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Erik Adler Friis

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.3   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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Erik A. Friis is a respected and aggressive criminal defense attorney who has handle numerous DUI and Criminal Defense related cases. Mr. Friis graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego in. He subsequently went to work for a general practice law firm handling a multitude of cases involving criminal defense, and DUI law.

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Posted by Claudia | March 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I appreciate all Erik did to help in my son's criminal case. He and his staff are definitely excellent in their work. Highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgeable Lawyer
I got my DUI in San Diego. As I am an out of towner I didn't know who to call. When I hired Mr. Friis I didn't know what to expect. Every time I called with a question he called me back in a timely manner and explained my case and addressed my concerns. He is very knowledgeable and detail oriented. He got me a really good result and I could not be happier. I would definitely recommend Mr. Friis to anyone.
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Posted by Jacques | March 8, 2021
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Best Lawyer Ever
Erik is by far the best lawyer I worked with. He took my case and fought hard and we at the end got what we wanted. He communicated constantly with me and was always willing to hear suggestions. For anyone out there that need a top class lawyer for any type of case don't look far Erik Friis is your man. Im so happy and grateful with his humbleness and professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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Good Attorney
Highly recommended, reliable, and trustworthy. I would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Pbl | September 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I was stopped in April 2019 for dui. Mr Friis help me with all I had to do in my case. He recommend the military diversion program which I was able to qualify for. I completed all required classes. September 4, 2020, I have just been released and my case vacated. I want to thank him and staff with all my heart for putting up with me and being nice. Thank you again
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Posted by Kevin | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Legal Team in S. D.
Erik and his team is the best! The DA tried to do me! I advise anybody with a legal issue, to call him. Thanks Erik to U and your staff. Much respects!!!
Posted by Matthew | June 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great VET. Lawyer-All Charges Dropped
I had a D.U.I. about two years ago and thought my life was basically over. I had a .27 B.A.C. and ended up in a pretty bad accident. The next day I was looking for lawyers on the internet because I knew that was my only chance of at least getting charges reduced. I stumbled on the Superier Law Center and decided I was going to give it a shot. I got to the office and they were very welcoming the lawyer I met with in the beginning was a little to confident and I was a little skeptical. I met with Eric the next day and he was great. He basically told me all of the scenarios that could happen so I would not be surprised of the outcome. Surprisingly, I felt more at ease with that because he seemed honest and sincere so I decided to hire him. He recomended V.A. treatment and I followed his advice. At the time they did not have military diversion for D.U.I's. He delayed my case for two years until last week and got the charges dropped. Patience is always the key. I put my faith in him and he delivered. He always gave me all my options and was always respectful with my decision. I always liked how he would give me the worst case scenario too just in case things dont go right. Remember the Judge is always the deciding factor be respectful and dress nice. You have to put in the work too. The first year and a half I did not go to any court dates until the end so he would always show up on my behalf. He exceeded my expectations and would recommend him to any veteran. Attorney Erik Friis saved my record with all charges dropped.
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Posted by Matt | January 23, 2018
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Above and Beyond
My first night in jail ever I thought I was in trouble, but the day after posting bail and speaking with Mr Friis and his staff my worries were eased immensley. From day one he got the ball rolling and quickly settled my legal troubles which resulted in lesser penalties and less time dealing with the mess I had gotten into. Thanks again to Superior Law Center, would highly reccommend!
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Posted by Jesus H | January 17, 2018
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Got my misdemeanor charges reduced to an infraction
Thanks to Erik Friis for saving my Immigration status. I was facing misdemeanor petty theft charges & Mr Friis was able to get it reduced to an infraction. Mr Friis kept me iformed from day one of how my case was going. Thanks again Superior Law Center for doing exactly what you said you were going to do.
Posted by Agustin | October 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate Lawyer Professional Lawyer
After making a series of bad judgements, I found myself stuck in a legal bind with a DUI. While panicking, I sought an acquaintance in the legal field who, while not specializing in criminal law, highly recommended someone who was well respected and reputed to be sought after for his professional work. After contacting Mr. Erik A. Friis, from the outset he aggressively pursed my case, approaching both the DMV and the state with concerted vigor. Importantly, someone who is knowledgeable about the court system, he guided me through the tricky hurdles and pitfalls, while constantly maintaining open communication to inform me of the moving circumstances. In short, he's there for you not only as a legal advocate, but navigating you through at times the deceptively convoluted legal system. Having your best interests at heart, he's very communicable, reliably accessible when you require answers to confusing questions. Moreover, there's a very human element with which he creates an emphatic repertoire with the client, which you may not necessarily find in other legal representatives. After months of concern, needless to say, Mr. Erik A. Friis helped me result in an outcome I can only express was beyond my most optimistic expectation. Words can barely convey my gratitude. I highly recommend you contact Mr. Erik A. Friis if you find yourself in legal troubles. Professionally and psychologically (particularly at such testing times), he will be there for you. P.S. If you're thinking of circumstances leading to a trial (though I didn't require such services), there's this glint in his eyes when he relates about his trial experiences, as if he's relishing the scrum awaiting in the courtroom. I'd imagine you want someone impassioned like him to be in your side when tough gets going. Thanks Again, Agustin
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Posted by Adrian | December 9, 2014
Got all my charges reduced and kept me out of Jail!!!
Don't really even know what to say right now but these guys literally saved me I was facing up to 2 years jail time but got off!!!! Erik was so smart and kept fighting all the way to the end and I don't know even though I was scared I just felt like he was in control the whole time I'm just so happy everything worked out! He even got fines reduced for me that I owed and I have to do some community service which I'm totally ok with. I highly highly recommend this law firm for anyone in San Diego who's being charged with a crime, they are amazing!! Thank you for everything!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2014
Best Call I Made
The Superior Law Center was a great call I made during one of the worst and scariest times in my life. It was definitely a blessing from God. Very high quality attorney. My situation I was facing a felony charge and ended up with a misdemeanor. Erik Friis was there to explain the whole court process from beginning to end and is still helping me with advise with my situation. He didn't make a promise, but definitely delivered above and beyond what I thought would happen. I was anxious and worried, but they really helped calm me by making understand everything step by step. I would recommend if your in a tight spot make the call you won't regret it. It would be one of the best moves you make bc it was for me and my family.
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Posted by Sam | June 13, 2011
I definitely recommend Eric.
Eric is an extremely thoughtful and responsive attorney. He gives his clients' matters great attention. The results are obvious. He invariably obtains great results for his attorneys. I have recommended Eric on a number of occasions and people have been very happy with the outcome of their cases.
Posted by Kyle | May 24, 2011
Very professional and honest lawyer
After been accused of petty theft I searched for a lawyer to help me in my case. After meeting with Erik Friis' law firm, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. He was very straight forward and honest with me about the severity of the crime and what the possible punishment would be without a lawyer and what he would do if I chose to have him represent me. I can honestly say that I couldn't have been happier with the turn out of my case. He fought for me very thoroughly and persistently. In the end I was only responsible for a small fine and a book and release with a very informal 1 yr probation with the chance to erase the misdemeanor from my record as long as I abide the law (which I will). I was very pleased with his work and the overall cost was very reasonable and well spent.
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Posted by Jessica | May 19, 2011
My family hired Erik to represent my father who had been charged with five felony counts of Fraud, theft, embezzlement and was facing serious prison time. Erik was able to get all felony counts dismissed and he pled guilty to a misdemeanor and did not serve any jail time. I would recomend Erik Friis to anyone who needed someone to represent them. He was very professional and trustworthy in everything he did for us. I couldnt have asked for anything better.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Not Responsive, Not Professional
Erik Friis is not responsive and not professional. He will make your life more miserable. He doesn't know what he is doing. He is a waste of time and money
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Be careful
Hired Mr. Friis for my felony dui case. Felt like I ended up doing all the work and research and ended up with a 5 year sentence for my 1st dui. Military vet, he didn't push for veterans treatment court and still owes me $700 for a private investigator he never hired. I did some research in prison and found out that I should have only been sentenced to 2 years with half time instead of 5 with 85% and a strike. Vehicle code and penal code are two separate things. Illegally sentenced and this guy didn't even catch it. Maybe he just saw me as easy money.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2013
Not a good experience
I hired this attorney about 3 years ago. I could never get him on the phone directly. He did not keep me informed. He asked me to show up on the court date, then asked me what I was doing there. He said to take the deal they had presented and gave me a couple details. When they read to me what I was agreeing to in the courtroom, it was nothing like he said it was going to be. I didn't like the agreement at all. Bottom line, I wish I had chose a better attorney who was willing to fight for me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Superior Law Center
  • 1999 - Present


