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Melissa J. Friedman

Friedman_Melissa

Melissa J. Friedman

Senior Associate

Melissa Friedman, who joined WilmerHale in 2019, focuses on complex litigation matters. She brings extensive trial experience from her tenure as a Skadden fellow and staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in New York, during which she conducted more than 25 trials and successfully negotiated plea and settlement agreements in hundreds of cases. 

While at the Legal Aid Society, Ms. Friedman managed a caseload of approximately 150 children at a time, shepherding them through abuse, neglect and delinquency proceedings and handling all aspects of related trials. She also developed a training, policy and litigation strategy to challenge New York’s application of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) to non-respondent parents. 

Ms. Friedman has also served as the director of policy and outreach for the documentary film Tough Love, which focused on child welfare, and was a judicial intern for Judge Jeri B. Cohen in the Juvenile Division of Miami Dade County Circuit Court.

Ms. Friedman is a member of the Children and the Law Committee of the New York City Bar and the Brooklyn Defenders Services Family Defense Practice’s Associate Board. She has also led a number of training sessions on the ICPC and related law and policy issues.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2014

    • BA, Latin American Studies and Spanish, Washington University, 2009

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • New York

  • Languages

    • Spanish

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