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Ian Friedman is a partner at Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., which is a Cleveland-based criminal defense law firm. His practice is focused on criminal, cyber & white-collar matters. He has represented individuals and entities across the United States, and has served as counsel in Europe, Asia, and South America. He is a court qualified expert in the realm of criminal justice, trial procedure and evidence. He is published in countless mediums and has taught criminal strategy across the globe. 

Ian was the first lawyer to be named “Lawyer of The Year” by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) in 2010. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he has taught Cybercrime since 2006. Ian served as President of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association (CMLAA) from 2012–2013. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers, an invitation only fellowship limited to the top 200 criminal defense trial lawyers in the United States, Canada and Europe. He served as President in 2018. As President of the OACDL, he was the driving force behind the overhaul of Ohio’s Criminal Rule 16. As a result of this effort, all state criminal cases now operate with greater transparency in what has become known as the “Open Discovery” system. In recognition of this accomplishment and his dedication to the legal profession, the CMBA honored Ian with the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award in 2010. That same year, the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Cleveland City Council honored him as well for the systemic change to the criminal justice system that resulted from his tireless dedication and leadership. In 2017, the CMLAA named Ian their “Alumni of The Year.” In 2019, he was named by his peers as Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense, General Practice in Cleveland. 

Ian firmly believes the CMBA’s Vision, Mission and Core Values stand for the highest qualities and aspirations of our legal profession. His greatest satisfaction in the profession presently is ensuring that newly admitted lawyers are properly trained and mentored to begin their legal careers. Since its’ inception, Ian has chaired the annual New Lawyer Bootcamp at the CMBA. This is a three-day intensive program that has helped hundreds of new lawyers to Northeast Ohio meet their license requirements and hit the ground running.

His focus as President of the CMBA will include expanding the organization’s profile across Northeast Ohio beyond the pure legal community, continue to increase member diversity, partner with regional law schools to jointly encourage all graduates to begin their careers as CMBA members, and promote greater fellowship within this esteemed profession.

On a personal note, Ian is more than fortunate to be married to Jamie Starkey. Jamie oversees the Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture Departments at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also the Acupuncturist for the Cleveland Indians. Ian and Jamie are parents to Madeline (11), Gabriel (4) and Emmitt (1). They live in Chagrin Falls.

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