Ian R. Friedman

Shareholder, Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law

Ian R. Friedman is a Shareholder in Klinedinst’s San Diego office, and a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Friedman focuses his practice on professional liability defense, business litigation, and personal injury law.

In his practice, Mr. Friedman represents business entities, as well as individuals in multi-million dollar disputes involving the ownership and operation of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He also has previous experience litigating cases involving school bond issues, investment fraud, wrongful deaths, federal and state housing claims, real estate issues, ADA compliance and employment claims. In his professional liability defense practice, Mr. Friedman has successfully represented attorneys, real estate brokers, and investment advisers against claims of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and fraud.

Mr. Friedman has continually obtained early resolutions for his clients through California’s Anti-SLAPP statute, summary judgment, demurrer, and motions to dismiss. He has protected his clients’ right to litigate in their chosen venue by succeeding on motions to transfer venue and motions to compel arbitration. Ian has also assisted in the trial of multiple cases to verdict including serving as co-trial counsel examining and cross-examining critical witnesses during a two-week bench trial.

Within the community, Mr. Friedman is an active member of San Diego Defense Lawyers, and was named Young Attorney of the Year in 2016. In 2024, he has the privilege and honor of serving as President of the same organization that recognized his work as an up-and-coming defense lawyer eight years earlier. He has achieved the highest AV®-Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Friedman earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2013 where he completed a concentration in business and corporate law. He worked as a judicial extern with the San Diego County Superior Court and as a law clerk for several San Diego law firms and public agencies. He is a former newspaper reporter and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.


  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 2013)
  • University of Arizona (B.A., magna cum laude, 2010)


San Diego
(619) 400-8000


Ian R. Friedman


  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California