James Friedman is the former team leader of the Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Group and former co-team leader of the Litigation Practice Group, working out of the Madison office. He practices in the civil litigation area with an emphasis on insurance coverage, insurance liquidation and guaranty fund work, media law, appellate litigation, and intellectual property.
Before joining the firm, James served as the law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Steinmetz. He is the author of the chapter “Creative Strategies and Responses to Changes in Insurance Coverage Law” of the book “Inside the Minds: Recent Developments in Insur ance Coverage Litigation” and the co-author of the chapter “Understanding Traditional and Non-Traditional Bad Faith Claims” of the book “Inside the Minds: Extracontractual Claims Against Insurers.” He is also the co-author of the NCIGF Annotated Model Insurance Guaranty Act, five chapters in the Media Law Resource Center’s “50-State Survey of Libel and Privacy Law,” the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, 50-state Compendium of Shield Laws, and the article “State Constitutions: The Shopping Mall Cases,” published in the 1998 Wisconsin Law Review.
James is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin courts, state and federal; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has successfully represented insurance, news media, and other business clients before administrative tribunals, through state and federal trial courts (including several jury trials), in intermediate appellate courts, and before the Wisconsin and United States Supreme Courts.