Judge Profile

Ronald M. Friedman

Judicial Experience:

  • Administrative Judge, Appellate Division of the Circuit Court, 2000 to 2001
  • Judge, Circuit Court, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, 1968 to 1976
  • Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit-Miami-Dade Circuit Court, 1984

Other Professional Experience:

  • Clerk, Assistant Attorney General, State of Florida, 1983 to 2002
  • Chairman, Ad Hoc Trial Practices & Procedures Committee, 1994 to 2000
  • Instructor, Northrop University Law School, 1975 to 1976
  • arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Author and Lecturer, Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Director, The Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court, 2002
  • attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, Miami, Florida

Biographical Data:

  • BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH JUDGE RONALD M. FRIEDMAN, Native Miamian Wife: Janyce (Lead Museum Educator, Art Education Office, Dade County Public schools) and Step-children: Lisa, Dade County Art Teacher (married to Santiago Gatto); David, Electrical Engineer, Parents: Judge and Mrs. Milton A. Friedman, Community Involvement: Recipient of The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association Steve Levine Award Judicial Director, University of Miami Law Alumni Association 1993 Thomas Davison III Service Award University of Miami Law Alumni Assoc. 1992 Recipient of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization International Gold Key Award Honorary Member Board of Directors - Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida Past President of B'nai B'rith Bench and Bar Unit Former National B'nai B'rith Youth Commissioner Former President, Board Member-Adult Board Greater Miami B'nai B'rith Youth Org. Former Member Board of Directors - Greater Miami Jewish Federation Member of Leadership Council of Greater Miami Jewish Federation Former Vice-President State of Florida B'nai B'rith Youth Organization Adult Board Past President of Koach Lodge B'nai B'rith Past President of South Dade Council of B'nai B'rith Lodges Past Member Board of Directors - Jewish Family & Children's Service Past Committee Member - Youth Services - Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Education:

  • B.S.B.A. (Business Administration), University of North Carolina
  • J.D., University of Miami Law school
  • LL.M. (Taxation), New York University Law School

Admission to the Bar:

  • Florida State Bar
  • California State Bar

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, Florida Bar Associations
  • Member, California Bar Associations
  • Past Chairman, The Los Angeles Bar Association - Tax Committee
  • Past Chairman, The Beverly Hills Bar Association - Tax Committee

Part Rule:


  • CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES

    Would you take an active role in coordinating discovery and other matters at a case management conference noticed pursuant to Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.200(a)? Yes, When attorneys can't cooperate

  • DEPOSITIONS/PROTECTIVE ORDERS

    a. When a dispute arises during a deposition, is it appropriate to call Chambers to seek an immediate ruling? Yes; But only if parties out of town or some unusual circumstances. b. Do you consider the filing of a motion for a protective order with regard to a deposition as an automatic stay of the subject deposition, thus relieving the attorney or the witness from the obligation to attend? If No, what additional steps do you require for the deposition to be stayed? No Set for hearing before the depo. c. Does your opinion on this depend upon whether the deposition was "short-noticed", i.e., noticed within an unreasonably short period of time before the deposition? No d. Do you allow emergency hearings for motions for protective orders where the time between the motion and the deposition is not sufficient for a non emergency hearing? Yes

  • Disposition of Motions Without Hearing

    Are there any motions on which you would rule without the necessity of a hearing? Yes, Extremely rare emergenices

  • Motion Practice: All Hearings

    a. Do you prefer to receive memoranda in support of motions? Yes If before, how long before? 10 days before If you receive a memorandum, do you expect to receive an opposing memorandum? b. Do you prefer copies of significant cases? Yes If so, do you prefer they be highlighted? Yes c. How soon after the hearing should the order be submitted?within 5 days d. Do you expect the attorney submitting the proposed order to advise you in the cover letter if the opposing attorney agrees that the proposal reflects the ruling? Yes If there is disagreement, do you expect a counter-proposed order from the other attorney? Yes

