George Freeman is Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), a post he assumed in September 2014. Before that, he had been Of Counsel to the law firm of Jenner & Block. Prior to joining Jenner, Mr. Freeman was Assistant General Counsel of the New York Times Company for more than 20 years – and a member of the company’s legal team for 11 years before that. During his time there, Mr. Freeman was at the forefront of numerous high-profile cases for the New York Times and the company’s affiliated newspapers, broadcast properties, magazines and Internet sites, including many involving libel, invasion of privacy and other First Amendment issues, as well as copyright, trademark, antitrust, employment discrimination and business and contractual matters. During his 31-year tenure, The New York Times newspaper did not lose one libel or privacy suit, or settle one for dollars.
Mr. Freeman also serves as William J. Brennan, Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at Columbia Journalism School, Adjunct Professor of Media Law and Ethics at New York University and Adjunct Professor of Media Law at the City University of New York’s Graduate Journalism School. He has also been a member of the Practising Law Institute’s Communications Law faculty since 1985.
Mr. Freeman is a frequent lecturer and moderator of panels on First Amendment issues and has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law, Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee and Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Media Law Committee. He co-founded the ABA Boca Conference, an annual conference attended by 250 media/First Amendment attorneys, which is now in its 20th year.
Mr. Freeman graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. He lives in Pelham, New York with his wife Annie. They have two children, Jenny, a young lawyer, and Griff.