John F. Friedemann is the managing partner of Friedemann Goldberg LLP. He specializes in banking, business, sports and entertainment, and real estate law, both litigation and transactional, and has extensive expertise in matters involving fraud. He has been practicing law since 1984.

A graduate of UCLA and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with distinction, Mr. Friedemann frequently speaks and lectures on banking operations, lending law, loan documentation, contract disputes and Uniform Commercial Code issues.

Mr. Friedemann has taught courses on banking law, and delivered lectures at the University of Southern California Law Center, Loyola Law School, Sonoma State University, and Empire College School of the Law. He regularly speaks on various aspects of the law as a Continuing Legal Education instructor.

He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer more than 10 times by Super Lawyers Magazine, and was honored as an Outstanding Teacher by Sonoma State University for his classes on business law.

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Specific Experience

Mr. Friedemann has more than 30 years experience as an attorney for clients in banking, business, entertainment, and real estate matters.


We pride ourselves on having the flexibility to cater to our banking and financial clients’ needs. Our attorneys counsel on all aspects of loans, including production of custom loan documents, defaults, troubled assets, bankruptcy, workouts and participation financing. We routinely advise on matters of financing, transactions, foreclosures, contracts and lending, as well as other corporate matters for banks such as leases, employment and vendor relationships.

Business and Commercial Litigation

While litigation is an outcome we always strive to avoid, it is sometimes the only way to achieve our clients’ goals. Our attorneys handle matters involving business torts, breach of contract, fraud, unfair practices, real property litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Sports and Entertainment

Our attorneys recognize our clients’ desire for privacy and confidentiality. We make an extraordinary effort to ensure our clients are protected from undue and unwanted public exposure. We regularly handle matters of merchandising, publicity issues, LLC formations, endorsements and royalties. Our attorneys are supremely well-equipped to protect our clients’ likeness, endorsements, assets and rights.

Real Estate and Real Property

Friedemann Goldberg LLP’s Real Estate and Real Property practice combines our extensive transactional and litigation expertise. We are experienced in real estate and real property transactions and litigation, including lease agreement drafting and negotiation; purchase and sale agreements; construction agreements; disputes regarding leases; easements and boundaries; breach of guaranty actions; and receiver and foreclosure actions.

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John F. Friedemann


  • Juris Doctorate, with distinction
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California, Los Angeles


United States District Court
  • Northern District of California


State Bar of California
  • International Law Section
  • Law Practice Management & Technology Section
Sonoma County Bar Association
  • "Rights & Responsibilities for Commercial Tenants," Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, May 2017.
  • "Inside the Mind of the Corporate Client," with David Abramson. July 2016.
  • "The Good, The Bad, and The Unethical," with Mia Bowler. January 2016.