Matthew D. Friedlander

Matthew D. Friedlander


Matthew Friedlander is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Friedlander focuses his practice on appellate advocacy in state and federal courts, and has experience representing clients in complex, high-value commercial disputes at all stages of the litigation process.

In addition to handling matters in the appellate courts, Mr. Friedlander assists trial lawyers at both Holland & Knight and outside firms in high-stakes matters with an eye toward a potential appeal. Specifically, Mr. Friedlander advises trial attorneys on properly preserving arguments and objections for appeal, and assists with drafting and arguing directed verdict motions and post-trial motions.

Mr. Friedlander's representative matters include the following:

  • Eleventh Circuit reversal of an adverse summary judgment ruling in a high-stakes trade secret case
  • U.S. Supreme Court adoption of position advocated for in an amicus curiae brief regarding attorney sanctions
  • Representation of a foreign aluminum manufacturer before the Eleventh Circuit in a dispute concerning propriety of a large international arbitration award
  • Appellate representation of commercial premises owners, drug manufacturers, and other large businesses in negligence actions involving jury verdicts ranging from $10 million to nearly $50 million
  • Appellate representation of railroads in Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) cases

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Friedlander served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank M. Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also previously served as a staff attorney for the Eleventh Circuit, helping all judges of the court. Prior to his time with the Eleventh Circuit, Mr. Friedlander spent two years as a litigation associate at an international law firm.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Emory University, B.A., Philosophy
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
  • Wisconsin
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Appellate Practice Committee
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • State Bar of Georgia Appellate Practice Section
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa