George Freeman is Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center, a non-profit trade association supporting the media industry in legal matters. Its membership includes 125 media companies from ABC to Yahoo! and 200 law firms that represent media clients.
For more than 30 years, he worked as a First Amendment attorney in the Legal Department of The New York Times Company, leaving in 2012 as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He was primarily responsible for the company’s litigations and counseled the newsrooms of The Times and its affiliated newspapers, television stations, and magazines.
He also was involved in antitrust and distribution problems, employment relations, and business counseling. He was at the forefront of a number of high-profile cases, including reporter Judy Miller’s battle not to reveal her confidential sources in the Scooter Libby case and quarterback Ken Stabler’s libel case against The Times.
He is a frequent lecturer and moderator of panels on First Amendment issues and has been on the Practicing Law Institute’s Communications Law faculty since 1985.
In addition to teaching the legal and ethics course at the Newmark J-School, he is the William J. Brennan Visiting Professor at the Columbia Journalism School and teaches First Amendment law at New York University.
He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.