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Eric Franklin Long

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 8 years
    Illinois - IL 14 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2009
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

Mr. Long has earned a reputation as a fierce and loyal advocate for his clients in all case types.  Prior to joining Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., Mr. Long served clients in varying criminal matters as well as in commercial, employment, civil rights, education, personal injury, product liability and construction litigation cases.

This diverse practice has lent itself well to his current practice which consists mostly of criminal defense.  However clients will often present with complex cases that involve civil or administrative aspects that are “quasi-criminal” in nature.

Mr. Long brings his wealth of legal knowledge as a dynamic not routinely seen in criminal defense firms. For instance, Mr. Long us a respected Title IX attorney, representing  college students accused of sexual misconduct. The nature of the allegations often intersect with possible criminal charges that must be carefully handled to ensure that the client can avoid criminal liability while still participating in the educational disciplinary process.  Mr. Long’s experience within these different realms is an extraordinary benefit to the his clients.

Mr. Long’s criminal practice includes municipal, state, and federal representation of clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-indictment investigations to post-conviction work. While licensed in Ohio and Illinois, Mr. Long will accompany his clients to courts and hearings across the United States. Approximately half of the clients in need of Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.’s assistance are located outside Ohio.

Mr. Long remains firmly committed to public service within the legal and general communities-at-large. In 2016, he accepted an invitation to join The Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court as an Associate. A year earlier, he was also the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ohio State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association. He also lectures to local attorneys on topics related to Cyber Security, technology, and modern case investigative techniques.  Mr. Long recently named in The National Trial Lawyer: Top 100 list for 2018.

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Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
1360 E. 9th Street
Suite 650
Cleveland, OH, 44114

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Posted by Tim Gregory | May 5, 2023
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Eric Long outstanding
Eric Long is an outstanding attorney. Had the pleasure of working this past Fall and he knocked it out of the park. Very approachable, works thru all of the details, and professional with all of the details. Nothing is overlooked and I feel bad for those who sitting across the table from him on the other end of the legal argument.
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Posted by Shirley | January 23, 2021
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Defence of a Tort (Defamation) claim.
I consulted with, and hired Eric Long to defend a tort claim (defamation) filed against my son. Eric was patient and professional throughout the course of this claim. He was also kind which helps when you are going through huge anxiety attacks because of what appeared to me to be a hostile and unfounded claim. He settled the claim and closed the whole thing down in a very satisfactory manner.
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Posted by Austin | December 29, 2020
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Eric Long assisted myself and two other students in a student affairs case with my university. Myself and two other close friends who attend the same university were accused of breaking a COVID-19 safety agreement. Eric was always within reach over the phone during the case and was always very quick to find answers for any questions we had. Eric put my mind at ease in a time when I was very frustrated and panicked. The work that Eric put in and the truth that he was able to find was very successful in dropping all accusations and allegations that were mounted against myself and other students in the eyes of the university officials conducting the investigation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
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I cannot say enough about how helpful Eric was as my criminal defense attorney. He was available within minutes every time I had a question or needed information. He walked me thru each process before it happened so that I felt comfortable and knew what to expect. His relationships in the community are unsurpassed. I recommend Eric and his firm to anyone who needs a defense attorney. Even the consultation I had with him before hiring him was genuine. His honesty throughout my entire process made me feel confident he would do everything he could to help me in my case. In the end my case was dismissed. Thank you Eric.
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Posted by Laurel | April 29, 2019
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Exceptional service and communication
I wholeheartedly recommend Eric Long, and found his services to be exceptionally high quality, with clear and consistent communication about all legal proceedings and options. He compassionately and thoughtfully answered all my questions, made sure to keep me updated as the case progressed, and went above and beyond to ensure that the process was as comfortable and well-communicated as possible. He truly has his clients' best interests at heart, and I trust him entirely to provide top-notch quality legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2018
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Calm and Prepared
I was accused of violating a Title IX sexual harassment policy at a university in Ohio. I was found not responsible and this was all due to Eric. He was able to keep me calm through the entire terrifying process. More than that, he made sure that I was overprepared even when we did not need to prepare as much as we did. I appreciated this though because it made me know that we would be prepared during the hearing no matter what happened. He was willing to talk whenever I needed and was only matter of fact with the evidence that was presented both by my accusers and by me. He did a fantastic job and even created a binder that was broken up so that we knew what we needed to look at during the defense. Eric was calm and was willing to fight and ask the tough questions of the university and pushed me to ask the tough questions of my accusers. He created a line of questioning that helped to show the holes in the accuser's complaint. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. I am so grateful for the time and effort that Eric put into my defense to make sure that I was cleared based on the evidence presented. He was honest, protective, and incredibly calming all at the same time. I would highly recommend him if you are in a tough spot.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
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Eric's a pro!
Eric is a professional through and through. I like meeting face to face with people to make sure they understand what I'm saying and vice versa. Eric was always easy to meet with and always straightforward. He was never dismissive and I felt that I was an active participant in my defense. What more could you ask for?
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2018
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Would highly recommend.
Eric Long is a great attorney. He's professional and affordable. He helped me get three charges dismissed. He was extremely knowledgeable and I am very happy with the outcome. I would definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2018
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Eric Long is a very professional attorney who helped me with a complicated legal issue. He made me confident through the entire process. He was extremely detailed oriented in all the details of my case. He was honest and upfront in every step. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Jim | August 14, 2017
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"Ultimate Client Service"
Eric and his firm treat their clients with "Ultimate Client Service"! Eric has an extreme command of the law. But, also can explain legal issues to the non-legal person (client) with ease. He returns calls in an immediate basis...Even when he is in court with a heavy schedule. As do all of the attorney's in his firm do. I will never forget how Eric drove over 100 miles to have me sign some legal documentation when I was feeling under the weather with an on going flu and the driving conditions were terrible with heavy snow. We were under a deadline and he made everything happen with this very kind effort. Not to mention the positive results in the case. Superb young attorney that get's results and advises in a legal manner that is easy for the average person to understand and calms all the anxiety down with his presence and rapport. "Ultimate Client Service"
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Posted by Joyce | July 27, 2017
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Eric Long is the Best!
Eric Long is a highly professional attorney who walked me through a year-long process, reassuring me every step of the way. I knew Eric Long was the right attorney for me the moment I met him, and I appreciated him keeping me informed about every little step that needed to be handled to move my case forward to an absolute success.
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Posted by Tim | July 27, 2017
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Outstanding Work
I had a case involving an incorrect determination of fraud from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The case also involved overpayment of unemployment benefits. Eric Long was outstanding in handling my appeal process and the subsequent telephone hearing that was held. He was both eloquent and well prepared for the proceedings, and ultimately achieved a favorable result for my case. I was very impressed with his work and always felt like my case was in good hands. I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by RJ | March 28, 2017
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Professional, thoughtful, and experienced
I met Eric Long and Ian Friedman when I was facing a bogus Interference with Custody charge placed by my ex-wife and the city of Middleburg Heights prosecutor who didn't investigate the false claims from the very beginning. Ian and Eric quickly replied to the charges and were their for me when I needed them along the entire process. They were professional, reasonable, and at the end of the day, they did their homework and not only showed that the statements were false, but showed that the plaintiff was doing the same as she was alleging. The case was dismissed at the state's cost. Eric represented me through the end and had the case sealed. Thanks Eric, Ian, and the entire team. What you do is important and protects people like me that are being wrongly accused. Nice job!!
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Posted by Joe | February 20, 2017
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Review for Eric Long
Last month I was charged with criminal charges involving a minor on top of that I was facing a restraining order. To make a long story short this is not the first time I have used a lawyer before but I have to say Eric Long is by far the best lawyer I have ever dealt with. Not only did Eric know everything there is to know about the laws involving my case, he was also able to get the charges dropped and get the restraining order thrown out. I was and I’m still extremely pleased with Eric’s professionalism and how we worked with me every step of the way. I spoke to about six lawyers before deciding on Eric Long and I have to say I’m beyond glade I choose him to represent me. Without Eric, I’m afraid the outcome would have been very different and my career would have most likely been destroyed. I highly recommend Eric to anybody who could use a top notch lawyer because that is exactly what you will get.
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Work Experience

  • Counsel
  • Friedman & Nemecek, LLC
  • 2016 - Present


  • Cleveland State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Miami University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Title IX - Allegations of Sexual Misconduct at Ohio University
  • Found not responsible


  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • 2018
  • Award for Excellence in Prop Bono Service
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Terrific Tuesday
  • The Rewards and Challenges of being a Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2017
  • Prelaw 101 Class
  • Life as a Criminal Defense Attorney: My Journey from Miami to the Court Room
  • 2017
  • Geauga County Bar Association Law Day
  • Miranda: More than Words
  • 2016
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section
  • Ethical and Effective Business Development: The Value of a Good Story
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric is a hard working and knowledgeable attorney who fights hard for his clients. He is experienced, dedicated and well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric provides zealous and admirable representation to all of his clients. The legal community benefits greatly from his experience and dedication."
Criminal defense
Cleveland Criminal defense Lawyer Eric Franklin Long
Eric Franklin Long
Criminal defense Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 14 years
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