From 1979 to 1981, Gary B. Freidman served as an appellate law assistant to the Justices of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department. There, he was responsible for the preparation of confidential bench memoranda analyzing pending appeals for the Justices. In 1981, he joined Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP (then known as Greenfield Eisenberg Stein & Senior) as an associate, becoming a member of the firm in 1986. His practice is in trust and estate related litigation.
Mr. Freidman has been involved in numerous contested Surrogate's Courts proceedings and has participated in various trials and hearings in the Surrogate's Courts. These matters involved diverse issues such as the validity of a charitable remainder unitrust, objections to wills and accountings, the jurisdiction of the Surrogate's Court and the validity of pre-death gifts. In addition, he has been appointed as a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of minor children in New York, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Bronx and Kings County Surrogate's Court contested probate, advice and direction, and accounting proceedings.
Mr. Freidman has lectured on Surrogate's Court matters before the New York State Bar Association (5th Annual Sophisticated Trusts and Estates Law Institute - November, 2007; The Anatomy of an Estate - October 2006; Program Co-Chair; Estate Litigation - December 2002; Sleepless in Boston: Administering the Problem Estate - October 2002, Program Co-Chair; Representing the Fiduciary: The Problems and the Remedies - September 2000; Settling Litigation in the Surrogate’s Court - January 1999, Program Co-Chair; Surrogate’s Court Proceedings - Spring 2000; Administration of Decedent's Estates and Related Surrogate's Court Proceedings - Spring 1995); the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Estate Planning That’s Not Code-Dependent - June 2007; Estate Litigation for Beginners - March, 1999), the Surrogate’s Association of the State of New York, the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Richmond and Suffolk County Bar Associations. In addition, he has lectured on Surrogate's Court and litigation matters at Cardozo Law School and the New School for Social Research.
Mr. Freidman has authored Relief Against a Fiduciary: SCPA 2102 Proceedings, NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter (Winter 2000, Vol. 33, No.4), Estate Planning in the Face of Divorce: An Ounce of Prevention ..., New York State Bar Journal (June 2005) and co-authored Estates with Multiple Fiduciaries Pose Ethical and Practical Issues for Attorneys and Clients Alike, New York State Bar Journal (November/December/2001); Early Detection of Possible Pitfalls in Fiduciary Obligations Can Prevent Later Problems, New York State Bar Journal (January 2002); Assuring the Case You Thought Was Settled, Stays Settled, New York Law Journal, February 21, 2007, p. 3, col. 1; and Trust Contests -- The Developing Law, New York Law Journal, April 18, 2007, p. 3, col. 1.
Professional Associations & Memberships
New York State Bar Association (Secretary, Trusts and Estates Law Section, Former Chair, Estate Litigation and Legislation Committees);
American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section);
Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts);
Westchester County Bar Association