Firm Founder Philip Freidin has been practicing law for 50 years and has devoted his life to representing clients who have been seriously injured by the wrongful acts of others. Phil has represented plaintiffs in some of the most significant personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Florida’s history and has earned his status as a pillar in the South Florida legal community. As one federal judge recently wrote, “he is unquestionably among the upper echelons of lawyers in our district.”
Phil has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1989 and recertified twice. Board certification recognizes lawyers’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law, along with professionalism and ethics in practice, and is only awarded to the most experienced and capable lawyers in their practice area. Over the course of his career, Phil has conducted more than 200 jury trials and around 100 non-jury trials, all involving personal injury and medical negligence issues.
Since 1984, Phil has also been an active leader in the Florida Justice Association, the largest organization for plaintiffs’ lawyers in Florida. After joining, he was elected Secretary, Treasurer, and then President of the statewide organization, which had 3,500 members at the time.
Phil’s stature in the legal community has been recognized by Florida Governors, U.S. Senators, and Florida Supreme Court Justices. He has been appointed to serve on multiple Judicial Nominating Commissions—both at the state and federal levels—over the years, and over 60 judges have been appointed as a result of his 17 years of membership and participation in JNCs.
Associations & Memberships
American Association for Justice, Member
American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
Dade County Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
Florida Justice Association, Member
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Task Force on Complex Litigation, Member
Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
Miami-Dade Justice Association, Former Board of Directors
Florida Bar Judicial, Former Chairman, Nominating Procedures Committee
Florida Justice Association, Former President
Florida Justice Association, Vice President
Florida Justice Association, Treasurer
Florida Justice Association, Secretary
Supreme Court of Florida Task Force on Management of Complex Cases, Appointed Member, 2007
Dade County’s MADD Chapter, Member
Governor Chiles’ Task Force on Preventing Elderly Abuse, Member
Chief Justice Barkett’s 21st Century Planning Committee, Former Member
State of Florida Legislature Elderly Long Term Care, Former Task Force Member
Dade County Judicial Nominating Commission, Chairman
Super Lawyers (Top 100: Miami – 2011), 2006 – 2019
Best Lawyers – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2007 – 2019
Leaders In The Law, South Florida’s Leading Lawyers, 2018
Finalist, Dade County Bar Association’s Legal Luminaries 2017 – Personal Injury
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite — Top 2 of Attorneys in Florida – 2016 – 2017
Best Lawyer in America — Medical Malpractice – 2016
Judicial Edition AV Preeminent – 2016
South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer: Personal Injury & Wrongful Death — Plaintiff, 2001 – 2015
Daily Business Review’s 2008 Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida- Personal Injury
Florida Super Lawyers — Top 5 of Lawyers in Florida
Martindale Hubbell’s — AV Rating
Miami Metro’s Top Lawyers
A Legal Team Committed to Results
The legal team of Guttman, Freidin & Celler is complimented by small force of lawyers, paralegals and support staff. Building and litigating complex cases and winning remarkable resolutions incredible amounts of preparation most clients don’t see. We are immensely proud of our amazing team of lawyers and staff whose support, integrity, commitment and compassion is a critical component of our formula for success.
The GF&C team represents clients with the attention of a small firm, while being able to deliver big firm results. We are proud to have a deeply-experienced staff who understand our interests are aligned with the clients. We work for you, the whistleblower and are focused on continuing the hard-won tradition of success and record-setting results. Our clients are family, and you can expect to be treated similarly.
The GF&C legal team prides itself on tackling complex cases and seeing them through to the end. Our commitment to these difficult cases has led to many notable verdicts and settlements — many of them record-setting — in a variety of practice areas. Our firm has the experience, skill and resources necessary to see your case to resolution — regardless of the opposing parties involved.
“One of the world’s most prominent whistleblower attorneys,” according to the International Business Times. Referred to as “The Lawyer Pharma Loves to Hate,” by the Boston Globe.
Come forward to report fraud, corruption and abuses perpetrated on government programs with GF&C. We represent courageous whistleblowers, people who come forth to expose fraudulent schemes being used to cheat taxpayers. If you have a case, we know what it takes to win, and will guide you every step of the way.