Terry Friedman

Hon. Terry B. Friedman (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Erica Wu
T: 213-253-9793
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Judge Friedman has experience handling entertainment industry claims as a trial judge, mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee. He has overseen disputes arising during nearly every level of film, television and multimedia game productions, from financing to development to post-production.

Regarded for his patience and grasp of complex issues, Judge Friedman has consistently won acclaim for his ability to handle complicated and sensitive matters in high-stakes cases.

Representative Matters

  • Disputes involving high profile individuals and personal staff members
  • Discovery referee for countless complicated motions for renowned video game developers regarding unpaid royalties, bonuses and other compensation following termination 
  • Numerous disputes involving media producers and publishers with claims related to insubordination, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty 
  • Multimillion-dollar disputes between film production companies and successful independent film makers regarding production of multiple films 
  • Discovery referee on several extensive motions by major sports and entertainment facility alleging major television network broadcast defamatory news reports about facility 
  • Claims regarding failure to properly allocate value of film to licensees 
  • Many disputes related to failure to pay according to contractual formula 
  • Numerous multimillion-dollar disputes between major international film studios and national hedge fund investors regarding funding of theatrically released films 
  • Matters related to sequel rights and compensation disputes between film producers and production company 
  • Participation disputes between producer-writer and film production company regarding post-resignation work 
  • Matter between two major international talent agencies disputing millions in commissions from multiple film projects 
  • Dispute between network and creator of top-ranked television program regarding format and creative control 
  • Business disputes between partner companies in motivational speaking industry 
  • Pre-hearing matters in dispute between film company and 3D producer 
  • Dispute between reality television producer and provider of specialty cars and drivers 
  • Matter regarding $500,000 minimum guarantee to produce live stage versions of popular television programs 
  • Fee disputes regarding representation of independent film company by major national law firm 
  • Tripartite arbitration appeal involving buy-sell agreement by which studio purchased classic comic book and film intellectual property with complex contract interpretation 
  • Dispute related to reality television contestant alleging wrongful discharge by production company 
  • Numerous disputes between Academy Award winning production companies and screenwriters and producers of franchise films 
  • Disputes between musical performers and concert booking agencies 
  • Post-termination dispute between studio President and studio 
  • Actor’s $7 million breach of contract case against production companies for failure to finish project 
  • Breach of contract claims involving product placement in a motion picture 
  • Dispute involving actress’ breach of contract claims over commercial endorsement and modeling work 
  • Multi-million-dollar dispute between companies over transfer of major film into 3D format 
  • Arbitration of multi-million-dollar film financing dispute 
  • Arbitrator for matter involving claims of breach of trade-out agreement between production company and vendor 
  • Bench trial involving multiple parties to film financing agreement 
  • Bench trial involving writer who claimed producer failed to pay for completed script 
  • Breach of contract claims involving record royalties for third-party use of master recordings 
  • Claims by actress that publicity photo was improperly used 
  • Defamation claims against comedian and several international television networks 
  • Discovery referee on defamation matter involving television network and large sports and entertainment venue 
  • Granted anti-SLAPP motion dismissing claims that website failed to properly credit producer for three motion picture productions 
  • Breach of employment contract disputes involving home entertainment subsidiaries of international media companies and parent firms of several major restaurant chains 
  • Numerous fraud actions involving film financing 
  • Case between writer/producer against television network involving “pay or play” provision in contract 
  • Presided over two-week court trial involving fraudulent representation claims to investors about license to produce, distribute, and sell popular musician’s record
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Appointed to Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee, 2010
  • Judge of the Year, Juvenile Court Judges of California, 2001
  • Recipient, Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Public Health by a State Legislator, American Medical Association, 1995
  • Public Service Award,Western Center on Law and Poverty, 1993
  • Public Service Award for Excellence, UCLA Alumni Association, 1990
  • Judicial Council of California, 2005-2012
    • Commission on Impartial Courts, Judicial Selection & Retention Task Force, 2007-2010
    • California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care, 2006-2010

ADR Profiles

  • Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, 2010-present
  • Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 1995-2010
  • Member, California State Assembly, 1986-1994
  • Executive Director, Bet Tzedek, 1978-1986
  • Staff Attorney, Western Center on Law and Poverty, 1976-1978
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), 1976
  • B.A., with Honors, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1971



Practice Areas

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