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Hon. Helen E. Freedman (Ret.)

JAMS New York
Former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York
Former Justice of the Commercial Division, New York County Supreme Court

New York, NY, USA


Hon. Helen E. Freedman joined JAMS in November 2014 after serving for six years on  the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court and twenty-nine  years as a trial judge.   She  served on the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court from 1995-99.  Prior to her appointment to the Appellate Division, she was in the Commercial Division of the New York County Supreme Court for eight years.   Justice Freedman was also Presiding Justice of the Litigation Coordinating Panel for multi-district litigation in New York State, from 2003 to 2014, and  managed a number of mass tort litigations including the entire downstate asbestos litigation and homeless family litigation.

Justice Freedman is a member of the New York State and Federal Judicial Council Advisory Board and serves on the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.  She is currently on the Board of  New York County Lawyer’s Association (NYCLA), was Chair of the Judicial Section of NYCLA from 2009 to 2012,  and is a member of several NYCLA Task Forces. She is also a Trustee of the Historical Society of the New York Courts.

Justice Freedman was an adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and has lectured at judicial seminars, CLE programs,  and law schools on evidence, trial and appellate practice, mass torts, the use of ADR in public disputes, commercial practice and medical-legal issues.  She is the author of  New York Objections, a book on evidence and trial practice; of a chapter in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts; of Selected Ethical Issues in Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2008; and of book reviews and articles on mass torts, medical malpractice, and the use of ADR.  

She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law.

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