Richard H. Friedman

Harrisburg, PA
100 Pine Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101
T 717.237.5469
F 717.260.1694

Rick practices in the Environmental and Energy Law Group.

He practices environmental counseling and litigation with a focus on environmental compliance and permitting matters, complex transactions, the Clean Air Act, Superfund and cost recovery, Brownfields and land use, environmental due diligence and environmental management issues.

Rick gained experience as a senior enforcement attorney at the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977-1989. He was responsible for nationwide civil and criminal prosecutions. While at the EPA, Rick also developed and implemented programs to enforce compliance with environmental laws, including matters under the Clean Air Act.

In private practice Rick has expanded his air emissions practice, counseling and defending clients regarding state and federal air compliance and permitting matters.

Rick has been hired by insurance companies to represent groups of defendants in private-party environmental cleanup cost recovery actions. By acting as 'group' counsel, common issues can be more efficiently and effectively litigated.

Rick has also worked with insurance companies to structure insurance policies that provide security for cleanup to facilitate the sale of property known to contain significant environmental contamination and to obtain state environmental regulatory acceptance of the insurance policy as a cleanup guaranty sufficient to issue liability releases. These 'Brownfield' projects facilitate the reuse of blighted property while ensuring environmental protection.

Since joining private practice in 1989, Rick has represented privately owned businesses, individuals and public entities and advised them in matters affecting state and federal environmental laws. His background has provided him with a unique understanding of clients' business needs coupled with an intimate working knowledge of environmental law from both government and industry perspectives.

He is a frequent speaker on environmental law topics, including lecturing as a faculty member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's (PBI) Environmental Law Forum.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Unified Bar of District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business, Environmental Affairs Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section (EELS), Council Member 2006-present, Currently Vice Chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association EELS, Chair - Law Student Intern Program
  • Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Board member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Environmental Law Forum faculty member
  • Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Awards Committee
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, 2006-2015
  • Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2004, 2005, 2006
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  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1974
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • Pennsylvania, 1989