David J. Freeman

Director, Real Property & Environmental at
Gibbons P.C.

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Mr. Freeman has over 35 years of experience representing buyers, sellers, and developers of contaminated properties, as well as both plaintiffs and defendants in Superfund and other litigation regarding the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. He is a frequent author and speaker on environmental law topics and is the recipient of a 2012 Burton Award as “an outstanding law firm author.” His extensive bar association and pro bono activities include service as President of the New York City Brownfield Partnership, Vice Chair of the New York State League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Committee of Hazardous Waste/Site Cleanup, and Special Legal Counsel to the United Nations Environment Programme for North American Environmental Affairs.


Mr. Freeman is listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and New York Super Lawyers. Chambers has quoted clients as saying, “Has many strengths, including excellent analysis of issues, understanding of government agencies, client service and the ability to achieve the best outcome”…“He is a good negotiator who never loses his cool and always stays focused on what’s important.”


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Freeman served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Frank E. Moss (D-Utah) and a trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees cum laude from Harvard University. He is a member of the New York, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia bars.


Mr. Freeman's practice focuses on:

  • representation of buyers, sellers, and developers of brownfields and other contaminated properties and of parties engaged in hazardous waste cleanups;
  • litigation related to remediation, cost recovery, property damage, and exposure to toxic substances;
  • conducting and/or supervising environmental due diligence; and
  • counseling with respect to environmental insurance issues.

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