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Jill Lisa Friedman

Practice areas:

Business, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Litigation

About Me

Jill L. Friedman graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and was a Chancellor’s Scholar.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1987.


 


Ms. Friedman has served as President of Women Lawyers of Ventura County, Ventura County Barristers and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers.  She is a founding member of the Ventura County Diversity Bar Alliance and was the second person to Chair that organization.  At the State level, she served as Vice President of the California Young Lawyers Association and Sergeant-at-Arms at the Conference of Delegates.  She has served on the boards of the Ventura County Bar Association, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association.  She was the editor-in-chief of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association newsletter, as well as assistant editor of the Ventura County Bar Association newsletter. She has been both a Barrister and a Master in the William L. Gordon Inns of Court (SB) and a Master in the Jerome Berenson Inns of Court (Ventura).  She has served as a judge pro tem in both the Santa Barbara and Ventura County courts.


 


Over the past twenty-six  years, Ms. Friedman has been very successful in trying civil cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.  At the beginning of her career, she cut her teeth as a visiting attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.  She worked as an insurance defense attorney in Ventura before returning to her hometown of Santa Barbara, where she continued practicing in the field of insurance defense and medical malpractice defense.  For eight years she was a sole practitioner representing injured plaintiffs.  She practiced for nine years with Henderson & Borgeson in Santa Barbara before returning to Ventura.  In 2004, she co-chaired a trial that led to the California Supreme Court decision in Ramirez v. Nelson (2008) 44 Cal.4th 908 regarding homeowners’ liability for the wrongful death of an unlicensed, uninsured tree trimmer. In 2011, she was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as the fifth female member in the California Coast Chapter, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. Nationally, only 2% of ABOTA members are women. In 2012, Pacific Coast Business Times named her to the list of "Who's Who in Attorneys" and the "Top 50 Women in Business". In 2013, Martindale-Hubbell included her among "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law."  That same year, she was nominated for the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.  


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Litigation: 25%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Employment & Labor: 25%
  4. Business: 25%
    4 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Victoria Lindenauer

    Jill is a top-notch advocate. Whenever I opposed her on a case, I knew I had my work cut out for me. She is sharp, experienced, and professional. I recommend her services without reservation.

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    Victoria Lindenauer Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Naomi Rowan Dewey

    Being on the other side of any case involving a competent attorney like Jill is always a pleasure. She is diligent, a strong advocate for her clients, and always gets things done!

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    Naomi Dewey Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, L.L.P.

5425 Everglades Street
Post Office Box 7209
Ventura, CA, 93006-7209

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198705/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the LawMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 50 Women in BusinessPacific Coast Business Times2012
Who's Who in AttorneysPacific Coast Business Times2012
Chancellor's ScholarUCLA1980

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyMyers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Schneider, L.L.P.2010 - Present
AttorneyHenderson & Borgeson2001 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jill L. Friedman1994 - 2001
AttorneyBAUER, HARRIS & McEVOY1993 - 1994
Visiting Deputy DAVentura County District Attorney1989 - 1989
AttorneyLAWLER, BONHAM & WALSH1988 - 1993
AttorneyHENDERSON & ASSOCIATES1987 - 1988

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Ventura County Diversity Bar AllianceChair2013 - 2013
Women Lawyers of Ventura CountyPresident2011 - 2012
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2011 - Present
American Inns of CourtMaster2007 - Present
Ventura County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2002 - 2005
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationBoard Member2000 - 2001
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
American Inns of CourtBarrister1997 - 1998
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationBoard Member1994 - 1995
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationBoard Member1994 - 1995
California Young Lawyers AssociationVice President1991 - 1992
Ventura County Bar AssociationBoard Member1990 - 1993
Ventura County BarristersPresident1990 - 1991
Ventura County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Ramirez v. Nelson (2008) 44 Cal.4th 908California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal and reinstated defense verdict.
Bacon v. SCE (1997) 53 Cal.App.4th 854N/A

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Citations (VCBA)Employers Take Note: The US Supreme Court has Entered the Digital Age2014
Santa Barbara County Bar Association NewsletterEditor's column1994

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge SOL Univ of the PacificLawlaw1987
Univ of California at Los AngelesEnglishundergraduate1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Human Resource Law From Start to FinishIs Your Employee Handbook Going to Help or Harm You?2014
Human Resource Law From Start to FinishWorkplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments2014
WLVC lunch programFemale Gladiators: Tales from the Civil Trial Trenches2012
2011 Santa Barbara Women's FestivalThe Legal Profession and Laws Affecting Women2011
SBCBA Bench and Bar ConferenceElimination of Bias1997