Robert I. Friedman

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4180

(215) 701-2194

Recent News:

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Robert concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, including business succession planning and tax and charitable planning for high net worth individuals and families. 

Robert is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and he is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission on Decedents’ Estates Laws. He is a past chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and has served as chair of several of its committees. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Robert received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, after which he did graduate work at the University of Edinburgh. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as a teaching fellow.

News

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor and Two Attorneys Recognized in the Chambers 2022 High Net Worth Guide

July 25, 2022

The firm has been ranked Band 1 in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide along with two members of the firm’s Private Client, Trusts and Estates Practice Group.

Cozen O’Connor and Three Attorneys Recognized in the Chambers 2021 High Net Worth Guide

August 30, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked Band 1 in the Chambers 2021 High Net Worth Guide under the category “Private Wealth Law.”

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Publications

IRS Proposed Regulations Attack Valuation Discounts for Family Transfers [Private Client Services Alert]

August 05, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS have just issued anticipated proposed regulations that, if made final, would severely limit the ability of taxpayers to transfer interests in family limited partnerships and similar entities using valuation discounts.

Clock is Running on Gifting Opportunities [Private Client Services Alert]

May 01, 2012

Clock is Running on Gifting Opportunities - Private Client Services Alert - As you may know, the exemption for both gift tax and estate tax purposes for the balance of this calendar year is $5,120,000 per person.

End-of-Year Estate Planning [Private Client Services Alert!]

December 07, 2009

End-of-Year Estate Planning - Private Client Services Alert! - As we move quickly toward year end, consider the following for this year and for 2010"End-of-Year Estate Planning".

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979
  • Cornell University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1975

Awards & Honors

2017 Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2023

Super Lawyers, 2004-2022

America's Leading Lawyers in Private Wealth Law in Pennsylvania by Chambers and Partners - High Net Worth Guide, 2018-2022

  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Estate Planning Council