronic Evidence in Criminal Defense2006
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationPre-Trial Motion Practice and Trial Preparation2006