Jonathan Friedland, Founder of Haifa Office
Jonathan Friedland, founder of the Haifa office, brings experience and expertise in transnational commercial agreements, trust and estate settlement, maritime and aviation cargo litigation, and philanthropic transactions. He appears in numerous court actions and arbitrations involving disputes in the realm of engineering and construction for the public sector.
Adv. Friedland is a member of the Israel Maritime Law Association, and is the only member of the U.S. Maritime Law Association in Israel. Adv. Friedland is legal advisor to the Haifa Foundation, and has provided counsel to other municipalities seeking to create similar organizations.
Adv. Friedland also serves as the Consular Agent of the United States for Haifa and the North, pursuant to his appointment by the U.S. Secretary of State in September, 1986. In that capacity, he provides consular, educational, commercial, and informational services to residents of the north of Israel on behalf of the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Adv. Friedland regularly provides expert legal opinions to the courts of Israel on questions of law pertaining to the United States, while providing similar documents to the courts of the United States on Israeli law and procedure, as well as to the Embassy of the United States of America in Tel Aviv concerning Israeli law on such matters as extradition, criminal procedure, and trusts and estates. Adv. Friedland appears on local television and radio as a commentator on American political, legal, and social events and trends, and the interaction of state and religion.
Adv. Friedland serves on the Haifa Religious Council, as the official representative of the Conservative Movement in Israel, an appointment resulting from a precedential ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court.
Adv. Friedland currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Neve Yosef Community Center in Haifa, an appointment made by and at the request of the mayor of Haifa. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Foundation in Israel; in the years 2000-2004, he served as Chairman of that Board, an appointment made by the US Ambassador to Israel.
Adv. Friedland is also the legal advisor, and a founding member of the board of directors of the Erez Center for Educational and Social Advancement in the Western Galilee, and of the Friends of the Ofer School for Autistic Children, in Haifa. In addition he is legal advisor and a member of the board of the Rubin Conservatory of Music in Haifa, a unique multiethnic enterprise advancing the learning and performing of classical music for youth in Haifa. Adv. Friedland regularly advises local and regional NGO’s involved in philanthropic activities and those involved in advancing issues of religious freedom and equality.
Adv. Friedland holds instructor certification from the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport in Netanya, Israel.
Education: Yale University, USA, LL.B. Cum Laude, 1970
New York University. LL.M., 1978
Admissions: Israel Bar Association, 1982
New York Bar Association, 1979
Languages: English, Hebrew
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