February 1, 2021

David Friedman Joins Stris & Maher to Launch Bay Area Office

LOS ANGELES, California (February 1, 2021) – Stris & Maher LLP is pleased to announce its expansion into Northern California with the addition of Dave Friedman and colleagues from Ogloza Fortney + Friedman LLP, a Bay Area litigation boutique.

For over two decades, Dave has represented Bay Area companies, startups, directors and officers, executives, and investors. He is frequently sought out by in-house counsel, entrepreneurs, and investors as well as Am Law partners looking to refer specific matters to an experienced and trusted litigator. Dave began his career in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he practiced for 12 years.

“We are delighted that Dave has agreed to open and lead our San Francisco office,” says managing partner Elizabeth Brannen. “We regularly handle significant litigation and intellectual property matters for Bay Area clients, including two recent trials. Now we will do so with boots on the ground.”

Dave handles a wide variety of complex disputes in courts throughout the country, including the Delaware Court of Chancery. He has extensive experience with corporate governance disputes, representing plaintiffs and defendants in breach of fiduciary duty, corporate control, and founder and partnership litigation. He also guides public and private companies as well as executives through internal investigations, government inquiries, and SEC enforcement actions.

“I’m thrilled to join forces with such a highly regarded group of lawyers,” says Dave, pointing to the firm’s recent recognition as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year. “There are clear synergies between my complex litigation practice and theirs.”

Dave will be joined in the San Francisco office by associate Michelle Covington and senior paralegal Nick Bertolino. Partner Dana Berkowitz, who chairs the firm’s healthcare practice and will also spend significant time in the San Francisco office, welcomes the three to the firm: “I look forward to working side by side with each of you to deliver exceptional client service.”