Paul M. Freeman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Hudson, NY

Freeman Howard, P.C.
 | 441 East Allen Street, PO Box 1328
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 866-459-3383
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • General Litigation (70%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Founding member of Freeman Howard, P.C., Paul M. Freeman represents Hudson Valley and the greater Capital Region in cases of personal injury, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, mortgage foreclosure, commercial transaction, construction contract litigation, estate litigation, estate planning, commercial real estate and business planning. Named by the Litigation Counsel of America as an honorary member, he has over 30 years of experience in litigation in federal and state courts at the appellate and trial level.

Mr. Freeman is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Capital District Bankruptcy Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association and a past president and current member of the Columbia County Bar Association. At Cornell University, Mr. Freeman earned a Bachelor of Science in 1985 in public policy and economics, and then attended Albany Law School, where he obtained a Juris Doctor in 1988.

A passionate member of his community, Mr. Freeman is an instructor for both the National Business Institute and the American Institute of Banking, and past director and former chairman of the executive committee of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Currently he is a member of the Columbia County Association in the City of New York and was named in 2017 and 2018 as one of Upstate New York’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators.

Mr. Freeman is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York; and before the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. In New York, he is admitted to practice in all state courts including the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

General Litigation (70%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018

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About Paul Freeman

Admitted: 1989, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Recognized as a member of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Upstate New York, 2017 and 2018, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Upstate New York, 2018
  • Chosen as a member of the Lawyers of Distinction - for Civil Litigation - Top 10% in the USA 2017 and 2018, Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
  • 2017 - Inducted as an honorary member of the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honor Society - an accolade less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers enjoy., Inducted Member, Litigation Counsel of America, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, Plaintiff's Personal Injury, 2016 - 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President - Columbia County Bar Association, 2010
  • New York Court of Appeals, 1989
  • Appellate Division, Third Department, 1989
  • Courts of the State of New York, 1989
  • Columbia County Association of the City of New York, Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • Capital District Bankruptcy Bar
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates, Past Delegate
  • Columbia County Bar Association, Past President
  • Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994
  • Federal Eastern District Court of New York, 1992
  • Federal Southern District Court of New York, 1991
  • Federal Northern District Court of New York, 1989
  •  Columbia County Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Capital Region Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Past Director
  • Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Executive committee, Past Chairman
  • Spearhed the Columbia County Bar Association food and hunger drive to support the local food pantries in Columbia County

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter at 2017 conference on Road and Easement Law Litigation, Speaker, Road and Easement Law, NBI, Inc., 2017
  • National Business Institute, Instructor
  • American Institute of Banking, Instructor
  • Regular Lecturer for CLE seminars for Lorman


  • Breach of Construction Contract/Mechanic’s LienorRepresented construction contractor seeking payment on mechanic’s lien for construction labor performed in the renovation and construction of residential home against the owners of property. Following a multiple day jury trial, the jury awarded our client all sums claimed under the construction contract, with interest and costs - $138,580, 2017
  • Business Franchise Dispute/InjunctionRepresented national tax preparation service franchisor seeking to enjoin a former tax preparation franchisee from violating the terms of the non-compete language found in the franchise agreement. Following a hearing on the Order to Show Cause, the Federal District Court granted our client’s request for an injunction, and also granted the application to hold former franchisee in contempt for failing to abide by the Court’s injunction. H&R Block Tax Service v. Strauss, 15-CV–0085, Federal Court, Northern District of New York, 2015 WL 470644 and 2015 WL 4094649., 2017
  • Automobile AccidentRepresented injured driver in head-on collision with inexperienced driver, resulting in multiple back fusion surgeries and plate implant. Settled for policy limit with negligent driver and successfully pursued Supplemental Underinsured Motorists policy limit in arbitration hearing against injured driver’s own insurance carrier - $500,000. Arbitrator awarded the entire policy limit to our client., 2017
  • Legal MalpracticeRepresented client in the successful prosecution of legal malpractice action against attorney who negligently failed to introduce proper and adequate exhibits and expert testimony at trial, thereby resulting in the loss of access to a 200 acre parcel owned by our clients. This firm successfully prosecuted a claim for the value of the lost access and diminished real property value resulting in an award of $318,570 for our clients.  , 2016
  • Replevin of Personal PropertyRepresented avid antique motorcycle collector in claim for fraudulent conversion of valuable antique motorcycles and for the fraudulent receipt of money for motorcycles paid for but never delivered. Following a multiple day bench trial, the Supreme Court Justice awarded our client full possession and return of all antique motorcycles, as well as a money judgment for return of money fraudulently received by defendant - $575,000., 2016
  • Medical MalpracticeRepresented decedent’s estate in Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death claim for failure of the Emergency Room physician to timely diagnose aortic aneurysm leading to the sudden death of the negligently discharged patient. Settled during trial – multi-million recovery., 2016

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University - BS Economics and Public Policy, 1985

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Capital Region Trial Lawyers Association
  • Columbia County Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
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Office Location for Paul M. Freeman

441 East Allen Street
PO Box 1328
Hudson, NY 12534

Phone: 866-459-3383


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Last Updated: 10/18/2018

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