Robert L. Freedman


Robert L. Freedman

Retired Partner

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2558 | +1 215 994 2222

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Robert L. Freedman has more than 40 years of experience advising individuals regarding financial, tax, and family matters, including estate, financial, and retirement planning; wills, trusts, and private foundations; family-owned businesses, pre-nuptial agreements, and other family matters; and will contests and other fiduciary litigation.

  • Harvard College, A.B., 1962
  • Columbia University, M.A., Economics, 1963
  • Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1966
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

For almost 20 years Mr. Freedman has been listed in Best Lawyers in America. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Estate Planner Award from the 1,000-member Philadelphia Estate Planning Council. In a 2004 and 2005 poll of lawyers, he was voted one of the 100 Best Lawyers in Philadelphia and in Pennsylvania.

In his role as a member of the Advisory Committee on Decedents’ Estates of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission, for 30 years Mr. Freedman has been the principal drafter of legislation modernizing Pennsylvania’s probate and trust law statutes, including most recently adapting to Pennsylvania the Prudent Investor Rule, the Uniform Principal and Income Act and the Uniform Trust Act. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He served on The American Law Institute’s members’ consultative group on the Restatement of Trusts. He is a former chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

As an adjunct professor, Mr. Freedman taught wills and trusts and related courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple Law School for eight years. He is the co-author of “Can Fiduciaries Get the Best Price in Sophisticated Business Transactions,” 17 ACTEC Notes 251 (1992).

Mr. Freedman is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of the Board of Governors of the Germantown Cricket Club.