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Ethan Friedman

Ethan Friedman

Location: Walnut Creek, California

Phone: (925) 935-3300, (925) 935-3300

Fax: 925-935-0371

Email: efriedman@bowlesverna.com

Ethan Friedman is a 1994 graduate of the University of Judaism and a 2000 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.  Mr. Friedman recently joined Bowles & Verna as a Partner after spending the first 12 years of his career practicing real estate litigation at Miller Starr Regalia.  Mr. Friedman has extensive experience in many areas of real property and business litigation, including title insurance law, boundary disputes, nuisance and trespass claims, water rights issues, environmental disputes, mortgage lender and broker representation, purchase and sale agreements, landlord/tenant disputes and construction law.   He also has experience handling employment and partnership disputes.  His litigation experience enables Mr. Friedman to handle all aspects of a civil matter, from case evaluation and discovery, through alternative dispute resolution and trial when necessary.

He has developed particular expertise in eminent domain, where he represents public agencies, private property owners, lenders and trustees in all aspects of condemnation law.  Mr. Friedman is a recognized expert in matters related to eminent domain and inverse condemnation, having regularly lectured on those topics to right of way professionals and counsel.   During his tenure at Miller Starr Regalia, Mr. Friedman coauthored “Chapter 30A: Eminent Domain” of the multi-volume real estate treatise entitled Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d Edition.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Property Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. cum laude - 2000
  • American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism), Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. cum laude - 1994
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Chapter 30A: Eminent Domain: Miller & Starr California Real Estate, West, 3rd Edition, 2011
  • The Government Is Always Right: The Supreme Court Tackles Takings, California Real Property Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2006


  • Eminent Doman, CLE International
  • Legal Issues Symposium, California Redevelopment Association

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
  • International Right of Way Association, Member, 2007 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Miller Starr Regalia, Partner, 2009 - 2012
  • Miller Starr Regalia, Senior Counsel/Associate, 2000 - 2009

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Walnut Creek Office

2121 N California Blvd
Ste 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Open Today 8:30am - 6:00pm

More Info Directions (925) 935-3300