Born in Tacoma, Washington, April 4, 1914, Friedman studied at College of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington (LLB 1936). He was admitted to the California Bar in 1937, and was in private practice in San Francisco, until a stint in the U.S. Army intervened (1942-1946). He returned to the practice of law as Deputy and Assistant State Attorney General from 1946-1959. Friedman taught at McGeorge College of Law from 1959-1963, while serving as Muncipal Judge, North Sacramento Judicial District ( from 1959-1961), and Judge of the Superior Court of Sacramento County ( 1961-62). In 1962 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District where he served until his retirement March 1, 1978. Following his retirement from the bench, Justice Friedman taught at UCDavis School of Law; he also founded Project ACE (Aide Corps for the Elderly), an organization that recruits, trains and sends volunteers to community agencies which provide support for independent living for the elderly . Justice Friedman died February 25, 2004.