- Tribal and Indian Law
- Real Estate, Land Use
- Labor and Employment
- Government Contracts,
- J.D., Duke University, 1974, with distinction
- B.A., Claremont Men's College, 1970, with honors
Richard M. Freeman is a partner in the Real Estate, Construction and Land Use Litigation Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office. Mr. Freeman serves as Co-Team Leader of the Tribal and Indian Law Team.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Freeman specializes in business disputes, including gaming law, real estate and construction litigation and labor and employment matters. In the area of gaming, Mr. Freeman has particular expertise dealing with the California Gambling Control Commission and the Bureau of Gambling Control in regard to state gambling regulations and licensing requirements for both tribal and non-tribal clients. He also specializes in Native American issues, including but not limited to sovereign immunity, Tribal sovereignty, Indian water rights, the Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act, Tribal Compacts, Tribal contracts and leases, Indian Tax issues, Indian environmental regulatory and compliance issues and labor and employment issues on tribal lands.
Mr. Freeman's litigation experience includes numerous state and federal court jury trials, injunctions, arbitrations, class actions and administrative trials. Mr. Freeman has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a number of occasions, the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Freeman has been litigating real estate and construction disputes for over 30 years. This litigation has taken the form as first chair of more than 10 jury trials of over two weeks in length (with more than a 90% success rate); dozens of judge trials; and dozens of arbitrations. Mr. Freeman has represented large landowners, landlords against corporate tenants and has represented corporate tenants against landlords. He has also represented numerous owners, developers, contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes.
Mr. Freeman has been named as one of the top Southern California "Super Lawyers." He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He is listed in Who's Who in American Lawyers. He has spoken before national attorney groups on a variety of subjects including trial issues and employment issues.
- San Diego Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2013-2017
- San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2011, 2013-2014
- "Martindale Hubbell "AV" rating"
- Member, Board of Directors, San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers