David Fried

Ranked by the Hudson Valley Business Journal as one of New York’s top ten newsmakers, calling him “a lawmaker to watch, particularly in his creativity,” David Fried has a diverse record of experience at the federal, state, and local levels.

A graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, David Fried is a former Rockland County Legislator, Criminal Court Judge, and the 2013 Democratic Party's nominee for County Executive of Rockland County, a candidacy that was endorsed by President Bill Clinton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo among many other respected local, state, and national leaders.

At the age of 30, Judge David Fried was elected to preside over the Spring Valley Justice Court.  Justice Fried also presided over the Rockland County Misdemeanor Drug Court and the specialized Domestic Violence Court, for which he secured over $1 million in federal grants.

One of the youngest New Yorkers ever to hold public office, David Fried was elected as a Legislator representing Rockland County at the age of 23.  He earned the rank of Deputy Majority Leader of the Legislature and chaired the Legislature’s Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.  His legislative record includes progressive legislation that enhanced opportunities for local small business owners, made prescription medications affordable for the uninsured, fought discrimination in the workplace and in communities, and combated identity theft.

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Judge Fried served on the staff of United States Congresswoman Nita Lowey, ranking member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and as a Presidential Aide to William Jefferson Clinton.  In the Clinton Administration, David traveled domestically and internationally with the President and Hillary Clinton as a representative of the White House and United States government.

Today, he maintains a general practice in Chestnut Ridge, New York that is affiliated with the prominent New York City law firm, Koehler & Isaacs, LLP.  David is a general practitioner whose services include but are not limited to governmental advocacy and administrative representation, criminal defense, real estate, contracts and business law, immigration, wills and estates, and civil litigation among other practice areas.

Judge Fried attended Manhattanville College where he was graduated with the rank of Magna Cum Laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology.  He continued his education at the world-renowned Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York City, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in Constitutional Law and being admitted to the New York State Bar as an attorney and counselor of law in 2005.  He has also received numerous public safety certifications in homeland security for training completed in Israel as well as Terrorist Threat Management Certification from Northwestern University and Criminal Narcotic Interdiction Certification from the International Narcotic Interdiction Association. He has studied the dynamics of law enforcement from an international perspective with a 2008 visit to London as a guest of New Scotland Yard learning about public safety challenges and homeland security operations in the United Kingdom.

He has utilized his law degree to teach law at local colleges to undergraduates and in the police academy, as Deputy Village Attorney for the Village of Hillburn, and as Legal Counsel to Brewer Fire Engine Company No. 1, a pro bono service that he provides to his community’s volunteer firefighters. 

He is on the advisory councils of the Police Hispanic Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Holocaust Museum and Study Center, a role he holds close to his heart as the grandson of Auschwitz survivors.  He has earned numerous citations for his public service from community-based organizations, labor unions, law enforcement agencies, and all levels of government.

Although born in Anaheim, California, David lives in Rockland County, New York.  He is a graduate of Spring Valley High School and his family operates their family-owned automotive repair shop in the same community. 

Koehler & Isaacs LLP is a full service law firm located in New York, New York and Newark, New Jersey. We offer our clients a range of legal services throughout New York including Westchester, Ulster, Rockland, Dutchess, and Nassau Counties.

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