Emma Freeman


Emma Freeman has a broad litigation practice that encompasses civil rights and commercial matters in federal and state court as well as various state and federal agencies.  She has substantial experience representing individuals and organizations in cases involving housing and employment discrimination, misconduct by police and correctional officers, the abuse of children and persons with disabilities, wrongful convictions, First Amendment religious free exercise, and other constitutional questions at both the trial and appellate level.  Her commercial practice involves real estate and contract disputes, defamation suits, arbitrations, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation, and civil RICO matters.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2017, Ms. Freeman clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts, and the Hon. Barbara A. Lenk of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  She previously worked with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Public Policy Litigation and Law Department and with the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Ms. Freeman received her B.A. from Yale University and graduated cum laude in 2013 from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and as Vice-President of the Board of Student Advisers.  Ms. Freeman’s team won the Ames Moot Court Competition, and she received the George S. Leisure Award for Best Oralist.

Representative Cases:

Represented Amica Curiae Sarah P. Chayes, an internationally-renowned scholar of kleptocratic regimes, in multiple ongoing lawsuits alleging violations of the Emoluments Clause by President Donald J. Trump.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Trump, No. 1:17-cv-00458 (S.D.N.Y.); The District of Columbia, et al. v. Trump, 8:17-cv-01596 (D. Md.).

Obtained a favorable settlement, including monetary and injunctive relief, on behalf of fair housing organization Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. and Jennifer Serrano, a Westchester County resident who experienced family status discrimination when attempting to purchase a co-op.  Serrano, et al. v. Mamaroneck Gardens, et al., 7:17-cv-02111 (S.D.N.Y.).

Secured a favorable confidential, pre-litigation settlement on behalf of an employee alleging pregnancy and gender discrimination with respect to her treatment by a well-known New York company.

Currently represent class action plaintiffs challenging the New York City Police Department’s policy requiring the removal of all religious head coverings for mug shots.  Clark, et al. v. City of New York, No. 18-cv-02334 (S.D.N.Y.).  

Currently represent incarcerated client who was waterboarded and brutally beaten by correction officers at Auburn Correctional Facility.  Raymond v. Mitchell, et al., 9:18-cv-01467 (N.D.N.Y.).

Currently represent imprisoned, wrongfully convicted client seeking a new trial arising from a murder that occurred in the 1990s in Manhattan.


Giving Casey Its Bite Back: The Role of Rational Basis Review in Undue Burden Analysis,” 48 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 279 (Spring 2013)

“In Defense of Danger Assessment,” Domestic Violence Report, Vol. 17 No. 3, February 2012

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Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013

Board Member, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Vice-President, Board of Student Advisors
George S. Leisure Award for Best Oralist

Yale University, B.A., 2009


U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of New York
New York