Julie Nord Friedman

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Julie Nord Friedman

Pittsburgh

Tel (412) 261-5709

Fax (412) 261-5710

Bio

Julie Nord Friedman is a Partner of Rawle & Henderson LLP in the Pittsburgh office.  She concentrates her practice in the defense of manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in mass and toxic tort litigation, with an emphasis on asbestos litigation.  Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to regional contractors and suppliers. She is a National Coordinating Counsel for one client and she also acts as trial counsel in the defense of claims in mass tort and toxic tort litigation.  She regularly handles matters for multiple clients in the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the State of West Virginia.  She is also retained as trial counsel in high exposure cases to try cases to verdict in state and federal courts. 

Ms. Friedman earned her J.D. in 1995 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her B.A. in 1992 from The American University in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia.  She has practiced pro hac vice before state and federal courts in Ohio, Maryland, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Arkansas. 

Ms. Friedman is active in the American Bar Association. She was appointed as Vice-Chair to the Women Trial Lawyers General Committee for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 bar years.  She has also been appointed as a Vice-Chair to the Litigation and Trial Practice General Committee for the 2020-21 bar year and as a Vice-Chair to the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law General Committee for the 2020-21 bar year.  She has been an invited member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) since 2015.  She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:

Co-Presenter, “Ethics Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them” ABA Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2018

Co-Presenter, “Personal Jurisdiction: A New Look at Mass Tort Litigation – Where Do We Go from Here?” Annual National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2017

Co-Presenter, “Challenging the Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction and the Rise of Specific Jurisdiction Post-Daimler” Annual National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2016

“Island Hopping Among the Chromosomes: Are Chromosomal Aberrations the Trump Card in Toxic Tort Causation?” co-authored with Eric Falk and Howard M. Sandler, DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter, Volume 15, Issue 1, July 2012

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1995
United States District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia, 2002

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1995)
The American University, Washington, D.C., (B.A. ,1992)

Professional Associations

Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Allegheny County Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
American Bar Association

Seminars, Speeches & Publications