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Linda D. Friedman is a founding partner of Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. where she has practiced law since 1989. The firm has experienced considerable success in discrimination cases in which Ms. Friedman has been involved, including recovering well over $600 million for victims in settlements or verdicts.
Ms. Friedman was lead counsel on the statistical evidence hearing held in the case of Cremin v. Merrill Lynch, which resulted in a finding of class-wide pattern and practice of gender discrimination. The result was a settlement process that led to the ultimate recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for women.
Ms. Friedman also has been counsel in other high-profile significant class and multiple plaintiff verdicts. In Biondo v. City of Chicago, four jury trials in a class-action race discrimination suit led to the recovery of full back pay, pension losses, and promotions. In Dornbos v. County of Cook, a collective jury trial for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act led to the recovery of wages for the county's bomb squad. In Roche v. City of Chicago, a collective action successfully challenged the City of Chicago's mandatory age requirement policy for approximately 50 plaintiffs who recovered lost wages. Finally, Martens v. Smith Barney, a national sexual harassment class action, recovered in excess of $100 million, including a diversity fund of $15 million.
"I believe her ability to communicate with the jury stems from the fact that she thinks like a person sitting in the jury box - on a level that is so understandable, so straightforward and so credible... Whenever she comes into my courtroom, I know the case will be handled well and her clients will receive the best representation possible" -- U.S. District Court Judge James F. Holderman
Ms. Friedman has represented clients nationwide, including in private mediation and arbitration, EEOC arbitration, Merit System Protection Board, federal district court jury and bench trials and appeals. She is a frequent speaker at bar association functions and Continuing Legal Education seminars. These have included the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference on alternative dispute resolution and the Practicing Law Institute in New York on ethical considerations in maintaining a multi-state or cross-border national law practice. She has been a speaker for presentations with the EEOC, ABA (subcommittee on securities litigation in New York and employment discrimination), SPIDER (Washington, D.C.) Insurance Bar, CBA, NELA and other organizations and academic institutions (Northwestern Business School, DePaul Law School, Vassar College).
Ms. Friedman also has appeared on CNBC and CNN and is a continuing commentator on legal stories for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Dow Jones, Reuters, and Bloomberg, among others.
Ms. Friedman started her legal career as the first law clerk to the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber, U.S. District Court for the Northern District.
Ms. Friedman is most proud of the firm she founded where attorneys are not only trained in representing plaintiffs in civil rights litigation, but also acknowledge the importance of giving back to the community through pro bono services. For example, the firm represented a class of workers from Harvey, IL on a pro bono basis in a class action civil rights suit, which resulted in a settlement following a month-long difficult trial and appeal.
The firm also has participated with clients in lobbying for legislative change in Washington, D.C. for important civil rights laws such as the CRTRA and the Ledbetter bill. Ms. Friedman is pro bono counsel to the WNBA Chicago Sky Basketball team and a supporter of numerous charitable organizations which contribute to the development of civil rights and support disadvantaged persons.
Ms. Friedman has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She has been recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers and voted by Leading Lawyers as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois," "Top 100 Leading Consumer Lawyers in Illinois" and "Top 10 Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers in Illinois." American Lawyer Media named Ms. Friedman one of the "Ten Most Influential Women Lawyers in Illinois." Ms. Friedman was recognized by Women Employed as one of 35 Champions for Change and the DePaul University College of Law Women's Alumni Association. She also formerly served on the Dean's Council to DePaul University College of Law. Ms. Friedman is AV® Peer Review Rated by Lexis/Nexis Martindale-Hubbell - the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability.
Notable Cases and Results: See firm website for notable cases.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado, B.A.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association