Bruce Friedman of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal has been practicing family law for more than 30 years, working primarily with high net-worth individuals negotiating prenuptial agreements, and in complex divorce cases, often involving those with business valuation issues.
Speaking of his recent focus shift to alternative dispute resolution and mediation, Friedman says, “I recently became a certified family law mediator through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and completed training through the Harvard Law School Negotiation Project.”
The mediation training has Friedman looking at new approaches to family law. “After 38 years, [I thought] there had to be a better way,” he confides. “I hope to embark on helping find a solution for couples looking to resolve issues before they get to court.” Friedman adds that in cases where there is a basic element of trust and a relatively level playing field, clients retain confidentiality and control over the resolution of their issues and, ultimately, save money.
Family law appeals to Friedman for the creativity in solutions and the variety of issues that each case will present. “I’ve always been a problem solver,” he says. “Every case brings with it something unique. Justice shouldn’t be cookie-cutter. Courts have rules and laws that restrict creative solutions, whereas lawyers can be creative when reaching an agreement. You can think outside the box. It’s not a job where every case is the same.”
Friedman’s skill as a family law attorney also aids in managing client expectations and helping them realize what their best solution is, even if that’s not their first choice. “I really work to help clients see a realistic approach to conflict resolution. Sometimes that means telling them something they want isn’t going to help them in court, or may actually be harmful to them, or won’t be in the best interest of their family,” Friedman says. “I help them understand the alternatives to scorched earth litigation, and the cost-effective solutions that are available.”
Recognized first in 2014, Friedman has once again been named Lawyer of the Year in Family Law in the upcoming 2020 Best Lawyers publication. He has also written and spoken extensively on the practice of family law, having for many years authored the Missouri Bar desk book chapter on prenuptial agreements, and spoken at numerous conferences throughout Missouri.
Looking to the future, Friedman says he plans to serve as a mediator for couples with complex financial issues, including business valuations, while continuing to negotiate prenuptial agreements, and help clients find their best solutions. “I like helping people from the beginning to the end and getting people through to the new chapter in their life. It’s a journey.”
Bruce Friedman, 165 North Meramec Avenue, Suite 110, 314-244-3612, pcblawfirm.com
“I hope to embark on helping find a solution for couples looking to resolve issues before they get to court.”
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