Like Radar O'Reilly and Tom Arnold, Blake Iverson was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. When he was five he moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he spent his formative years. Living in a town off the beaten path, Blake had the time to read everything he could get his hands on, watch movies, and immerse himself in rock and roll and hip-hop. He also played in a series of bands better left unmentioned.
Blake attended the University of Minnesota, where he volunteered at Radio K and tried his best to major in staying out late. Upon graduation, Blake decided that jobs were for suckers and tried to eke out a living as a musician and freelance writer. After recognizing that the world wasn't clamoring for another mediocre guitar player or snobby rock critic, Blake applied to law school.
After a brief detour in corporate America, Blake founded Friedman Iverson. This gave Blake the venue to focus on the work he is truly passionate about: working for the Twin Cities entertainment community, assisting people facing financial difficulties and helping entrepreneurs launch and maintain successful businesses.
David Friedman came up on the not-so-mean streets of Queens, New York. As a kid, all he knew about Minnesota was that there was a guy named Prince who lived there in a purple house.
One day David heard about deep fried food on a stick, which convinced him to pack his bags and give law school a go at the University of Minnesota. That's where he started a band with future law partner Blake Iverson, and also where he got involved in consumer law issues, helping pioneer the law school's consumer protection clinic to help Minnesotans victimized by predatory lending.
After law school, David went back East and cut his teeth at the Financial Clinic, a nonprofit providing free counseling and legal services for low-income New Yorkers. Running the Clinic's legal department, he focused on bankruptcy, debt collection defense, and a variety of other consumer law issues.
Working in the fast-paced courtrooms of New York was a rush, but Minnesota kept calling. In December 2009, David joined Friedman Iverson. Now that he's a Twin Cities "lifer," he tries his hardest to balance born-and-bred New York grit with Minnesota nice. He may still cut you off on 35W, but at least he's finally learned to wave.