James D. Friedland

  • Associate
  • Ejames.friedland@lw.com
  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA
  • T +1.312.876.6531


James (Jamie) Friedland is an associate in Latham & Watkins' Litigation & Trial and Environment, Land & Resources Departments.

Mr. Friedland represents manufacturers and energy companies primarily on complex commercial and energy related disputes. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the country engaging in almost every stage of litigation, including drafting and answering complaints, conducting written discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing motions, and seeing cases through trial.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Friedland served as a law clerk to Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Friedland graduated from the UCLA School of Law and was an editor on the UCLA Law Review. During law school, Mr. Friedland also worked at the Environmental Defense Section of the US Department of Justice and the Natural Resources Section of California’s Office of the Attorney General.


Mr. Friedland’s experience includes representing:

  • Navistar in ongoing multi-district litigation relating to damages caused by alleged MaxxForce Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) engine defects
  • CONSOL in a successful trial verdict for a contract dispute regarding preferential purchase rights in a billion-dollar midstream oil and gas joint venture
  • A former business entity in successful dismissal from a long-running dispute regarding seniority and disbursement of royalties in an oil field
  • Reckitt Benckiser in a settled class action regarding alleged misrepresentations in marketing materials for a nutritional supplement
  • “Under the (Territorial) Sea: Reforming U.S. Mining Law for Earth’s Final Frontier,” 61 UCLA L. Rev. 1548 (2014)
  • “The 'Lone Grid' State: Texas as the Ideal Location for State-Level Climate Regulation,” 38 Colum. J. Envtl. L. Field Rep. 49 (2013)

Thought Leadership

  • Trump Administration Mandates Critical Minerals Development Strategy  -  January 29, 2018
  • California Continues to Drive Toward Lower NOx Standards for Heavy-Duty Diesels  -  December 20, 2017
  • Are New On-Highway, Heavy-Duty Diesel NOx Standards Down the Road? -  May 11, 2017
Bar Qualification
  • Illinois
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2014
  • BA in Public Policy, Duke University, 2009
  • Automotive
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Complex Commercial Litigation