John Freedman is Arnold & Porter's Senior Pro Bono Counsel and devotes his practice to litigating significant civil rights matters in trial and appellate courts. During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Freedman has always maintained a significant pro bono practice. In recent years, he has led teams that successfully challenged the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the decennial census, the proposed rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and the use of a criminal background employment screen by Washington Metro. He was also a member of the trial team in the successful challenge to Pennsylvania's gerrymandered congressional map.
Prior to assuming his current position in 2020, Mr. Freedman was a partner in Arnold & Porter's litigation group, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation, government investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and parallel proceedings involving simultaneous civil litigation and government investigations. Mr. Freedman's 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, including 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.
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.
- District of Columbia
- New York