August 29, 2017 - Board member and Second Vice President Robert Friedman is nationally-recognized as one of the leading Florida insurance lawyers exclusively representing policyholders. Robert serves as outside coverage counsel to many of the largest public and private corporations in Florida, as well as to many companies, government entities, and non-profits in Florida, New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Robert litigates insurance coverage cases in addition to providing insurance advice to corporate boards, contracting and indemnity advice, and advice to Florida governmental entities on insurance claims and regulatory and public policy issues. He is a frequent lecturer to business and legal groups on insurance topics, and maintains a leading blog on Florida insurance law developments.
Robert has practiced in his own firm since 2011. Prior to that he served as head of the Insurance Coverage Practice at Gunster in West Palm Beach, where he founded the firm’s insurance practice in 2006. He lived and practiced law in New York City for seven years before moving to Florida. After law school, Robert served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Robert has devoted a significant portion of his time to pro bono legal work since he was a young associate in New York. He was recognized by the New York City Bar Association for spending countless hours providing pro bono insurance representation to victims and families of the 9/11 attacks. In 2006, Lawyers Alliance for New York recognized Robert’s pro bono efforts with a Cornerstone Award, the highest business law pro bono honor in New York, for his representation of a non-profit on a first-party property claim involving a severely damaged mental health housing facility. In 2013, Robert received the Civil Litigation Pro Bono Award at Legal Aid’s 25th Annual Pro Bono Recognition Event for his pro bono insurance counsel provided to the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.Robert lives in West Palm Beach with his wife Ruth and three children.