Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A.

Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A.

Ohio personal injury lawyers. We've been representing the injured for over 40 years. Fighting for you!

Firm Overview

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. We specialize in personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death, workers' compensation, and natural gas explosions.

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
Main Office
55 Public Square
#1055
Cleveland  OH  44113
Phone
  • (216) 621-0070
Fax
  • (216) 621-3731
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes. 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 Information

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm. Available 24/7 via answering service.
Office Manager
Julie M. Thomas
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English and Spanish

Other Offices

Marco Island Office
1141 Swallow Avenue
Marco Island,  FL  34145
Personal Injury
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.
At Friedman, Domiano & Smith, we often receive calls from people who have had their rights violated, in situations ranging from medical injuries to the denial of workers' compensation claims. If you think you need an attorney, call us. Our knowledge of Ohio's laws has helped us win even the toughest cases.

To get started, here's what we'll do:

Conduct a thorough interview with you to understand your situation. We never rush our clients and your privacy is always held in the highest regard.
Research the situation. This might mean investigating a company or reviewing records from an accident scene. We also look for previous complaints or, in premises cases, whether other, similar incidents have taken place.

Consult with highly regarded experts to gain an objective assessment of the long-term implications of your situation. This could mean consulting with medical experts, engineers, or crime-scene reconstructionists.

When we have a clear sense of your case, we will advise you on your options. This detailed approach has led to success in many cases, including slip and fall accidents, injuries from heavy lifting, electrocutions and injuries caused by removing or disabling automatic safety devices. The decision to pursue the case or not is always up to you.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

The law firm of Friedman, Domiano, & Smith (FDS) was established in 1988 with the mission to serve injured clients with the highest level of expertise, professionalism and integrity. Today, FDS continues to operate as one of Cleveland's most reputable and successful law firms. FDS has become a recognized institution in Northeast Ohio, whether it be from the FDS Logo on a nearby RTA bus or its long history of television commercials and print advertisements. Jeff Friedman, the face behind all of the action, is the managing partner of the law firm. When you meet Jeff in person, you experience first-hand his kind, hardworking, and genuine character. However, not everyone knows about his lifelong physical battles and how one car accident changed his life and enriched his spirit to become the successful human being and lawyer he is today.

On July 9, 1964, the day after Jeff's seventeenth birthday, what was meant to start out as a typical teenage weekend resulted in an event that impacted an entire lifetime. The initial plan involved the rental of a cottage for a weekend beach party at Geneva-on-the-Lake. During the evening drive to the cottage, Jeff and his friends became lost. The caravan of cars chose to stop, reconvene, and then proceed on their way to the cottage. Jeff switched cars and ended up in a car with a newly-licensed 16 year-old driver. Jeff did not know this driver well, but remembered the driver being warned to slow down multiple times after reaching speeds of 80 mph. The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road. He crashed the car into one tree and then another. Unfortunately, seat belts did not exist in vehicles at the time, a safety measure that could have prevented Jeff from being seriously injured. Also, laws did not exist at the time to protect and compensate injured passengers of motor vehicle accidents.

From the accident scene, Jeff was initially transported to Geneva Memorial Hospital. He then spent another six weeks at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Medical professionals at this time were just starting to treat spinal cord injuries for patients suffering from these injuries during the Vietnam War. From August of 1964 to September of 1965, Jeff resided in a rehab center at Highland View Hospital. During this period, Jeff was permitted to complete his high school requirements with tutorial support. He was also encouraged to apply to John Carroll University and was proudly accepted. To this day, Jeff retells heartfelt stories of how grateful he was to the university for constructing wheelchair ramps to make learning more accessible and for the unconditional support of university faculty mentors. Jeff graduated Cum Laude from John Carroll University with a B.A. degree in political science. He was the first recipient of the Scholastic and Political Achievement Award. Jeff continued his academic pursuits locally at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and graduated in 1972 with a Juris Doctor degree.

Jeff's keen understanding of the law and appreciation of political science motivated his successful run for the City Council of University Heights. He served on council for 29 years and was elected by his council peers to be vice mayor for several terms. During this same time frame, Jeff worked as a part-time Assistant Attorney General of Ohio for close to 27 years. He was also appointed to numerous boards such as Easter Seals and the Spinal Cord Injury Foundation to further serve the Greater Cleveland Community.

Since passing the Ohio Bar in 1973, Jeff has continued to practice law. Jeff started his legal career as a sole practitioner in the same office as his future partner, David Smith. In 1980, Jeff's classmate from college, Frank Chenette, left a high-powered Washington firm to join with Jeff in a partnership called Friedman & Chenette. Jeff and Frank practiced together until 1987 when Joe Domiano and David Smith were invited to join together in a new partnership. In late 1988, Frank ventured on his own and the firm of Friedman, Domiano & Smith, as we know it today, was formed. Friedman, Domiano & Smith embarked upon the toughest cases including rollover vehicles and was the first to establish case law involving sudden acceleration of a vehicle, which we see today in Toyota litigation. FDS has handled everything from railroad cases, trucking cases, product liability, spinal cord injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence to severe workplace injuries. FDS has successfully challenged insurance companies so that injured victims could receive damages after being denied their rights. FDS has documented trial experience and is fully prepared to defend your day in court if necessary.

Jeffrey H. Friedman


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.

Fighting unfair and unscrupulous insurance company exclusions has always been at the top of Jeffrey's list.
License
  • Bar Number: 0018563
    Ohio , 1973
Education
  • John Carroll University
    A.B. , 1969
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School
    J.D. , 1972
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