Karl Friedman

, Shareholder & Founding Partner


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Karl is a senior member of Sirote and is involved in structuring financial, real estate, personal property and other types of funding transactions as well as Estate Planning and administration. He previously served as an organizing director of the American National Bank of Birmingham and as a special assistant to the Attorney General of Alabama.

Awards & Accreditations

  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating


  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating


  • Senior member of Sirote & Permutt
  • Birmingham Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Birmingham and Alabama State Bar Associations

Thought Leadership

  • Organizes banking and financial institutions and coordinating such activities with applicable state, federal, and other administrative laws, including regulatory agencies
  • Structures financial real estate, personal property and other types of funding transactions, providing collateral and security and selecting investment entities for such activities
  • Deals in substantive and administrative law and regulations relating to the rights of creditors in reorganization, insolvency proceedings, compliance actions and drafting legislation
  • Plans and reviews trusts, estates and estate plans, deals in estate administrations, including investments, insurance programs and related tax planning
  • Served as a Special Assistant Attorney General of the State of Alabama
  • In his representation for the Alabama Consumer Finance Association, appeared before the Federal Trade Commission on Proposed Rules Relating to Credit Practices

University of Alabama School of Law

JD, 1948

  • Omicron Delta Kappa

  • Order of the Coif
  • American National Bank of Birmingham
  • Organizing Director
  • UAB School of Optometry
  • Principal speaker at the 2006 commencement exercises
  • Writes and lectures on commercial and banking law
  • Uniform Commercial Code, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Goodwill Industry of Alabama; Temple Beth-El; Jewish Community Center; Birmingham Jewish Federation
  • Past President
  • World War II Fighter Pilot
  • Birmingham Crisis Center
  • Organizer
  • Recipient of 2007 Golden Eagle Honorary Award by Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Commission for outstanding and valued contributions to the lives of older American citizens.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Advisory Committee to the President

  • Author, "Beware of Complacency:, The Counselor, Summer 2011
  • Author, “Depression? Recession?”, The Counselor, Winter 2009
  • Author, “Whiter Water”, The Counselor, Fall 2007
  • Author, “Red Flag or Silver Bullet?”, The Counselor, Summer 2007
  • Author, “Three Thoughts on the Cost of Things”, The Counselor, Spring 2007
  • Author, "Filing Under Article 9 of the U.C.C.," XIX Alabama Law Review, 1-66
  • Speaker, "Role of the Jewish Community in the Civil Rights Movement," November 2013
  • Author, Novel, "The Professor"
Sirote's Davis, Friedman, Ragsdale and Williams Named Among B-Metro's 2015 Top Flight Lawyers - 3/31/2015 Read More
Karl Friedman Addresses Symposium on the Role of the Jewish Community in Civil Rights Movement - 11/13/2013 Read More
Sirote Attorneys Inducted As Fellows of The Birmingham Bar Foundation - 2/28/2013 Read More

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