Diversity & Inclusion
Eric J. Friedman has served as Skadden’s Executive Partner since 2009, furthering the firm’s mission to provide the highest quality legal service to clients, attract and develop top legal talent, and maintain our deeply rooted commitments to pro bono and diversity and inclusion.
Under his leadership, Skadden was named the most innovative law firm in North America in 2015 by the Financial Times. This was the third time the firm has topped the Financial Times’ U.S./North America “Innovative Lawyers” report, and we have been among the top two firms in all six years the report has been published. We also have been recognized for innovation by the Financial Times for our work in Europe and Asia.
In 2015, Skadden became the first law firm to handle more than $1 trillion in global announced M&A deals in a single year, ranking first by value globally and in the U.S. according to Bloomberg, mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. Additionally, in 2015 Corporate Board Member magazine named us “America’s Best Corporate Law Firm” for the 15th consecutive year, and we were the top firm for “client service excellence” according to the BTI Consulting Group’s “BTI Client Service A-Team Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.” The National Law Journal acknowledged Mr. Friedman’s accomplishments since becoming Skadden’s Executive Partner by naming him as one of its three “Most Influential” law firm leaders in 2011.
Mr. Friedman also has built upon the firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2011, the firm received the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s first-ever Law Firm of the Year Award, for our commitment to public service and diversity; and in 2012, Mr. Friedman received a “Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award” from the New York City Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to diversity at Skadden.
Mr. Friedman is a dedicated board member of a number of organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Phoenix House Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He also chairs the board of trustees of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation. In addition to supporting the firm’s extensive pro bono efforts, Mr. Friedman is one of three law firm leaders serving on the executive committee for the Court Square Law Project, a unique partnership between law firms, the New York City Bar Association and the City University of New York Law School to deliver legal services to people of moderate means who do not qualify for pro bono representation.
Prior to becoming Executive Partner, he was involved in a number of significant M&A and corporate finance transactions, advising clients such as Citigroup Inc., Nasdaq, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, the New York Mercantile Exchange and Mars, Incorporated, among others. Mr. Friedman has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and the Directorship 100.
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1989
B.B.A., University of Michigan, 1986 (High Distinction)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, American Law Institute