George H. Friedman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he has taught a course on alternative dispute resolution since 1996. Since early 2013, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Arbitration Resolution Services, Inc. of Coral Springs, Florida. Arbitration Resolution Services is an innovative online arbitration services company facilitating an affordable alternative to costly courtroom litigation and in-person arbitration for resolving Business-to-Business, Business-to-Individual and Vehicle and Property Damage disputes. ARS is unique in that its entire process can be completed online through the company website.
Mr. Friedman is former Executive Vice President, Dispute Resolution of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), a position he held through January 2013. He held the same title at NASD, which consolidated with NYSE Member Regulation to form FINRA in 2007. In this capacity, he was in overall charge of FINRA's dispute resolution program, carried out by the company's four regional offices and 72 hearing locations in the United States and abroad, 200 employees, and an annual budget of $50 million. He also served as Secretary of the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration.
In his extensive dispute resolution career, he previously held a variety of positions of responsibility at the American Arbitration Association, most recently as Senior Vice President from 1994 to 1998. He joined NASD in 1998 as Senior Vice President of NASD's Dispute Resolution Division, and was named Executive Vice President in 2002.
Mr. Friedman received a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College in 1976, and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School - Newark in 1981, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars and the United States Supreme Court, and is a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional. Mr. Friedman is a member of the Securities Experts Roundtable, and of several bar associations. He is past chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution of the New York County Lawyers Association.
Mr. Friedman has lectured extensively on the subject of alternative dispute resolution, and has the distinction of being one of the architects of the American Arbitration Association’s Due Process Protocols for both employment arbitration and health care dispute resolution. He has published often, with articles appearing in the Securities Arbitration Commentator, New York Law Journal, the Rutgers Law Review, the National Law Journal, and the Arbitration Resolution Services, Inc., blog, among others.