  • Motion Practice: Motion Calendars

    a. Days and times: Tues/Thurs 9:00am b. Length of Motion Calendar Hearings: 1-1 1/2 hours Limit 42 cases c. Under what circumstances, can cases be added to a filled motion calendar? Emergencies d. What special procedures should be followed, if any?Written Motion e. Do you allow hearings by conference call? Yes 1. Under what circumstances? Emergencies; when counsel outside of Dade/Broward line. 2. What procedure should be followed for telephone hearings?Written request 3. If you advise the parties that you will have a hearing by phone, or announce a ruling by phone, do you allow any attorney to appear in person in your chambers for the hearing? Yes 4. If any or all parties appear by phone, do you allow a court reporter to be present in your chambers or courtroom?Yes 5. If any or all parties appear by phone, do you allow a court reporter to be present in one of the party's offices?Yes f. What is the name and telephone number of the motion calendar clerk for your division? Name None - since Telephone No. October 2004 g. If a motion calendar hearing is cancelled, reset or resolved by counsel, should counsel advise your office? Yes h. Should courtesy copies of pleadings and motions be forwarded to Chambers? Yes i. What motions do you consider inappropriate for Motion Calendar? Contested Final Judgment

  • MOTION PRACTICE: SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS

    a. Which motions are routinely heard only at specially set hearings? Summary Judgment Other than Mortgage Foreclosures b. What is the procedure for allowing matters to be specially set? 10 days notice (20 days for summary judgment) c. Do you have a back up calendar for special appointment hearings to be set on short notice, i.e., if you have a cancellation? No d. If counsel seek to re-set a specially set hearing, is court notice and approval necessary? No

  • POST TRIAL OR POST SETTLEMENT:

    a. Do you review post trial motions to decide whether a hearing will be allowed? Yes b. If a case is settled, what procedure should be followed to advise your office? Telephone as soon as possible c. When do you schedule motions to approve a minor settlement? On Motion calendar or Special Set calendar

  • TRIAL RELATED MATTERS

    a. What is your daily/weekly trial schedule? 4 week jury calendars last week includes some non jury b. Do you entertain motions in limine prior to trial? Yes c. How long prior to trial must motions in limine be filed?Must be submitted at least 2 days prior to trial & faxed to opposing counsel d. When do you want counsel to submit jury instructions and verdict forms? Prior to Voir Dire e. Is it helpful to have jury instructions submitted in electronic form? If yes, what form and/or software program do you prefer? No f. Do you allow individual exhibit books for jurors? Only if complex case g. What facilities do you have available in your courtroom or in the courthouse for use by attorneys at trial? Check all that apply: a only a. X-ray viewer b Elmo c. Television d. VCR e. DVD player f. Other h. What reasons in your view would justify granting a continuance? Illness, emergencies, inability though no fault of movant to obtain discovery i. What is your policy on granting a continuance? I don't like them And, what is your policy for either rolling the case over or removing it from the trial docket? case by case Does the case need to be re-noticed or does it depend on the reason for the continuance? Re-notice j. When a case on the trial calendar is not reached because of the court's schedule, what is your practice and procedure for rolling the case over? Roll to the very next calender - as a priorty k. Do you generally try the oldest case first? Not necessarily l. Do you specially set cases for trial? If Yes, based on what criteria? Rarely m. Jury Selection. 1. Describe the extent of the involvement by the Court as well as any special procedures you use. Minimal 2. Are time limitations imposed on the parties? If Yes, how long? Generally not unless abused. 3. Describe any special procedures that you observe for the exercise of challenges? Generally during jury selection; not voir dire 4. Are there any practices you have observed recurrently by attorney during voir dire of which you disapprove? If Yes, which ones? n. Opening statement/closing argument 1. What rules do you apply when attorneys seek to use demonstrative aids during opening or closing argument? OK 2. While recognizing that each case is unique, do you impose time constraints for: a. Opening? No within reason b. Closing? No within reason o. In non-jury cases, do you routinely impose time limits on opening or closing arguments? If Yes, what are the limits? No p. Do you have any preferences or protocols regarding bench trials that you would like attorneys to know about? If Yes, what are they? No q. Are there any standing orders, notices, or forms regarding scheduling, discovery,trial, or other matters that you regularly use or about which you would like to advise the members of the bar? If Yes, could you please provide a copy with your response to this questionnaire? Provide special set

Staff:

  • Jorge Concepcion, Bailiff
  • Vera Weisbrod, Judicial Assistant