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Harvey Friedman

I worked in the field of OPM Disability Retirement Law for 35 years of the more than 50 years I've been a lawyer. I was a pioneer in the field and won the enormous bulk of my cases on either initial application, reconsideration, or appeal. I successfully handled hundreds of federal employment cases such as accommodation, removal, etc.

Nowadays, I spend my time working on this blog, providing advice to disabled federal employees, and writing my memoir.

If you want to hear about how I learned what Disability Retirement is from my first Disability Retirement client, listen below:


  • 1965-JD University of Miami School of Law
  • 1972-JSD Candidate, Columbia University School of Law

Bar Membership

  • Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar

Professional Employment

  • Attorney, Civil Rights Division, US Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Attorney, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
  • Attorney, National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
  • Attorney, National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence
  • Special Counsel, US Senate, Committee on the District of Columbia
  • Attorney, US Department of Justice
  • Director, American Bar Association, Special Committee on Crime Prevention and Control
  • Director, Courts Task Force, National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards
  • Assistant Professor of Law, (Detroit & Baltimore)

Private Law Practice

  • 1978 to Present, Washington, DC

Private Practice Before Disability Retirement

Before working on Disability Retirement, I had a long career in civil rights, security clearances, and other areas. Below are podcasts, stories, and a video about some of those chapters of my life:

Running from the KKK

I was side-stepping the KKK working as a Federalized civil rights worker In 1966. The civil rights movement in the south was boiling over. Fire hoses, vicious dogs, and barred entry to almost everything if you were black...


Mississippi Sheriff Throws Me In Jail

In 1966, it was not considered unreasonable or unusual for a white sheriff in a rural county in Mississippi, to detest the Federal government, let alone some white liberal lawyer working for the Federal government...


Boy Lawyer Wins the Day due to Judge's Toilet Urge

It was 1966 and this was my first civil rights hearing, actually my first hearing, civil rights or not. I was 26 and about one year out of law school. I had lucked out...


Running from the KKK: A story about encounter with the KKK at a church in Mississippi. Listen below.

Moscow Party is a podcast about one of the many security clearance cases Harvey handled. It features KGB Agents, monopoly, lesbian affairs, and much much more! An exciting story completely unrelated to disability retirement, but we hope you enjoy nonetheless. Listen below.

CBS AIDS in the Military Video

Before turning to Disability Retirement Law, Harvey was an attorney for members of the US Military, including some who were diagnosed with AIDS and then faced a legal battle with the US Government. In 1982, Dan Rather's CBS Nightly News reported on a number of cases Harvey won for service members with AIDS.

Harvey briefly discusses the issue at the end of the clip.

About Jeremy:

Jeremy is the webmaster. He runs the blog, keeps track of who is contacting us, and helps Harvey write his memoir. If you are interested in his work, check out his website at www.jmneff.com.

And here is a little interview that I, Harvey, did with Jeremy back in his school days when he first came to work for me.

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