Bryce L. Friedman is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He concentrates on representing clients in complex commercial disputes and in responding to allegations of fraud. Representative recent engagements are listed below.
Bryce has particular experience in the insurance and reinsurance business. He has represented insurers in a variety of commercial, coverage, reinsurance and trade practice disputes. He has litigated and arbitrated disputes to conclusion in state and federal courts and arbitral forums across the United States. He is recognized by Chambers as a notable practitioner. Commentators say Bryce is “super smart, savvy and understands coverage and litigation nuance.” “He is the complete package. He’s a great speaker, a great writer and has a superior strategic sense.” Bryce is also recognized as a national “Litigation Star” for insurance by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. Bryce has served on Law360’s Insurance Editorial Advisory Board and as a member of the NYC Bar’s Insurance Committee.
Bryce also regularly represents clients in responding to whistleblowers’ allegations of fraud, including False Claims Act violations. He assists clients with investigations of such allegations and litigates False Claims Act (FCA) claims when necessary. Bryce has achieved dismissal with no payment of a series of FCA whistleblower litigations including: cases in Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana arising out of the National Flood Insurance Program; cases in Buffalo, New York against financial institutions arising from the Medicare Secondary Payor Act; a case in San Diego, California against a major bank relating to the 2008 financial crisis. Bryce achieved a favorable resolution for the City of New York of a multibillion-dollar False Claims Act suit brought by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York alleging health care fraud just days before trial.
Bryce has litigated extensively in bankruptcy court and tried contested matters for both debtors and creditors. Bryce’s clients regularly call on him to assist in managing crises and unusual events pre-litigation. Such engagements often involve personnel issues, potential data breaches and theft of information, financial reporting, regulatory inquiries and unexpected product or business failures in the business and professional services, consumer products, financial services and transportation industries.
Bryce received his B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1994. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1997, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a law clerk for the late United States District Judge Shirley Wohl Kram in the Southern District of New York.
Bryce is co-chair of the Firm’s Legal Personnel Committee. Bryce is currently a member of the Council for the International Institute for Conflict Prevent and Resolution (CPR) and the Boards of Directors of the New York International Arbitration Center, Volunteers of Legal Service Inc. (VOLS) and the off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons.