Joseph Fried

Fried Goldberg LLC

I was born in San Diego, California. I was the 4th of 5 kids and the first son. My Dad was a doctor but as a young man he was part of the fight for the establishment of Israel and it was always his dream to live there. My family emigrated to Israel when I was 5 years old. We lived there through the 1973 war after which we moved back to the United States – first to New York and then to Atlanta. After losing several friends in high school to DUI related crashes, I became a police officer. I investigated many crashes and testified in court a fair amount. I saw first-hand the difference that a good lawyer can make. I attended the University of Georgia School of Law, followed by a federal court clerkship and then entered private practice. I was appointed to serve part-time as a magistrate judge, while working full-time as a trial lawyer.

Unlike lawyers who do lots of things at the same time, I have always specialized. I spent the first few years of my practice handling mostly birth trauma cases. I then happened into a case where a woman burned alive following a survivable rear impact crash. This led to me specializing this unique aspect of automotive product liability for about 10 years. I told Ford that I would stop suing them if the fixed the problem with the Mustang and while it took a while they finally did. After some soul searching, I decided to focus on truck crash cases. At the time, lawyers focusing on truck crash cases was not a thing. I have done my part over the last 18 years to make it a thing. I have spent countless hours developing best practices for handling these cases.

Knowing that I could only handle a small number of cases and wanting to have a big impact on highway safety, I set out to train lawyers all over the country on how to best handle truck crash cases. I have served in leadership of just about every organization in the Country for lawyers who handle truck crash cases. I am Co-founder of the Academy of Truck Accident Lawyers and the National Board of Truck Crash Lawyers (an NBTA sub-board responsible for Truck Crash Law obtaining ABA recognition as a legal specialty). Most recently I authored “A Law Enforcement Guide to Truck Driving Safety Standards” and I have worked hard to be the best human being I can be, the best husband and father I can be, and the best lawyer I can be. It is a work in progress. At this point in my life, I am trying to pay things forward. Closing in on 1000 days without missing on the Peleton!

Winning YOUR Trucking Case

Winning YOUR Trucking Case

In this small group workshop limited to no more than 8 active participants (others are invited to watch but not participate), our focus will be finding the most compelling liability narrative for your trucking case. This workshop will require participants to actively participate not only with their own case, but with he cases of other participants. Participants will meet by zoom twice before the workshop. The first Zoom will provide you instructions on what to pull together to get the most out of the workshop and to give you very specific instructions to prepare you for the second Zoom the workshop itself. After the first Zoom, participants will do some advanced work on their own cases that will focus their attention on the theories of the case, the defenses in the case, what they are most afraid of with the case, and their intended narrative for the case. This information will be circulated to all participants. During the second zoom, participants will each present a 5 minute presentation on their case (don’t worry you will be given very precise instructions on how to prepare). This will be followed by no more than 5 minutes of questions by me and other participants. By doing this in advance, we will be ready to really dive deep when we get together.

Each participant will get 20 minutes of time on their own case but I can promise you that you will learn a lot from being a part of the discussion on the cases of other participants as well. By the time we are done, you will dramatically more prepared to present the most compelling narrative for your case (including minimizing defense issues).

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Voir Dire: Connecting, Preloading and Reframing

All of voir dire is a script. The script sets the frame for the dialogue. In this hour Dan will demonstrate and explain various scripts and how to practice them. Training to be confident and calm is 90% of the game. Start mastering voir dire now, not when you are 30 days away from trial, it’s too late by then.

Joe Fried’s Top Tips for Winning Trucking Case

Joe Fried’s Top Tips for Winning Trucking Case

In this lecture we will cover Joe’s top tips for winning trucking cases. We will cover key steps in intake and investigation, what you need to know about technology in trucking cases, where to find and prove up the key industry standards for trucking cases, strategies to prepare for and take key depositions in trucking cases, and hoe to insulate your case from key defenses, and how to chose what to make the primary focus of your trucking case.

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High Performance Presentations

It takes more than having a great case to get a great verdict. It takes more than having great evidence. It takes the jury not only hearing your client’s story, but experiencing it.

Joe and Dan will identify, isolate and train the fundamental skills that lead to jury connection;

Eye contact, glance control, emotional state control, hand/body movement, voice cadence, creating space, etc.

These skills will be demonstrated and explained in the context of voir dire, opening statement, and cross examination.

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Turning Points of Trial

Hosted by Joe Fried

Arkady Frekhtman - $3.5 Million Slip & Fall case

A slip & fall on a subway staircase in the Bronx. A man slipped due to snow & ice left on a metal staircase at an above ground subway station. He sustained an aggravation exacerbation of a prior cervical fusion 6 years earlier. He needed further fusion surgery to his neck. He also suffered partial paralysis to his pinky finger on his left hand and required a left shoulder surgery. The case settled after the first witness testified during trial for $3,500,000.

Teaching points:

  1. Conducting a brutally honest voir dire which gets the jurors to want to be on the jury and do justice for your client
  2. Voir Dire on money especially non-economic damages
  3. Using demonstratives in Opening Statement
  4. Using community witnesses to bolster your case
  5. Telling the client's story
  6. Using medical evidence to your favor

Speed Trial Update

Speed Trial Update

In this lecture we will cover updated techniques and strategies on how to streamline even complex cases for trial. We will unpack ideas on how to strategically narrow the scope of the trial to intentionally selected issue(s) that have a predictable outcomes. We will then learn how to approach witnesses and evidence in a systematic but discipled way that is most easily absorbed and accepted by jurors. We will cover theory and practice points that can be employed immediately.

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