Overview

Mr. Freeman has over 35 years of experience representing buyers, sellers, and developers of contaminated properties, as well as both plaintiffs and defendants in Superfund and other litigation regarding the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. He is a frequent author and speaker on environmental law topics and is the recipient of a 2012 Burton Award as “an outstanding law firm author.” His extensive bar association and pro bono activities include service as President of the New York City Brownfield Partnership, Vice Chair of the New York State League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Committee of Hazardous Waste/Site Cleanup, and Special Legal Counsel to the United Nations Environment Programme for North American Environmental Affairs.

Mr. Freeman is listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law, and New York Super Lawyers. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Freeman served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Frank E. Moss (D-Utah) and a trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees cum laude from Harvard University. He is a member of the New York, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia bars.

Mr. Freeman's practice focuses on:

  • representation of buyers, sellers, and developers of brownfields and other contaminated properties and of parties engaged in hazardous waste cleanups;
  • litigation related to remediation, cost recovery, property damage, and exposure to toxic substances;
  • conducting and/or supervising environmental due diligence; and
  • counseling with respect to environmental insurance issues.

Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude)
  • Harvard University (B.A., cum laude)

Professional Activities

Director and immediate Past-President, New York City Brownfield Partnership

Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Environmental Law & Practice (West), 1998-2000

Board of Advisors, Real Estate / Environmental Liability News

American Bar Association
Section on Environment, Energy and Resource Law

New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
Co-Chair, Committee on Hazardous Waste
Co-Chair, Brownfields Task Force

Co-Founder, U.S. TAG ISO 14000 Legal Issues Forum

Legal Employment

2000-2012: Chair of New York Environmental Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

1994-2000: Chair of Environmental Department, Battle Fowler LLP

1981-1994: Head of Environmental Law Group, Holtzmann, Wise & Shepard, New York, N.Y.

1977-1981: Ginsburg, Feldman and Bress, Washington, D.C.

1975-1977: Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

1970-1972: Office of Senator Frank E. Moss, United States Senate, Washington, D.C.

Professional Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Commonweath of Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Civic / Charitable Activities

Vice Chair and Member, Board of Trustees, New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

Conservation Committee, Eastern New York Chapter, Nature Conservancy

Board of Trustees, Sarah Neuman Nursing Home

Board of Trustees, Jewish Home and Hospital for Aged

Town of Mamaroneck (N.Y.) Planning Board, 1990-1992

Board of Directors, Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund, 1984-1988

Publications & Features

HONORS & AWARDS

Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Environment (New York)

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Environmental 

Selected to the New York Super Lawyers list, Environmental, Environmental Litigation 

Recipient, 2012 Burton Award for Legal Achievement as “an outstanding law firm author”

Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, 2001

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