Matthew Friedlander is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta Litigation Practice Group. He represents distressed clients in complex, high-value disputes at all stages of the litigation process with a focus on appellate advocacy. Drawing on his years of experience as a business litigator and appellate law clerk, Mr. Friedlander advises clients regarding post-trial strategy and works to mitigate or eliminate significant liabilities by filing post-trial motions and appealing the judgment. He has successfully obtained reversals of large judgments entered against several of his clients.
Mr. Friedlander does not just respond to crises – he tries to prevent them. He collaborates with trial lawyers at both Holland & Knight and outside firms in high-stakes matters with an eye toward a potential appeal. Clients often retain Mr. Friedlander well before trial to serve as the point person for legal issues that could shape the state of admissible trial evidence and establish the client's legal defenses.
Mr. Friedlander has represented a variety of commercial entities in complex business disputes involving common law fraud, breach of contract, breach of representations and warranties, securities fraud, products liability, corporate negligence, and employment matters. He also has defended clients in high-exposure wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases.
Mr. Friedlander's appellate representative matters include:
- reversal of $47 million and $7 million personal injury verdicts in related cases involving third-party criminal conduct
- reversal of $30 million personal injury verdict in automobile accident case
- reversal of the order dismissing a plaintiff's complaint for a government agency's improper withholding of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Supreme Court of Georgia reversal of a Georgia Court of Appeals order affirming dismissal of complaint on res judicata grounds
- reversal of a railroad worker's personal injury verdict obtained pursuant to Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)
- appellate representation of commercial premises owners, drug manufacturers and other large businesses in negligence actions involving jury verdicts ranging from $10 million to $125 million
- appellate representation of railroads in FELA cases
Mr. Friedlander's other representative matters include:
- representation of an electric authority in multiple cases involving a multibillion-dollar contract dispute regarding financing for the proposed expansion of a nuclear power facility
- representation of a chemical manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar asbestos-related premises liability case
- representation of directors and officers of a trading company in multimillion-dollar securities fraud lawsuit
- representation of an energy infrastructure company in a land use and property rights dispute
- representation of a hospital in an open records dispute involving proprietary and confidential trade secret information
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 was a litigation associate at an international law firm.
Mr. Friedlander is an active member of the Appellate Practice Committee of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Litigation, the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, and the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers. In addition, Mr. Friedlander is a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
- University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- Emory University, B.A., Philosophy
- 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
- 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
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
- Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University, 2008