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Josh Michael Friedman

Employment and labor Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   36 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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About Josh

Learn Josh’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    85%
    Have you been fired? I can help you fire back. I represent employees in almost all aspects of the employemnt relationship, whethe it involves a wrongful discharge or termination, sexual or other forms of harassment, race, age and other forms of discrimination, unpaid wages and overtime, disability and Family Medical Leave Act claims, unemployment claims, retaliation and whistleblower claims, and just about any other form of mistreatment that may occur in the workplace.

    27 years

  2. Civil rights
    15%
    I represent individuals whose civil rights have been violated by police officers and other public officials, including claims for false arrest, false imprisonment, police misconduct and brutality, and failure to provide medical care.

    27 years

HAVE YOU BEEN FIRED? YOU CAN FIRE BACK WITH THE LAW OFFICES OF JOSH FRIEDMAN. I HELP EMPLOYEES!

 

Have you been fired?  Well, you can fire back with the Law Offices of Josh Friedman.  With 21 years of experience litigating against some of the world's largest companies, I can help individuals who have been fired, harassed, discriminated against or denied wages fight back against their employers.  Whether you need to recover a small unpaid payroll check, you have been denied unemployment, or you blew the whistle on an unscrupulous employee within your company and were discharged, call me for a free consultation.

Licensed for 31 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1994
Updated 01/06/2023
State OH
Status Suspended
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/10/2022

