Friedman, Domiano & Smith
Cleveland-based law firm specializing in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents Nursing Home Abuse.
The attorneys at Friedman, Domiano & Smith have built a reputation for success based on numerous jury verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars. Our law firm serves clients in a broad range of personal injury matters. These include automobile and truck accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death and workers' compensation.
In 1988, Jeffrey Friedman, Joseph Domiano and David Smith established Friedman, Domiano & Smith, a firm dedicated to helping seriously injured people protect their rights. Prior to joining forces, Jeffrey Friedman was involved in plaintiff's injury work as well as criminal law, municipal law, domestic relations, and civil rights litigation. As a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair since the age of 17, Jeffrey Friedman fought to protect the rights of the injured. He was the founding member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice as well as head of the Easter Seals Society of Ohio. He was the founding member of the National Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. His contributions and efforts resulted in significant changes in the law for the benefit of those injured and disabled. Joseph Domiano's practice, prior to Friedman, Domiano & Smith, included service as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, as well as serving as the Law Director for a number of municipalities and boards of education. Attorney David Smith had worked for the IRS as an agent and was counsel for a number of small businesses in Northeast Ohio. As a firm, Jeffrey Friedman, Joseph Domiano & David Smith concentrated their efforts in the interest of advocating for the rights of injured individuals.
- Main Office
55 Public Square
Cleveland OH 44113
- (216) 621-0070
- (216) 621-3731
- Free Initial Consultation?
The law firm offers free initial consultations with perspective clients. There is no set time limit on the initial consultation
- Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
The law firm accepts most cases on a contingency fee arrangement.
- Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm. Attorneys always available via answering service.
- Office Manager
Julie M. Thomas
- Emergency After Hours
- Languages Spoken
English and Spanish
- Personal Injury
Cleveland-based law firm specializing in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents Nursing Home Abuse. Visit www.fdslaw.com for more information.The attorneys at Friedman, Domiano & Smith have built a reputation for success based on numerous jury verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars. Our law firm serves clients in a broad range of personal injury matters. These include automobile and truck accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death and workers' compensation. Visit www.fdslaw.com for additional information.
What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
Education is a good thing, but the law is complicated with many exceptions and qualifications. Clients should always speak with an attorney in order to understand and appreciate all of the issues that are material to their case. Aside from factual issues, there are defenses which are sometimes raised by defendants that may have an impact on a potential claim.
Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?
Our attorneys review everything that is material to a clientâs case. Certainly before a client executes any document, it would be reviewed by one the attorneys in the firm.
Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
We do not assist client with their own representation.
Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?
Typically, the firm handles all aspects of a personal injury claim, including medical malpractice and car accidents. There may be certain circumstances in which a unique area of law may either require co-counsel or separate counsel. In the event that separate counsel is required, the law firm will typically assist the client with finding counsel for whatever part of the claim the firm is not handling. Such cases are rare, and the exception rather that the rule.
What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?
The law firm operates as one legal team to achieve the best results for the client in the most cost effective manner. Attorneys oversee each case, but paralegals are used to perform various functions during the pendency of the case.
How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?
Mediation and arbitrations, sometimes referred to as alternate dispute resolution mechanisms, are employed in those cases where they will likely provide some benefit and where they will not unduly delay the prosecution of the case.
Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?
The law firm participates in a number of community functions, and each year conducts a fundraiser to benefit a charity (or in some cases a needy family) in the City of Cleveland.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
Friedman, Domiano & Smith is committed to the pursuit of its clientsâ interests and is backed by decades of legal experience. The firm realizes that for many, this may be their first contact with the legal system, and thus, the attorneys take the time necessary to walk each client through the legal process. The law firm is dedicating to challenging the law, where appropriate, to preserve the rights of injury victims and does not shy away from cases there is a reasonable chance of breaking new legal ground.
- Jeffrey continues to concentrate his practice on automobile and truck cases, birth injury cases, defective product claims, and serious workplace injury cases. Most recently, he has been involved in several gas explosion cases. Despite the ever-changing laws governing intentional tort claims, Jeffrey continues to challenge these laws, and he presently has several claims pending before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
- Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
J.D. , 1972
- John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
A.B. (Magna Cum Laude) , 1969
- Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
Fighting unfair and unscrupulous insurance company exclusions has always been at the top of Jeffrey's list. He battles for victims'
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