Joe Fried is one of the original truck crash lawyers in the country and he is at the top of the field. His passion for what he does is palpable, and his reputation and record-setting results speak for themselves. Joe has litigated cases in more than 35 states, which gives him an unmatched perspective, and his leadership in the field of truck crash law and trucking safety is second to none. Joe is known as one of the principal founders of truck crash law as a unique field. He has given over 600 presentations to lawyer, judge, police, and trucking industry audiences in the last 12 years.
Joe graduated with highest honors from Oglethorpe University, then with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law. He served as an attorney law clerk to the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia. In 1994, Joe entered private practice in Atlanta and was also appointed as a part-time Magistrate Judge in Fulton County, Georgia (where he used to be a police officer). He was hand selected by then-chief judge Charlie Carnes and was the youngest judge to ever have been appointed in Fulton County, Georgia. Joe served as a part-time judge for 20 years while simultaneously building and running a serious injury law firm with a national reach.
By focusing on the unique aspects of truck crash cases, from the trucing safety regulations to driver training to corporate compliance to the dynamics of crashes, Joe started to develop new approaches to handling truck crash cases that had never been seen before.
To help lawyers represent their client’s better against billion-dollar trucking giants, Joe co-authored with his partner, Michael Goldberg, Understanding Motor Carrier Claims. Now in its sixth edition, the book’s tactics have been used by thousands of lawyers throughout the U.S. Joe has authored many articles, several DVDs and book chapters and dozens of professional presentations specific to truck crash cases and trucking industry safety.
Joe brings to his cases uncommon multidisciplinary training and experience. This includes training in physics, engineering, forensics, biomechanics, human factors and accident reconstruction. His background gives him a strong edge investigating cases, communicating with law enforcement, working with expert witnesses and taking on technical witnesses at trial. Joe also has advanced training in psychology, psychodrama, story development and telling, neurolinguistics programming and persuasion sciences. These skills are invaluable for finding and presenting the compelling human story of a case. Joe is known for his unique and creative practices of developing and presenting cases.
Joe was named Trucking Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2014 and 2015 by the American Association of Justice Trucking Litigation Group, Best Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America in 2016 and 2020, 2020 Georgia Legal Trailblazer by ALM (Law.com), and has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2007. His cases have received national attention from countless publications, including The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Joe is licensed in Georgia, Florida, New York, Tennessee, and Texas and has handled cases in over 35 States (pro hac vice).
Joe is currently involved in the following trucking organizations: Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (Founder, Founding Director, 2016 to Present) American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation section (Chair 2016-2017, Executive Board 2010-2019) NBTA National Board of Truck Accident Attorneys, National Board of Trial Advocacy (Founding Co-Chair, 2015 to present) National Trial Lawyers Association – Trucking Trial Lawyers (President 2015-2019) Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable (Founding Partner)
Education D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 1993 A. summa cum laude, Oglethorpe University, 1990 Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2002 (Faculty since 2005)
Memberships and Affiliations State Bar of Georgia, Florida, New York, Tennessee & Texas Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (Founding Director) American Association for Justice (Past Chair, Trucking Litigation Group; Past Chair Bus Litigation Group) National Board of Truck Accident Attorneys, National Board of Trial Advocacy (Founding Chair) National Trial Lawyers Association – Trucking Trial Lawyers (President, 2015 – 2019) Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable (Founding Partner) Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (Faculty) Judicial Experience Federal Law Clerk, Judge Avant Edenfield, Southern District of Georgia, 1994 Fulton County Magistrate Judge, 1994 – 2014