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Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.


In addition to my law degree, I have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy involving comparative medical, legal and business ethics. I am an adjunct professor at a medical school teaching ethics to healthcare professionals and graduate students.

I can answer questions dealing with general ethics principles, including legal ethics, medical ethics, bioethics and business ethics. I am not a moralist and do not interject subjective values such as what is morally right and wrong. Also, I do not give legal advice over the internet.

For more information, you can view my webiste at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

Experience in the area

I have been a civil trial attorney since 1989 with a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy involving comparative ethics.


State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of Colorado (inactive)
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
Federal Bar
Licensed in the Arizona District Court
Licensed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
licensed in the United States Supreme Court
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
National Association of Realtors


A list of my copyrighted publications and presentations is contained at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM


Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
Doctorate in Philosophy 2006

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa
Multiple Who's Who

What do you like about this subject?

I am a philosophically based ethicist and enjoy the complexities of helping the participant understand the ethical path that is best for their own well being.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to allow the reader have a clearer undersanding of the ethical paths and make the best choice for that reader.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are philosophically trained ethicists as well as theologically trained ethicists. The philosophy involving ethics takes into account religious perspectives but does not base decisions solely on that frame of reference.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

A philosophical ethicist should not tell the reader what is "right" or "wrong". We are ethicists and not moralists. We helpt the person making the inquiry understand the complexities to determine the best course of action for that individual. In essence, we help to put the inquirer in the right direction.

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Recent Answers from Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

2015-06-28 ethics:

Andrew,    I am an ethicist and not a moralist since my training is in philosophy and not theology; however, your example illustrates unethical behavior if the information was not meant to be shared for

2013-07-16 stewardship:

Barg,    One can argue this from multiple standpoints.  One view is that "morality" is based on religious views even if one is agnostic or an atheist.  People do not grow up on a desolate island and encounter

2011-04-24 Categorical Propositions:

Dino,    As I told you before, it is difficult to explain this in writing.    The phrase "all politicians are not crooks" could mean 2 things.  The first is that no politicians are crooks.  This is the

2010-10-28 Morals and freedom:

Jim,    I am not a moralist.  I am a philosophical ethicist.  You probably need to ask the question to a theologically trained ethicist/moralist.  Morality has the connotation of what is inherently right

2010-08-25 Benefit Discrimination?:

Lynda,    In a literal sense, it is discrimination because it is different treatment, however, it is not a violation of discrimination laws.  A violation of discrimination laws is discriminating in a negative


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