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Crowell & Moring Expands Environment & Natural Resources, Government Contracts Capabilities with Senior Counsel Paul C. Freeman

Washington – April 26, 2018: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Paul C. Freeman to its New York office as a senior counsel in the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources and Government Contracts groups. Freeman has more than 20 years of experience advising clients in the energy, aerospace and defense, and maritime industries on a range of matters involving enforcement defense, internal investigations, compliance, risk management, and litigation. One notable area of his practice involves advising clients on the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program.

“Our strength as a national regulatory firm allows us to serve clients seamlessly across practice groups and industries,” said Philip T. Inglima, chair of Crowell & Moring. “Paul’s combined experience in environmental and government contracts law opens doors to serving existing and new clients and further deepens the bench strength of our acclaimed ENR and Government Contracts groups.”

Freeman routinely advises clients in response to investigations by, or inquiries from, a range of regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Defense Inspector General, the FBI, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and state attorneys general. Freeman also counsels defense contractors on compliance with aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, or FAR, including the mandatory disclosure rule, and routinely conducts internal investigations involving supply chain risks, ethics, quality systems, contract compliance, and potential false claims.

Daniel R. Forman, co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group, said: “Paul has existing relationships with several of our clients. His addition expands our footprint in the Northeast, and his presence benefits our regulatory and enforcement capabilities, both of which we see as growth areas for the firm.”

Additionally, Freeman represents fuel suppliers, commodities traders, and other market participants in matters arising under the RFS program, including the RFS Quality Assurance Program. His experience also includes advising on the siting, licensing, and development of natural gas and hydroelectric generating facilities, as well as matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“Even with the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda, there remains considerable regulatory activity at EPA, including with regard to Renewable Fuels Standard setting,” said Elliott P. Laws, chair of the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources Group. “A growing number of companies stand to be subject to these and related state-program renewable volume mandates, and Paul is well positioned to advise them.”

Freeman said: “Crowell & Moring was a perfect fit for my practice. The firm has a deep bench in my two primary practice areas. The quality of the lawyers, both in terms of leadership and experience, is a considerable asset for my clients.”

Freeman joins Crowell & Moring from Eversheds Sutherland LLP where he served as counsel in the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Commodities Practice Group, and his previous experience also includes serving as counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Freeman received both his Master’s of Studies in Environmental Law, cum laude, and J.D. from Vermont Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from St. Lawrence University.

About Crowell & Moring’s Environment & Natural Resources Group

Crowell & Moring's nationally recognized Environment & Natural Resources Group has more than three decades of experience successfully representing clients across the United States in all forums, including federal and state courts, agencies, and legislatures. Our lawyers and policy advisors are nationally acclaimed in air and water quality, civil and criminal environmental litigation, environmental tort litigation and trial, land use, toxic substances, chemical regulation, and site clean-up and reclamation matters.

About Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group

For nearly 40 years, Crowell & Moring's nationally recognized Government Contracts Group has set the standard for effective legal guidance in this highly complex arena. With approximately 60 attorneys, it is one of the largest and most reputable government contracts practices in the United States and worldwide. The group's experience covers virtually every aspect of the increasingly complex and heavily regulated government contracts and grants process, from entering the government marketplace and bidding on public contracts to complying with complex regulatory regimes and performing contracts, litigating disputes, and handling terminations. Follow the group on Twitter at @GovConCrowell.

About Crowell & Moring LLP 

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.


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