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 resolved numerous personal injury matters as a neutral with JAMS and in countless settlement conferences during his 15-year career on the Los Angeles County Superior Court Bench. He is able to bridge even the most disparate parties involved in sensitive and contentious disputes, bringing them together and fostering resolution. Judge Friedman has experience handling disputes including catastrophic injury, auto accident, wrongful death, premises liability, sexual abuse, defamation, assault and battery, and other personal injury matters.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrated premises liability claim against American Indian tribe
  • Mediated multi-million-dollar malpractice case in which three sexually, physically and emotionally abused children alleged their child dependency attorneys failed to inform court about children’s abuse
  • Medical malpractice case involving infant’s wrongful death
  • Pre-litigation mediation of dispute involving two patients’ sexual abuse claims against physician charged with criminal sexual battery
  • Resolved auto accident damages lawsuit
  • Settled numerous premises liability cases ranging in claims from $250,000 to several millions of dollars
  • Settled catastrophic injury dispute involving defendant with limited insurance coverage striking pedestrian with automobile
  • Settled defamation and infliction of emotional distress lawsuit that teenage girl filed against four classmates, one of whom posted scurrilous message and depiction of her on social media site
  • Settled abundance of general personal injury matters:
    • Numerous cases with six-figure claims
    • Scores of auto accident cases
    • Wrongful death occurring in Pacific Coast Highway crash
    • Sexual abuse of four-year-old by park employee
    • Assault and battery, with injuries to victim including being shot in knee and struck in head with flashlight, and false imprisonment against security guard
    • Assault and battery at UCLA fraternity involving high-profile athletes
    • Assault and battery arising from fight at movie theater
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

Available nationwide


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