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 disputes involving real estate issues, including breach of contract, contractor, guaranty, homeowners’ association, lease, property, and water damage matters. During his time as a neutral and on the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench, Judge Friedman developed a reputation as having a patient, fair, intelligent, and collaborative approach to resolving matters. These traits, combined with his experience, make him an ideal mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee for complex and contentious real property disputes, including those involving multiple parties.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of Contract
    • Mediated $925,000 dispute involving real estate fraud and breach of residential purchase contract for luxury condominium
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Mediated breach of fiduciary duty dispute involving real estate agent’s undisclosed financial interest in $6.5 million sale of apartment that sold two months later for $8.4 million
  • Breach of Warranty
    • Mediation involving tenant’s breaches of warranty and habitability over bed bug infestation
  • Contractor
    • Arbitrated $200,000 homeowner action against home improvement company for allegedly faulty repairs
  • Guaranty
    • Settled dispute involving breach of $8 million guaranty for major real estate development
  • Homeowners’ Association
    • Arbitrated attorney fee dispute between homeowner and homeowners’ association arising out of homeowners’ attempts to enjoin association, city, and non-profit owner of adjacent property from developing sports facility in violation of association’s CC&Rs
    • Arbitrated dispute between homeowners’ association and non-resident homeowner denied permission to transfer ownership on grounds it violated association’s by-laws
    • Mediated condominium owner’s claims against homeowners’ association, upstairs unit owners, and subcontractors over interior and exterior damages to unit
    • Settled dispute over unpaid dues between homeowner and homeowners’ association
  • Landlord/Tenant
    • Settled numerous commercial and residential eviction disputes
  • Lease
    • Resolved pre-litigation commercial lease dispute involving breach of lease, consequential damages, constructive eviction, and interference with prospective business advantage issues
  • Lien
    • Mediation between homeowner and coastal regulatory agency over validity of $1.4 million judgment lien
  • Property Line
    • Mediation of pre-litigation dispute involving property line dispute with hostile adjacent neighbor
  • Quiet Title
    • Resolved quiet title dispute between sisters
    • Settled six-figure quiet title dispute regarding property encroachment
    • Settled single-defendant $400,000 wrongful foreclosure, quiet title, and slander of title matter
  • Water Damage
    • Settled six-figure, multi-party dispute involving water damage to condominium unit
    • Homebuyer claims that owner-builder failed to disclose prior water intrusion at residence that led to more than $300,000 in water damage
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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