Attorney - Phillip E. Friduss

Attorney:

Phillip E. Friduss
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6959
F: 678-539-1567
E: pfriduss@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Phil Friduss is a Partner in the Atlanta office, with strong practice ties to the Firm's six (6) Georgia regional offices.. His practice focuses on the defense of high exposure cases in the areas of governmental liability, labor and employment, education, and correctional health care. Over a span of 25-plus years, Mr. Friduss has had the pleasure of representing over 200 public entities.
For the success of his team, Phil has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine all 14 years such designations have been made, and has also been an honored member of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite in the area of labor and employment law. For over 15 years, he has been AV ® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Friduss has been a member of the Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee for over 15 years, serving as its Chairman 2012-14. Phil is a national level speaker and author.  His legal column, Towns and the Law, appears monthly in Georgia Municipal Association’s flagship print publication, Georgia Cities.

Practice Areas

Correctional Health Care

Having represented the largest private correctional healthcare provider in the world for nearly 20 years, Mr. Friduss has seen every type of correctional health care case imaginable.  Delays in treatment, suicides, Tasering cases, excited delirium death cases, medical negligence, class actions, and claims under brought under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 – Phil has been at the forefront of correctional health care cases since they started popping up with regularity in the 1990’s.

Education

Mr. Friduss has successfully represented Georgia school districts and officials in every manner of education law, including Title IX matters, IDEA cases, and FERPA matters to name a few.  Phil also serves as counsel to school districts in matters related to Georgia’s Fair Dismissal Practices Act.
Phil currently serves as the Advisory Chair to the Defense Research Institute’s newly minted Education Substantive Law Group.

Employment

Over 27 years, Phil has successfully defended employment discrimination cases in every Georgia federal district. Mr. Friduss has worked as insurance counsel, special counsel, outside counsel, and as an investigator within both the private and public sector communities. 
Georgia Trend magazine has awarded Mr. Friduss the honor of being a member of Georgia's Legal Elite in the area of labor and employment law.  

Governmental Liability

In representing now well over 200 different public entities, Mr. Friduss’ governmental liability practice covers every corner of Georgia, often in tandem with the Firm’s six (6) Georgia regional offices.  He has successfully defended jury trials in every federal district in the State.
A Super Lawyer since the inception of such designation, Phil works closely with public entities and officials as insurance, special and outside counsel in all manner of 1983 litigation and state law matters.  With a governmental practice ranging from police misconduct to First Amendment cases, from land use to wrongful death suits, and from high speed pursuits to jail cases, he is a go-to lawyer in the highest exposure cases.
Phil is a widely known speaker and author on both the state and national levels.  He served as Chairman of the powerful Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee (where he presently serves on the Advisory Board), and also chaired the American Bar Association’s Sub-Committee on Civil Rights/First Amendment Liability.  He serves as the legal columnist for the Georgia Municipal Association’s flagship print publication. Georgia Cities

Education

J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1989
B.A., Belmont College, 1983

Admitted

Georgia

Publications

2(B), or Not 2(B) – Show Me Your Papers Survives to See Another Day, DRI Today (2016)
Today's Cprrectional Healthcare World, White Paper 2017
Municipal Courts' Practices Involving Incarceration of Indigent Defendants Under Fire, 2016 ACCG Annual Meeting
Georgia's Wistleblower Act as Applied to Local Governments, 62nd Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys, 2015
Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities legal columnist since 2011
A Legal Fight, for Freedom: The Dred Scott Decision, For the Defense 2011
Defending the Indefensible: Racial Profiling Hits the Courts, For the Defense, 2000
ADA UPDATE: Supreme Court Rejects “Ability to Perform Job Tasks” Standard in Favor of Focusing on a Claimant’s Ability to Perform Activities of “Central Importance to Daily Life – numerous publications
The Telecommunications Act of 1996, For the Defense, DRI, December 2008
Public Entities and Public Officials’ Liability Under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1985
Justices Give the War on Drugs a Significant Boost: The Year in the Fourth Amendment, 29 The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State and Local Government Law 787-93 (1997)
Update on Fourth Amendment Search Cases: The New and Confused Framework, 28 The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State and Local Government Law 679-700 (1996)
National and Local Speaking Engagements every year since 1996 (DRI; ABA; Georgia ICLE, ACHSA; USLAW; Texas Bar Association; among others)

Presentations

National and Local Speaking Engagements every year since 1996 (DRI; ABA; Georgia ICLE, ACHSA; USLAW; Texas Bar Association; among others)

Awards

AV ® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite

Super Lawyers 2003-2017

Memberships

Chairman (2012-14), Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee

Defense Research Institute’s Governmental Liability Committee since 2000

Member, Senator Paul Coverdell’s Crime and Law Enforcement Task Force, 1998-2000

Co-Chairman, ABA’s Committee on Civil Rights Liability, 1998

Chairman, ABA Sub-Committee on Civil Rights/First Amendment Liability, 1997