Mr. Friedman is a Principal in the Ares Private Equity Group, where he focuses on special opportunities investing. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Friedman was an Associate in the Financial Restructuring Group at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy L.L.P., where he represented debtors and creditors in chapter 11 reorganization cases and out-of-court workouts, and private equity funds and hedge funds acquiring control positions in financially distressed companies. Mr. Friedman was a Secondee at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. in the Special Situations and Distressed Investing Group. Previously, Mr. Friedman was a Judicial Law Clerk in the District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Friedman holds a B.A. from Emory University in Political Science, where he was appointed to the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from The George Washington School of Law. During law school, Mr. Friedman was a George Washington Scholar and received the Charles Glover Award and the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award. Mr. Friedman is a member of the State Bar of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.