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Josh Michael Friedman

Reviews

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Posted by Maria | November 13, 2013
Thank you Mr. Josh Friedman.
My previous experiences with Attorneys have not been ideal and I was hesitant in hiring an Attorney, this time around. This time around, I was dealing with matters regarding my previous employer, harassment and denial of unemployment benefits. I did my homework, as far as Attorneys were concerned. I narrowed my search down to Mr. Josh Michael Friedman; I decided to call Mr. Friedman and get an idea of what he would or would not be able to do for me. My first impression with Mr. Friedman was on the telephone and it was a good one. Mr. Friedman walked me through the reality of my hearing which was coming up; he didn't paint any false picture in my mind. He just told me exactly what could and what could not happen … in a nutshell, he walked me through the entire process. Mr. Friedman is very knowledgeable, upfront and logical. Needless to say, we won our case!! I would recommend Mr. Josh Friedman, for legal matters regarding any/all components of Employment, Labor Matters, Benefits etc … It is/was a delight working with Josh. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2013
Josh is very knowledgeable and does great analysis for representation
Josh is very knowledgeable and forthright in his approach. His immense knowledge and analysis based on understanding of the book of law benefited me. He is highly commendable.
Posted by Charles | March 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful, and knowledgeable
Mr. Friedman was very helpful, knowledgeable and straight to the point. I appreciate your expertise on employment law. I would recommend. Mr. Friedman to anyone seeking an attorney with a background in employment/labor law. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful
Attorney Josh Friedman called me promptly and was able to help with exactly what I needed. Knowledgeable and direct. I definitely recommend.
Posted by Jess | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience
It was honestly a pleasure to with with Josh from start to finish. He is extremely knowledable, responsive, principled and candid. Josh kept me well informed throughout the entire process, helped me to understand the steps that we were taking and took as much time as needed to fully answer any question that arose. Josh made it his business to understand the nuances of my situation thoroughly and fought hard, and strategically, on my behalf. I was very happy with both the process and the outcome. I give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Maurice | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mr. Friedman is one of the best attorneys in the field of Employment, Labor, and Civil Rights.He is also one of the most ethical men that I have had the pleasure of working with. Mr. Friedman is also a straight shooter and will explain all realities regardless of what you were expecting to hear. (I greatly appreciate that quality) He is extremely knowledgeable and is open to sharing, explaining, and patient with his clients. Mr. Friedman's fees are more than fair and well worth the monies spent on any case. I could not have handled a case without him. I am strongly recommending Mr. Friedman to anyone who is seeking a strong reputable attorney without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Phone Consultation
Reached out to Josh in the AM. He responded in less than 2 hours. Had follow up call to discuss my situation. While there was no need for further legal assistance I found Josh to be very thorough in his questions and advice.
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help with settlement
I hired Josh to help negotiate a severance agreement with my former employer. I am satisfied with my experience and would recommend him to my friends.
Posted by Veronica Sanchez | August 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Asset
Josh is trully a sweetheart. He is extremely knowledgeable, presistant and hardworking. He can be direct and resourceful. We worked together for an extended period of time and there wasnt a time I he wasnt accessible.
Posted by mel ford | August 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
It all started on this site back in May when I was so lost on what to do. I wrote a question during the holiday weekend and Josh still responded. He helped me through the whole process and was always informative. I will continue to speak highly of him and the incredible work he provided.
Posted by Melissa | August 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt and thoughtful service
I asked a question on Avvo regarding my legal issue and Mr Friedman kindly took the time to reply. His answer was intelligent and knowledgeable so I decided to contact him for a free consultation. The advice he gave me was very good and he offered to help me for a very reasonable fee. He was always prompt with his replies, courteous and knowledgeable about my legal issue. I felt that he would represent me well and really help me with my case. Thankfully I got a job and didn't need representation at my unemployment appeal hearing but if I did, I would certainly have retained Mr Friedman as my legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great advocate!
I hired Josh to help negotiate a post-employment/severance agreement with a former employer. He made sure to explain all of my options and helped set reasonable expectations. Despite the other party being difficult to work with, Josh was always cool, calm, and collected. When the other party made unfavorable demands, Josh thought creatively and found compromises that worked for me. I am 100% satisfied with my experience, and I have already referred friends to him.
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Posted by Cynthia | September 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Settled Pregnancy Discrimination case
I hired Attorney Friedman to help with pregnancy discrimination at work. I had a complicated, high risk pregnancy and my boss tried to force me on medical leave so she wouldn't have to remember when I had medical appointments. My boss demanded I disappear for causing such an inconvenience. I was very angry and disappointed but felt relief after consulting with Attorney Friedman. He was able to work with my employer so that I received a settlement for the discrimination I experienced. I am so grateful for his help and am now able to focus on the joy of my new baby instead of the idiot boss I worked for.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sales Executive
Josh advised me that my situation was worth pursuing but did not over-promise results. He presented my facts to the company and followed up in a way which elicited a favorable response. Josh is a great listener and very professional with everyone he engages on both sides. I strongly recommend you contact Josh if you have a labor related issue. Josh will let you know if it has merit and is worth pursuing... likely toward a favorable outcome.
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Posted by Dominic | May 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service, Intelligent Strategy & Desired Outcome. All A Client Can Ask For....
I was referred to Josh Friedman by a colleague, so he could assist me with an issue I was having with a former employer. I hired Josh to handle a contract dispute over a severance agreement and share repurchase that was not being honored. Unlike other lawyers I've worked with, Josh took all the time needed to fully discuss and understand the issue, reviewed all the documents in short order, and put together a strategy that led to the desired outcome. I couldn't be more pleased with the service I received throughout the entire process. I was so pleased, I've already recommended him to multiple other colleagues and associates that are facing similar issues.
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Posted by Greg | December 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
I wouldn't select an attorney simply because of online reviews, but Josh's positive online reviews got him into my short list. I spoke to several attorneys as I was looking for legal help, and Josh was concise, clear, and logical, as opposed to some of the others who spoke at length to say something that could have been said in one sentence. My wife and I contacted two of Josh's reference by phone, and they were very positive. Josh gave me great advice in my effort to collect money owed by a former employer. He laid out the pros and cons of various courses of action, including an explanation of the costs and time involved in suing the company. He didn't push the litigation option, which would have been more profitable for him. His advice helped me decide to settle with the company. Josh made important changes to the settlement agreement. I recommend Josh for employer problems.
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Posted by Fiona Shubrook | September 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Settlement of employment
Josh Friedman did and excellent job of helping me out in getting a settlement from my former employer, with whom I had been an employee for 23 years. I would recommend Mr. Friedman to anyone who has a specific problem in his field of expertise.
Posted by Deborah | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and beneficial
I met with Josh once to review my case (employment termination) and thereafter worked with him over the phone and via email. He gave me a realistic understanding of what my outcome would be, validated those expectations against my own goals, and then worked with my old employer and IDES to achieve a benefit which well exceeded his fee. He was professional and well-prepared throughout, and kept me informed as the case progressed. I would not have achieved this positive outcome without his advocacy. I greatly appreciate his help and would recommend him to others who have a dispute with their employer.
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Posted by Lucia | May 26, 2015
Josh Friedman won our case
This is a follow-up to my previous review. I just received the decision from Unemployment after the hearing that I WON THE CASE and will receive unemployment benefits- this is thanks to Josh Friedman's hard work to this case and his excellent representation! I am so happy that I went with him as my lawyer!
Posted by Lucia | May 25, 2015
Best Unemployement Benefits Lawyer 5 STAR Attorney Josh Friedman
I met attorney Josh Friedman in a case about my employment termination. I was very nervous not having any experience with this situation. He was so patient with me and my broken english and took the time to listen and explain everything in detail that I needed to know. He responded to all my questions immediately. I could not have asked for someone to represent my case better than he did. He went above and beyond my expectations. I would use him again for anything. Trying to calm my anxiety down he assured me with uplifting words like “don’t be afraid” and “I am on your side” – words that meant a lot to me during this stressful time. He was friendly with me and very patient, but with my ex-employer during the hearing he was like a shark, quick, concise, and able to dispute their lies before they could even finish their sentence. At the same time he pays attention to the details of the case presented. Although I don’t know the output of my case yet, I would definitely recommend him to everyone looking for a top lawyer. He is a 5 star!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Josh Friedman
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • The University of Virginia
  • MA - Masters
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Cobige v. City of Chicago
  • Obtained jury verdict of $5,000,000

