George Freeman is vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times Company. He has been assistant general counsel, primarily responsible for the company's litigations, since 1992. He also is involved in newsroom counseling, antitrust and distribution problems, employment relations and business counseling involving The Times's news, advertising, circulation and personnel departments. He has worked in these areas for the company's affiliated newspapers and broadcast properties as well, since he began work for The Times in 1981.
He is a frequent lecturer and moderator of panels on First Amendment issues and has been on the Practising Law Institute's Communications Law faculty since 1985. He also was founder and remains co-chair of the Boca Conference, a winter meeting on First Amendment issues bringing together 250 media attorneys nationwide, which recently celebrated its 13th anniversary. He has participated in a conference in Moscow on "Democratic Governance and a Free Press" with Russian government officials and has toured China as a member of the New York Bar Association Delegation.
Freeman has been an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching media law courses to both undergraduates and graduate journalism students. He was a lecturer-at-law at the University of Miami Law School in 1975-76, following his cum laude graduation from Harvard Law School in 1975. From 1973 to 1974, Freeman served as assistant to the Dean at Vermont Law School.