Paul E. Freehling

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
131 South Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60603


Areas Of Practice

Legal Malpractice
Partnership Disputes
Product Liability
Sexual Harassment


With more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Freehling has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals, and he has argued before three U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as the Illinois Appellate Court. His experience includes a wide variety of complex litigated matters, including securities fraud and deceptive trade practice matters; fraud class actions; employment discrimination actions under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act; insurance coverage disputes; antitrust cases; corporate control contests; actions under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and other consumer credit laws; business tort cases; defamation (libel and slander); and will contests and trust construction matters.

Additionally, Mr. Freehling has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution both as a neutral and as an advocate. He has been appointed to the Roster of Distinguished Neutrals by the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, the premier organization for alternative methods of dispute resolution. He has been certified as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the National Futures Association, and he has been trained as a mediator by U.S. Arbitration and Mediation of Illinois. Drawing on this experience, Mr. Freehling is very familiar with representing clients before alternative dispute forums, and he has received numerous favorable resolutions in these matters on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Freehling represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including consumer goods, consumer finance, packaging and materials handling, not-for-profit corporations, and government contracting. Mr. Freehling can assist in patent litigation and other litigation involving complex technology.


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School (1962)
  • A.B., Harvard University (1959) cum laude


  • Illinois


  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • American Arbitration Association (Arbitrator)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Law Institute (Elected Member)
  • Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Arbitrator)
  • Chicago Opera Theater (Officer and Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Governing Member)
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (Distinguished Neutral)
  • Federal Bar Association (Past President of the Chicago Chapter, and Officer of the National Association)
  • Illinois Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Editor, ISBA Administrative Law Newsletter, 1971 – present)
  • National Futures Association (Arbitrator)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

131 South Dearborn Street Suite 2400   

Chicago, IL 60603-5577       

Phone: (312) 460-5618

Fax:     (312) 460-7618

Email:  [email protected] 

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