C.J.: Attorney Joe Friedberg in all his verbal glory

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 29, 2014 - 5:24 PM

Stories about attorney Joe Friedberg are legend.

Time to hear some of them on the record from the horse’s mouth. So if it may please courts everywhere — especially those on which basketball continues to be played despite his beloved Tar Heels’ getting bounced from March Madness by Iowa State — here’s a Q&A with one of the USA’s Super Lawyers.

In my startribune.com/video, you can even see how Friedberg has his toenails painted every November in support of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina.

I told Friedberg that while editing the video I fell in love with the sartorial statement his attire made, in a way that it did not strike me the day we taped this interview.

“Wait a minute,” he shot back Friday. “You once told me that I made a $2,500 suit look like a $250 suit.”

I thought he was looking better because he started taking fashion advice from Carolyn, his wife of 51 years.

She told me she has no input on work clothes. He selects the fabric for his suits and shirts and she has never even bought him a tie. She only buys him jeans and underwear, which she reports are very nice.

 

Q: You answer the phone at your law offices?

A: Yeah, especially if there’s nobody else to answer it. If I’m sitting at my desk, the phone rings and Carolyn doesn’t pick it up, I [do]. I don’t like to seem remote from people. Many, many years ago I either heard or read an article about the president of United States Steel, who occasionally sat at the greeting desk and answered the telephone. I’ve thought it was a good idea.

 

Q: Tell me why you choose to be a faithful husband?

A: The first reason is that I love my wife. The second reason is that I couldn’t live with the guilt of not being faithful. Nobody knows for a fact that you’re faithful. I think I’ve got that reputation, but I am and couldn’t consider being any other way. A lot of people around who I know aren’t; I couldn’t live with that lie.

 

Q: Do you ever talk to friends who are being unfaithful about their behavior?

A: Not about that. If that’s how they choose to live, that’s fine.

 

Q: You’ve been pulled over on suspicion of DWI?

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