Jennifer Friend is Of Counsel in the firm's Orange & Inland Counties office, located in Santa Ana, California.  Her area of practice is in general litigation, specializing in cases with complex personal injuries, but which can include any matter litigated in the civil courts.  She has extensive experience in commercial auto, personal auto, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, construction accidents, construction defects, breach of contract, assault and battery, false arrest, employment and labor law, and malicious prosecution matters.  In addition, Ms. Friend has successfully represented developers, contractors, subcontractors, and individual property owners in actions before administrative agencies such as city councils, planning and zoning commissions, boards of public works, unified school districts, Contractors State License Board, and the superior and appellate courts throughout California.  She is also involved in defending contractors in bid protests, non-responsibility and debarment actions and representing developers, general and subcontractors in mechanic's liens, surety bond and other construction related matters.

Ms. Friend received her Juris Doctor in 1998 from Whittier College School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in the State of California, State of California Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, United States District Court, Central District of California, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Representative Matters
Litigation

  • Defended a personal auto case involving claimed back and neck injuries to a retired Pro Bowl football player from the former Los Angeles Rams. The plaintiff had back surgery. The case resulted from a rear-end auto accident, in which liability was admitted. The defense was based on the lack of credibility of the plaintiff, who claimed that he had never had back or neck problems before. The jury awarded the plaintiff economic damages for his past medical expenses and lost earnings in the amount of $159,362, but because of the lack of credibility, the jury did not award any noneconomic damages for pain and suffering.
  • Represented a transport company which was claimed to have intentionally mishandled human remains that had been donated to a state university. It was alleged that this was done for profit, by selling body parts illegally. After over a week of trial, the plaintiffs accepted a settlement from the defendant that was less than the offer made before the start of trial.
  • Very favorable settlement of personal injury claim against a popular racetrack was obtained after the jury submitted questions during deliberations suggesting that a defense verdict was likely.

Jennifer Friend is recognized as a leader in the area of due process and contractor debarment. She has served as the featured speaker at numerous seminars including "Public Projects: How to Bid Them, Keep Them, and Get Paid." She continues to present to the construction community on all aspects of public and private construction work.

Ms. Friend has also been selected to be a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a national invitation-only society made up of a maximum of 3500 attorneys (less than one-half of one percent of attorneys in the United States). LCA Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

Jennifer Friend is the Executive Director of Project Hope Alliance. Project Hope Alliance (formerly Project HOPE School Foundation) was formed in 2003 and educates and empowers homeless children in Orange County to end the cycle of poverty.

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Engineering Contractors Association, Board of Directors since 2003, Educational Chair.
  • ECA's Political Action Committee
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

Related Practices

Bar Admission

California, 1998

Education

  • Whittier College School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., 1995