Lawrence (“Larry”) Freedman is a partner in the Firm’s Business Law Department. Larry has practiced law for over twenty years. Substantial experience with issues under evolving communications laws as a result of cutting edge work on behalf of competitive telecommunications companies around the US and the world highlights his legal background. Larry’s telecommunications practice focuses on serving clients in transactions, as well as regulatory and dispute resolution matters before state public regulatory commissions, the Federal Communications Commission, and other arenas, and in many respects as a “strategic quarterback” for parties in the competitive telecommunications area who require the development and implementation of a legal and regulatory strategy.
Larry has advised clients on the development and implementation of a “cloud computing” strategy. He has assisted clients on a full range of strategic, contractual, and regulatory compliance issues (including data privacy and security issues) associated with the development and deployment of a cloud computing strategy. He currently leads the Firm’s Cloud Computing Group.
He has also developed and led a practice area specializing in issues relating to “wired communities” and the nexus between telecommunications and real estate and community development. This turned into one of the country’s pioneering law practices focused in these areas, including, innovative transactions to facilitate fiber to the home.
Before Edwards Wildman
Mr. Freedman was born and raised in Southern California. He played varsity football in high school and college and wrote and edited the student newspaper in college and law school. He attended law school in the evening division while working for the American Bar Association in the alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) field as a staff intern, and staff counsel. He wrote numerous articles and publications and participated in many nationwide trainings and conference presentations on ADR.
Mr. Freedman took a sabbatical from his law practice to hold the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of WorldNet Telecommunications Inc., a competitive telecommunications company founded in 1996 and headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr. Freedman, as WorldNet’s President and CEO, was responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of WorldNet’s telecommunications business and 200 employees. Mr. Freedman successfully led WorldNet in three core missions to (a) deploy a state of the art network (including an internet protocol/ broadband central switch, a state of the art network operating center, and over 50 remote offices throughout Puerto Rico), (b) develop a sophisticated financial budgeting and forecasting system, and (c) implement an innovative sales and marketing strategy reflecting both new ideas for this market as well as the best practices of telecommunications companies worldwide. WorldNet, during Mr. Freedman’s leadership, earned recognition as one of the “20 Best Employers,” and, the “Zenith Award” from the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce as “Best Telecommunications Carrier in Puerto Rico.”
Besides Edwards Wildman
Larry has been active in various community service and pro bono activities. Among many such activities, he served for several years as a volunteer attorney at the Greentree Shelter (now known as National Center for Children and Families [“NCCF”]), has also worked pro bono for the Washington Studio School, and developed the peer mediation program for Bradley Hills Elementary School, an effort for which he was formally recognized with an award from the American Bar Association to his firm. He and his family maintain an active role in community service activities for NCCF. Among other things, his son, Ross, was named “Community Youth Leader” of the Year for NCCF for 2003 for his role in their “Big Buddy” program, a program in which his other son Scott also participated. He and his wife were named “Community Volunteers of the Year” by NCCF. The Freedman family has for the past ten years also personally sponsored and supported a number of activities for the JC Nalle Elementary School in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC, including among other things an annual holiday party for the children, sports clinics, art programs, and inspirational programs. He has participated in the “Art and Soul” NCCF Charity Event. Larry is now in the process of establishing a new community service project to model outreach partnerships to schools and community groups.
He is married to Mary Freedman, an artist and teacher of art and art appreciation to underprivileged youth. Mary Freedman has been recognized in her own right for her activities in the Greentree Adolescent Program at NCCF. They have two sons, Ross and Scott. Mr. Freedman has been active in youth activities and sports, including playing competitive basketball, soccer, and squash, and over thirty seasons of coaching youth soccer, baseball and basketball.