George Freeman is Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Company, a title he has held since 1992. In that capacity, he is primarily responsible for the Company's litigations. He also is involved in newsroom counseling, antitrust and distribution problems, employment relations and business counseling involving The Times's news, advertising, circulation and personnel departments. He has worked in these areas for the Company's affiliated newspapers and broadcast properties as well, since he began work for The Times in 1981.
Mr. Freeman is chair of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section's First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee. He is also the immediate past chair of the ABA's Forum on Communication Law. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Freeman was chairman of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee. Previously, he had served as chair of that organization's cameras in the courts subcommittee. He also chairs the Access and Newsgathering Subcommittee of the Newspaper Association of America's Legal Affairs Committee.
He is a frequent lecturer and moderator of panels on First Amendment issues and has been on the Practising Law Institute's Communications Law faculty since 1985. He also was founder and remains co-chair of the Boca Conference, a winter meeting bringing together 250 media attorneys nationwide which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
In March 1993, he participated in a conference in Moscow on "Democratic Governance and a Free Press" with Russian government officials. In 1979, he toured China as a member of the New York Bar Association Delegation, exploring legal and trade matters in Peking, Shanghai, Canton, Shenyang and Dairen.
In 2000-01 he was co-chair of an ABA Task Force on jury initiatives and in 2001-03 was co-chair of its Task Force on the Public Perception of Lawyers.
Prior to coming to The Times, Mr. Freeman was an associate at the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he represented The Times in litigation of several significant cases.
Since 1998, Mr. Freeman has been an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching media law courses to both undergraduates and graduate journalism students. Mr. Freeman was a lecturer-at-law at the University of Miami Law School in 1975 and 1976, following his cum laude graduation from Harvard Law School in 1975. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1971. From 1973 to 1974, Mr. Freeman served as assistant to the Dean at Vermont Law School.
Mr. Freeman, who was born in New York City, is an avid tennis player. He is married to the former Anne Griffith; they live in Westchester with their two children, Jennifer and Griffith.