Richard A. Freese
Principal
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Practices
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Premises Liability
  • Personal Injury
Education
  • Auburn University
  • Cumberland School of Law
Admissions & Associations
  • Alabama Association of Justice
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Mississippi Supreme Court

Richard A. Freese

Attorney Richard Freese is a graduate of Auburn University (B.A. 1982). He graduated from Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1985), where he served as the Articles Editor of the Cumberland Law Review (1984-1985). He is licensed to practice law in Alabama (1985) and Mississippi (2000), and admitted to the following courts: Alabama Supreme Court; Mississippi Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama and the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi.

Legal Practice

Richard Freese has 26 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer.  Mr. Freese represents clients in a number of cases each year that result in multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements. His practice takes him throughout the United States. Mr. Freese regularly practices in multiple state and federal courts. He has always focused his practice on catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation. For more than two decades he has handled complex environmental contamination cases involving both personal injury and property damage caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances.

Courtroom Success

•   In February 2016, Mr. Freese represented Sharon Carlino and her husband against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in Pennsylvania state court, winning a $13.5 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s TVT pelvic mesh product for stress urinary incontinence

•   In March 2015, Mr. Freese represented Coleen Perry against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in California state court, winning a $5.7 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh product for stress urinary incontinence.

•   Mr. Freese previously obtained a $19 million verdict against Chevron/Texaco for catastrophic birth injuries caused by the plaintiffs’ mothers’ exposure to lead, benzene, and toulene while pregnant. Mr. Freese also obtained a multi-million dollar verdict against a doctor for negligently causing the death of a patient by prescribing an overdose of the painkiller Dilaudid.®

•   In late 2010, Mr. Freese concluded a substantial confidential settlement on behalf of several thousand clients who were exposed to PCB (Polychlorinated Bi Phenyls)from a transformer manufacturing plant in Mississippi.

•   Mr. Freese enjoys the 10th anniversary of his AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, which signifies the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. This rating is achieved based on reviews submitted by his peers in the legal community.

Litigation Dockets

Mr. Freese currently focuses on products liability, mass torts, pharmaceutical litigation, environmental litigation, consumer and commercial fraud, and class actions. Mr. Freese has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in commercial, environmental, and personal injury cases.

History

Mr. Freese began his legal career in 1985, with the Birmingham, Alabama firm of Burr & Forman, LLP. He was the youngest partner ever elected to the law firm’s management committee.

In 1995, he opened the Birmingham, Alabama office of Langston, Frazer, Sweet & Freese, P.A., which was headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. By 2002, the firm had obtained five of the ten largest jury verdicts in Mississippi history. In 2003, Mr. Freese formed Sweet & Freese, PLLC, to operate offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi. In 2005, he formed The Freese Law Firm. In 2007, Mr. Freese and Mr. Goss formed Freese & Goss, PLLC with offices in Birmingham, AL, Jackson, MS, and Dallas, TX.

Lectures

Mr. Freese is a frequent speaker at CLE conferences. He has been an invited panelist at the Practicing Law Institute to lecture on predatory lending practices and consumer fraud. He has lectured to the Alabama State Bar regarding environmental litigation and the Mississippi State Bar on medical malpractice and tort reform.

Related

•   Richard Freese tells Bloomberg what the $5.7 Million Johnson & Johnson means

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