L. Richard Fried Jr.

Founding Member

Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices

BIOGRAPHY

L. Richard Fried, Jr. is one of the founding members of the firm and has practiced law for over 55 years. Mr. Fried has a national reputation in the fields of personal injury, medical malpractice (having obtained more than 50 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million) and aviation law. He is listed and received the highest ratings in a number of lawyers’ directories including the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Fried was in 1984 and 2001 the President of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii. He was the recipient of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii’s first trial lawyer of the year award in 1994. Mr. Fried was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court to serve on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the State of Hawaii and the Chief Judge of the Hawaii Federal District Court to serve as a delegate to the federal district judges conference. Mr. Fried has been invited to join a number of trial lawyer associations. He frequently conducts teaching seminars for other attorneys in various aspects of tort law.

EDUCATION

  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • LL.B., – 1966
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
    • B.S., – 1963
    • Honors: With Honors

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Arizona, 1966-2020
  • Hawaii, 1968
  • U.S. District Court District of the Northern Mariana Islands, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1978
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, (Board of Directors, 1995 to 1997)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Lawyer Pilot’s Bar Association
  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii, (Member, Board of Governors, 1993 to 2000)
  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii, (President, 2001 to 2002)
  • American Association for Justice, (National Committeeman, 1980 to 1982)
  • American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group
  • American Association for Justice Aviation Law Section
  • American Association for Justice Federal Tort Liability and Military Advocacy Law Section
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • State of Hawaii v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., et al., 1CC 141000708 (Plavix Litigation) (First Circuit Court, State of Hawaii) ($834,000,000 judgment) (2019)
  • Campano v. U.S., 15-00439 (USDC Hawaii 2018)
  • McKenzie v. Hawaii Permanente Med. Group, 98 Hawaii 296, 47 P.3d 1209, (2002)
  • Abramson v. Aetna Ins. Co., 75 F.3d 304, (9th Cir. 1996)
  • Lum v. Queen’s Medical Center, 69 Haw. 419, 744 P.2d 1205, (1987)
  • Fernandez v. U.S., 673 F.2d 269, (9th Cir. 1982)
  • Survivors of Cariaga v. Del Monte Corp., 2 Haw.App. 672, 642 P.2d 537, (1982)
  • Peters v. Peters, 63 Haw. 653, 634 P.2d 586, (1981)
  • Seibel v. Kemble, 63 Haw. 516, 631 P.2d 173, (1981)
  • Siebel v. City and County of Honolulu, 61 Haw. 253, 602 P.2d 532, (1979)
  • Gregg Kendall & Associates, Inc. v. Kauhi, 53 Haw. 88, 486 P.2d 136, (1971)
  • Evanson v. University of Hawaii, 52 Haw. 595, 483 P.2d 187, (1971)
  • McIntosh v. Murphy, 52 Haw. 29, 469 P.2d 177, 52 Haw. 112, (1970)

HONORS

  • Best Lawyers in Hawaii (Lawyer of the Year, 2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Top Ten Court Awards in the U.S. (Campano v. U.S., 2018) ($24.7M)
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • International Biographical Centre Advisory Council

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Hawaii Theater Center (Board of Directors 2010 -; Vice-Chair)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (1977 – present) (Campaign Chair Lawyers’ Division 2016 – present)
  • Hawaii Innocence Project (Executive Director 2017 – present)
  • Hawaii Make-a-Wish Foundation (Board of Directors 2017 – present; Executive Committee 2020 – present)
  • Hawaii Tourism Authority (Board of Directors 2014-2021; Chair 2016-2021)
  • United States Tennis Association (Ranked No. 1 in Age Group in United States, 2021)

FRATERNITIES OR SORORITIES

  • Phi Delta Phi