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Univ of California Santa Cruz
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • People v. CL
  • Probation and no registration as a sex offender.


  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • The Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for Southern District of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders' Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BBB A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • Top San Diego Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • BBB A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013


  • Criminal Law Bulletin
  • Balancing the Needs of Rape Victims Against the Needs of Rape Suspects: A proposed Federal Qualified Rape Crisis-Victim Privilege
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erik Friis is an excellent lawyer. He has always provided top notch legal representation. He always zealously advocates for his clients and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help for criminal law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Erik since a short time after I began practicing criminal defense law a few years ago. I noticed him because he was one of the few guys that seemed to spend as much time in court as I and to me this meant one thing, he had a large caseload. After meeting him I soon came to see why. Erick is a smart, well prepared attorney that any client would be super lucky to have on their side. Further, he is always ready to lend a helping hand to other attorneys, which says a lot about character in this competitive business. Yes, I wholeheartedly endorse Erik Friis as a great attorney and a great guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Our QC and Safety Plans, of cource we only extract the applicable parts or summaries and we do not include in our proposals the entire plan, unless they ask for it specifically."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Erik. He has all of the qualities of an outstanding attorney: he is knowledgeable, personable and honest. I would not hesitate to recommend him to colleagues, friends and family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Erik for the last couple of years. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to criminal law and someone I can turn to when I have questions. He fights for his clients and gets results! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Erik for a few years now and highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney. I have personally seen the attention he provides his clients and his results are outstanding. Give him a call if you are in the unfortunate position of needing defense counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric is an extremely thoughtful and responsive attorney. He gives his clients' matters great attention. The results are obvious. He invariably obtains great results for his attorneys. I have recommended Eric on a number of occasions and people have been very happy with the outcome of their cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Erik for a decade. He always works hard and does what is right. I have no problem recommending his service to anyone."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Erik Adler Friis
Erik Adler Friis
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 26 years
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