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Stephen J. Friedman, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Securities, Banking, Insurance Law. Member of Debevoise & Plimpton.


Friedman, Stephen J. was born on March 19, 1938. Son of A.E. Robert and Janice Clara (Miller) Friedman.


AB magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1959. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1962.


Worked at Debevoise & Plimpton (New York, NY) specializing in General Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1962, N.Y. 1982, District of Columbia.

Law Clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Junior, 1963-1964. Editor, An Affair With Freedom, Mr. Justice Brennan's Opinions and Speeches (Atheneum 1967).

Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission, 1980-1981. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Capital Markets Policy, 1979-1980. Special Assistant to the Maritime Administrator, United States.

Department of Commerce, 1964-1965. Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1988-1993. Executive Vice President and General Counsel, E.F. Hutton, 1986-1988.

Governor: National Association of Securities Dealers, 1991-1993. Chicago Board Options Exchange, 1982-1985. Trustee, Practising Law Institute.

Chairman, American Stock Exchange Special Committee on Shareholder Voting Rights. Member: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chairman, Committee on Securities Regulation). American Bar Association.

Debevoise & Plimpton a preeminent international law firm, was founded in 1931 and today has over 370 lawyers with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Paris, London and Budapest.


  • Bar: New York 1962, District of Columbia 1982.


  • Other Work

    • Author: An Affair With Freedom, the Opinions and Speeches of William J. Brennan, Junior, 1967. Contributor articles on legal and policy aspects of finance institute to professional journals.


Active Council on Foreign Relations. Chairman emeritus American Ballet Theatre, New York City. Trustee Practising Law Institute.

Member board governors National Association of Securities Dealers, 1991-1994, Chicago Board Options Exchange, 1982-1988. Trustee Support Foundation Asian University for Women. With United States Army Reserve, 1962-1968.

Member American Bar Association, Association of Bar of the City of New York (chairman committee on securities regulation), University Club, Lotos Club.


Married Fredrica L. Schwab, June 25, 1961. Children: Vanessa V., Alexander S.

A.E. Robert Friedman

Janice Clara (Miller) Friedman

Fredrica L. Schwab

Vanessa V. Friedman

Alexander S. Friedman