Raphael A. Friedman

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Raphael’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. Clients facing legal challenges, including potential loss of their liberty, value Raphael’s tenacity and his personalized approach to advocacy.

In both civil and criminal matters, Raphael truly gets to know his clients, enabling him to craft creative and effective solutions to tough legal issues. Raphael also dedicates a significant portion of his time to the firm’s Pro Bono and Indigent Defense practices. He recently co-authored, with Noam Biale, an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case concerning criminal forfeiture. His legal scholarship has appeared in prominent law journals.

During law school, Raphael interned in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Southern District of New York, where he assisted with numerous high-profile criminal cases. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal in a boutique litigation firm concentrating on complex products liability matters.

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Brandeis Association, Judge Moses M. Weinstein Scholarship (for academic achievements and community service) (2021)


Federal Bar Council, Public Service Committee

Federal Bar Association

News and Publications

With Douglas Jensen, “Can Wrongfully Convicted Defendants in the USA Recover Restitution Already Distributed to Victims?,” Chambers and Partners (November 15, 2023)

“Parental Rights and Laws Banning Youth Tackle Football,” Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 21:1 (Spring 2022)

“Roper, Graham, Miller & the MS-13 Juvenile Homicide Cases,” NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 77:1 (2021)

“The COVID-19 Pandemic Is No Time for Referral to Administrative Agencies: The Dangers of the Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine,” NYU Annual Survey of American Law Forum (Forum 1, 2022)

“Kavanaugh May Be Open to Restoring Strict Scrutiny Review in Free Exercise Cases,” Emory University’s Canopy Forum (June 28, 2022) 

“Why This Supreme Court Should Overrule Employment Div. v. Smith,” Emory University’s Canopy Forum (June 9, 2021)