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  1. Civil Rights: 90%
    4 years
  2. Litigation: 10%

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  • Alexandra H. Deal

    David is, without question, one of the best in the business. He truly cares about his work and his clients, and is an excellent advocate and advisor.


    Alexandra Deal Appeals Attorney
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  • Nora J. Chorover

    I endorse this lawyer. David is an extremely intelligent, diligent and thoughtful attorney, with whom I often consult.


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Contact info

Howard Friedman, P.C.

90 Canal Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA, 02114-2018


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 200207/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarMassachusetts Super Lawyers2012
Moncreiffe Prize for Outstanding Student in Anti-Racism LawNYU Law School2001
Ann Petluck Poses Prize for Outstanding Clinical WorkNYU Law School2001
Order of the CoifNYU Law School2001
Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties FellowNYU Law School2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Offices of Howard Friedman2013 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Howard Friedman2007 - 2013
Staff AttorneySouth Brooklyn Legal Services2006 - 2006
AssociateMoore & Goodman LLP2004 - 2006
Law clerkHon. Allyne R. Ross, United States District Judge2002 - 2003
Law clerkHon. Theodore H. Katz, United States Magistrate Judge2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Civil Liberties Union of MassachusettsLegal Advisory Committee2012 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Lawyers Guild.Member2004 - Present
National Police Accountability ProjectMember2004 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationIndividual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council Member2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Glik v. Cunniffe, 655 F.3d 78 (1st Cir. 2011)Federal appeals court affirms right to record police; $170,000 settlement
Tyler v. Suffolk County 253 F.R.D. 8 (D. Mass. 2008)Class action against Suffolk County Sheriff for locking prisoners in cells without toilets or sinks; $1.5 million settlement
Greenberg v. Smolka, 2006 WL 1116521 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 27, 2006)Civil rights plaintiff does not have provide her psychotherapy records to defendant police officer
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Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyFilming the Police: What to Focus on after Glik2012
Mass DissentFirst Circuit Says You Can Shoot the Police (with Your Cellphone Camera)2011
Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, vol. 23, 18-1Psychic Income Won't Pay the Rent: A Critique of the Second Circuit's Opinion in Arbor Hill Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Ass’n v. County of Albany2007
Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual HandbookMass Protest, Mass Arrest and Class Certification: The Struggle for the First and Fourth Amendments in the 21st Century2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Brown UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Harvard Law School Speaker Series : A Critical Eye on the Drug WarProtecting the Rights of Second Class Citizens2013
Eavesdropping and Wiretapping in IllinoisPutting the Eavesdropping Debate in Perspective: Statewide and Nationwide Issues2013
Teleconference: Videotaping Police, Wiretapping Laws, and the First AmendmentVideotaping police2012
Guest lecturer for law school class on First AmendmentGlik v. Cunniffe2012
Guest Lecturer at New England School of LawPolice Use of Excessive Force2012
CLE for civil rights lawyersElectronic Discovery in Police Misconduct Cases2012
American Constitution Society "Lightning Talks" on the ConstitutionGlik v. Cunniffe2012
Panelist for Not Guilty: The Reality of Black Men in the 21st Century, Cambridge Community ConversationRace and Policing2011
Cops, Cellphones, and Constitutional RightsGlik v. Cunniffe2011
Boston University School of Law panel discussion for law studentsPrivate Public Interest Law Firms2011
Meeting of Greater Boston Civil Rights CoalitionPolicing the Police: Making complaints and documenting wrongdoing2010
Greater Boston with Emily RooneyArrested for Videotape2010
Community forumKnow Your Rights When Confronted by Police2010
CLE for civil rights lawyersFirst Amendment Right to Record Police2010
Taught session of class at Northeastern University School of Law on police misconductSupervisory Liability in Police Misconduct cases2009
Stop and Search ClinicKnow Your Rights When Confronted by Police2009
NYU Law School Symposium on Fourth AmendmentNew York Search and Seizure Law and the War on Drugs2001