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chair, Solo Small Firm Committee
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated cum laude
  • Case Western Reserve Univerity School of Law
  • 1991

Publications

  • 16 Causes of Action 2d
  • Cause of Action to Recover Damages Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Marketing Your Law Practice in the 21st Century
  • Three Fundamental Principles of Marketing Your Law Practice
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (15)
Endorse Josh
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Josh for any labor law and employment issues."
Civil rights Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh Friedman is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgable and devoted to his clients. He is also very helpful to other attorneys in the legal community and shares his knowledge generously. I recommend Josh very highly."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Friedman is an outstanding attorney whom I highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An intelligent and an amazing attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Josh is a great lawyer. If you are looking for an employment lawyer then hire him. He's an expert in the field with lots of experience. You cannot do better."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Friedman is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him and in fact have done so in the past. I have also sought his counsel for personal employment law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Josh. Highly respected attorney in the legal community with a reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Civil rights Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Friedman is a knowledgeable and seasoned attorney who I highly recommend for all employment and labor law related matters. His approach is straight forward and honest, and I know him to be a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Friedman provides common sense and high quality advice."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest advice, practical answers on AVVO. He is a skilled and concerned advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been following Mr. Friedman on Avvo for quite some time. I have found his postings and counseling's to be insightful, legally correct, and more importantly, practical. It's very easy to cite the law and talk about what is theoretically possible. It's far more difficult to look at the facts and discern what is realistically possible.Josh can do so. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Through AVVO I have been able to see how skilled and knowledgeable Josh is in the area of employment & labor law. His answers show an experienced and informed attorney. You would be well served to have Josh fighting for your rights."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Friedman is very well versed in employment law, and I strongly endorse him."
Civil rights Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Friedman is an excellent attorney. He gives good advice in a succinct manner."
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Chicago Employment and labor Lawyer Josh Michael Friedman
Josh Michael Friedman
Employment and labor Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation