Former Kentucky ACLU Attorney Has Law License Taken Away

Apr 26, 2012

A prominent Kentucky attorney who won several major victories for ACLU is being permanently disbarred. David Friedman admitted violating several rules of professional conduct and agreed to the sanction, which was imposed by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Friedman was initially suspended from practicing law in 2010 after he was accused of withholding nearly $200,000 in fees owed to clients, including a Jefferson Family Court judge.

During his tenure as lead counsel for the Kentucky ACLU, Friedman argued more than 40 cases before the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

One of the most high-profile cases Friedman argued was in 2005, when he persuaded the US Supreme Court that the Ten Commandments displays in the Whitley and McCreary County courthouses violated the separation of church and state.