Eric J. Friedman

Eric J. Friedman

Executive Partner

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 talent, and maintain our deeply rooted commitments to pro bono and diversity, equity and inclusion.


Under Eric’s leadership, the Financial Times named Skadden the most innovative law firm in North America in three of its annual U.S./North America Innovative Lawyers reports. The firm also has been recognized for innovation by the publication 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. Additionally, Skadden repeatedly has been named among the top firms for delivering the best client service in BTI Consulting Group’s annual Client Service A-Team report. The National Law Journal acknowledged Eric’s accomplishments since becoming Executive Partner by naming him as one of its three Most Influential law firm leaders in 2011.

Eric also has built upon the firm’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2011, Skadden received the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s first-ever Law Firm of the Year Award; and in 2012, Eric received a Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to diversity at Skadden. In 2020, Eric helped spearhead the launch of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a partnership of nearly 300 law firms worldwide working collaboratively with legal services organizations to address systemic racism in the law.

Additionally, Eric is a dedicated board member of a number of organizations, including the Mount Sinai Health System, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, 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 and served on the executive committee of the Court Square Law Project, a five-year pilot program to provide affordable legal services to people of moderate means. The American Bar Association recognized the project’s innovative model with its 2019 Louis M. Brown Award.

Prior to becoming Executive Partner, he was involved in a number of significant M&A and corporate transactions, advising clients such as Citigroup, Inc., Nasdaq, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and Mars, Incorporated, among others. Eric has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and the NACD Directorship 100.

Among other recognition, Eric was recognized with the 2020 Servant of Justice Award by The Legal Aid Society of New York, which honors lasting impact on New York City’s legal community, and was the recipient of the AJC’s 2016 Learned Hand Award, which celebrates highly distinguished attorneys whose work reflects the integrity and humanitarian ideals exemplified by Judge Hand.



  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1989
  • B.B.A., University of Michigan, 1986 (High Distinction)


  • New York


  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Law Institute

Eric J. Friedman