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George C. Freeman, III

Member

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert Tate, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Mentz, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Education

University of Virginia, J.D.,1982, M.A., 1982

Oxford University, B.A., 1977

Emory University, B.A., 1975

Recognitions

Chambers USA, Ranked in Band 1, Securities Litigation

Best Lawyers, since 2003

Best Lawyers, Securities Litigation 'Lawyer of the Year' New Orleans 2014

Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star

Louisiana Super Lawyers, since 2007

New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyers

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell

Rhodes Scholar

American Law Institute

Recipient, Monte M. Lehman Distinguished Teaching Award, Tulane University Law School

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

George C. Freeman, III, is a founding member of the firm and serves as the firm's managing partner. His practice focuses mainly on securities litigation and enforcement. He primarily represents financial advisors and broker-dealers, together with their respective officers, directors, and employees, in customer disputes and in SEC and FINRA investigations. He also represents underwriters, issuers, and trustees in securities class action cases. Outside the field of securities, George concentrates in complex commercial litigation.

George has been recognized by Chambers USA in the field of Securities Litigation, and by Best Lawyers in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Securities Litigation. According to Chambers USA, George’s clients and peers have referred to him as “one of the best” securities litigation attorneys around, and have praised his “academic, scholarly knowledge of securities law.”

Chambers 2017_George Freeman Best Lawyers Award Badge    Benchmark Litigation 2016_George Freeman  Super Lawyers - George Freeman

Notable Representations
  • Led team representing broker-dealer in FINRA arbitrations, and in state and federal courts cases, nationwide arising from six high-yield bond funds that sustained massive losses during the 2007-2008 market meltdown. The firm has handled over 400 cases, and taken over 25 arbitration claims to final award, with most resulting in take-nothing decisions or awards representing only a small fraction of the amounts sought by the claimants.
  • Represented senior executive of national broker-dealer in regulatory proceedings and civil litigation arising out of a multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme.
  • Represented broker-dealer in federal trial and appellate courts nationwide in successfully obtaining injunctions barring investors from pursuing their claims before FINRA. Every federal court rejected the investors’ arguments and required investors to litigate rather than arbitrate their claims.
  • Defended senior executive of a publicly-traded company, who, with his company, was a target of an SEC investigation into the company’s restatement of its annual financials.
  • Represented multiple broker-dealers in numerous arbitrations and regulatory proceedings in the aftermath of the dotcom crash.
  • Handled multiple cases, over a period of five years, relating to accusations of inaccurate stock assessments produced in research analyst’s reports.
Professional and Civic Activities

George has long been a member of the American, Louisiana, and New Orleans Bar Associations, as well as the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the American Law Institute. He has served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange, and the American Arbitration Association. He also has taught jurisprudence, constitutional theory, and securities litigation and arbitration for over twenty-five years as a member of the adjunct faculty at Tulane University Law School, where he is a full Professor and a recipient of the Monte M. Lehman Distinguished Teaching Award.

George is also active in community affairs. He has served on the Board of Directors of Trinity Episcopal School, of the Langston Hughes Academy Charter School, of FirstLine Schools, and on the Tulane Cancer Center Community Advisory Board.

News
Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • "Securities Class Actions and Derivative Suits: Fifth Circuit," Securities Litigation Subcommittee Annual Surveys, American Bar Association (1996-2003)
  • "Fifth Circuit Symposium: Securities," 40 Loyola Law Review 819 (1995) (co-author with Stephen H. Kupperman)
  • "Selected Topics in Securities Arbitration: Rule 15c2-2, Fraud, Duress, Unconscionability, Waiver, Class Arbitration, Punitive Damages, Rights of Review, and Attorneys' Fees and Costs," 65 Tulane Law Review 1301 (1991) (co-author with Stephen H. Kupperman)
  • "Fifth Circuit Symposium: Securities," 35 Loyola Law Review 1017 (1989) (co-author with Stephen H. Kupperman)
  • "Liberalism and the Objectivity of Ethics" (reviewing J. Fishkin, Beyond Subjective Morality: Ethical Reasoning and Political Philosophy), 47 Louisiana Law Review 1235 (1987)
  • "The Misguided Search for the Constitutional Definition of Religion," 71 Georgetown Law Journal 1519 (1983)
Past Experience
  • Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C.