John Freedman's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, government investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and parallel proceedings involving simultaneous civil litigation and government investigations. Mr. Freedman's commercial litigation experience includes representing corporations, accounting firms and accountants, broker-dealers, investment advisers, corporate boards and committees, and individual corporate officers and directors in securities fraud litigation and investigations; representing clients in shareholder derivative and other fiduciary duty litigation; defending corporations in antitrust class actions and merger litigation; and other commercial litigation.
Mr. Freedman also regularly represents clients in investigations and enforcement matters by the United States Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other government agencies. He has also litigated real estate, contract disputes, intellectual property, false advertising, civil rights, employment, and other commercial matters in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations. Mr. Freedman has specific experience in disputes involving issues of corporate finance, valuation, statistics, and the application of generally accepted accounting principles.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Freedman served as law clerk to the Honorable Walter Jay Skinner, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has also volunteered on numerous political campaigns as a speechwriter, policy analyst, researcher, and as legal counsel.
- Defendant in antitrust class action litigation. In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y).
- Officer defendant in securities fraud class action litigation. In re SafeNet. Inc. Securities Fraud Litigation (S.D.N.Y.).
- Outside auditors in securities fraud class action litigation, including parallel proceedings in California, Illinois, and New Jersey state courts, as well as related government investigations. In re Qwest Communications Int'l Securities Litigation, 396 F. Supp. 2d 1178 (D. Colo. 2004).
- Officer defendants in trustee litigation arising from bankruptcy of Doctors Community Health Care Corporation. Alberts v. Tuft et al. (D.D.C.).
- Private equity firm and outside directors in trustee litigation arising from bankruptcy of PT Cable. Donahue v. The Carlyle Group L.P. et al. (E.D. Wash.).
- Acquirer in emergency litigation to enjoin short-form merger. Next Level Communications, Inc. v. Motorola, Inc., 834 A.2d 828, 844 (Del. Ch. 2003).
- JD, Harvard Law School, 1995
- BA, Williams College, 1991
- District of Columbia
- New York
- US District Court, District of Massachusetts, The Honorable Walter Jay Skinner
- Mr. Freedman has been a member of the firm's pro bono committee, and dedicates a significant portion of his practice to pro bono civil rights litigation, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, voting rights, and employment discrimination. He has worked on matters with counsel from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund, the Constitution Project, and the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project.