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Robert D. Friedman is an associate at Gupta Wessler and a part of the firm’s Civil Rights and Class Action Practice. He focuses on litigating under federal and state anti-discrimination and consumer protection statutes in cases across the country. He also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in cases against government actors. Before joining the firm, Rob was a Senior Counsel at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, a public interest litigation organization housed at Georgetown University Law Center, and the Relman Civil Rights Fellow at Relman Colfax PLLC.
Rob has worked on a range of groundbreaking lawsuits across numerous issue areas. He has served as counsel in multiple class actions aimed at reforming the criminal legal system and ending the criminalization of poverty; represented non-citizens and their families in cases to obtain benefits, citizenship, and legal status; and served as counsel to community activists seeking to enhance government transparency and to vindicate their rights after being threatened with retaliatory prosecutions. In addition to his work on behalf of plaintiffs, Rob has successfully represented criminal defendants charged under a first-of-its-kind statute criminalizing First Amendment activity in courthouses. Rob’s work has involved representing clients at all levels of litigation, from administrative proceedings to the United States Supreme Court. He has presented oral argument in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Utah Supreme Court, and various trial courts.
Rob served as a law clerk to Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as a Comments Editor on the Law Review and finished first in his class.