Attorney C. Hugh Friedman dies at age 81


Prominent business attorney and University of San Diego law professor Casil Hugh Friedman, of La Jolla, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, following a prolonged illness.

Friedman, husband of former Congressmember Lynn Schenk, received his juris doctorate from Stanford University in 1956, beginning his legal career as California’s deputy attorney general. He moved to San Diego in 1958 to take a position as an in-house corporate attorney with Westgate- California Corp., going on to practice business law as a senior partner at Friedman, Kahan, Dysart & Frasier.

Friedman was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Conference on Small Business Commission and appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to the California State Air Resources Board. He was a former director for the San Diego County Bar Foundation and member of the American Bar Association and International Bar Association.

In 2012 graduate student fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography was named in honor of Friedman, who, along with his wife, was a longtime member of Scripps’ annual philanthropic group, E.W. Scripps Associates.

In interviews, he said he followed in the footsteps of his father, an attorney who died when Friedman was a boy. Friedman also served as notes editor of the

Stanford Law Review

, and received the Belva Lockwood Award from the Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Friedman is survived by his wife, Lynn; and children Paul, Greg and Marcia. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Congregation Beth Am in Carmel Valley.