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Harvey Friedman

About Harvey:

Harvey has worked in the field of OPM Disability Retirement Law for 30 years of the more than 50 years he has been a lawyer. He was a pioneer in the field and has won the enormous bulk of his cases on either initial application, reconsideration, or appeal. He has also successfully handled hundreds of federal employment cases such as accommodation, removal, etc.

Nowadays, he spends most of his time working on this blog, providing advice to disabled federal employees, and writing his memoir. 

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Harvey had a long career in civil rights (and lots of other things) before working in Disability Retirement. If you want to hear about Harvey's first disability retirement case, you can listen to the podcast 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

Harvey Foments Inspector General's Investigation into OPM Injustices

  • Harvey detailed countless OPM failures, injustices, and unfair practices in a 54 page report to the Inspector General. Harvey's report instigated an investigation by the Inspector General. The IG concluded that many if not all of Harvey's claims were correct. The investigation led to a reform of OPM practices. You can read more about the investigation here.


Private Practice Before Disability Retirement

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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