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.
55 Public Square
Cleveland OH 44113
The law firm offers free initial consultations with perspective clients. There is no set time limit on the initial consultation
The law firm accepts most cases on a contingency fee arrangement.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm. Attorneys always available via answering service.
Julie M. Thomas
English and Spanish
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.
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.
We do not assist client with their own representation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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