Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

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History[edit | edit source]

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson traces its origins back nearly a century to the predecessor firms Riegelman & Bach, Riegelman Hess & Strasser and Strasser Spiegelberg Fried and Frank. These firms were founded by German Jewish attorneys.[1] In 1971, the firm took its current form with name partners Walter Fried, Hans Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver and Leslie Jacobson.

Fried Frank has seven offices. Domestically, it opened a Washington, D.C. office in 1949. Fried Frank also opened a Los Angeles office in 1985, but closed it in 2005. In 1970, Fried Frank opened a London office becoming one of the first U.S. law firms to establish a European presence. A Paris office followed in 1993. It opened in Frankfurt in 2004. The three European offices tend to focus on international corporate transactions. The firm officially launched an office in Shanghai in October 2007.

Efforts to merge with an established UK law firm have been unsuccessful. In 2002, Fried Frank engaged in extenstive talks with UK giant Ashurst Morris Crisp,[2] but talks fell apart. Fried Frank in 2004 hired Ashurst's former managing partner, Justin Spendlove.[3]

In December 2006, the firm opened its Hong Kong office, raiding the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices of the London based international firm Simmons & Simmons, and recruiting their greater China managing partner, Huen Wong and other key partners. But in January 2015, Fried Frank announced it was closing its offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, effectively pulling the plug on its Asia practice.

In March 2009, Fried Frank announced it was laying off 41 associates and 58 staff members.[4] By September 2009, its attorney head count had shrunk 26.4 percent, the largest percentage decrease of any of the 250 largest law firms in the country.[5]

Practice[edit | edit source]

From January 1, 2002 through the second quarter of 2006, the firm represented clients in over 410 public merger and acquisition and private equity transactions with a combined value of over $1 trillion. The New York office has practices in public M&A and private equity; domestic and international capital markets and complex financings; asset management; corporate governance; securities regulation, compliance and enforcement; corporate reorganization, bankruptcy and debt restructuring; antitrust; intellectual property and technology; securities and shareholder litigation; white-collar crime; commercial litigation; real estate; benefits and compensation; tax; and trusts and estates.

The Washington office focuses on securities litigation and investigations, but also handles corporate law, tax, intellectual property and technology, commercial litigation, government contracts, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and white-collar crime.

Fried Frank's real estate practice is predominant in New York City, and the firm handles many of the largest transactions involving commercial office space.

Representative clients[edit | edit source]



Pro bono[edit | edit source]

Fried Frank has been listed as one of the top twenty firms in the United States for pro bono by The American Lawyer. The firm has worked on behalf of such organizations as the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Children’s Defense Fund, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Legal Aid Society, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the MINDS Foundation and the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium.[6] Fried Frank was listed by Law360 as the Pro Bono Firm of 2013, which recognized its experience in immigration law and public health law.[7]

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Anthony Lin, 'Can the 'Jewish Law Firm' Success Story Be Duplicated?,' New York Law Journal, May 16, 2006.
  2. Tromans, Richard Ashursts and Fried Frank in transatlantic merger bidLegal Week  (May 16, 2002)
  3. Collins, Antony Spendlove quits Ashurst for Fried FrankLegal Week  (March 19, 2004)
  4. Lowe, Zach Fried, Frank Lays Off 41 Associates, 58 StaffersThe Am Law Daily  (March 30, 2009)
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  6. Fried Frank > Pro Bono Publico,
  7. Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Fried Frank - Law360,
  8. Meet Trump’s Israel adviser,

External links[edit | edit source]