Paul Freeman brings more than 18 years of diverse experience advising clients in the energy, maritime, and aerospace and defense industries on a range of issues, with a primary emphasis on matters involving enforcement defense, litigation, and risk management.
Paul routinely advises clients in response to investigations by, or inquiries from, a range of regulators, primarily the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and also including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and state attorneys general.
Over the past several years Paul has represented a wide range of fuel suppliers, commodities traders and other market participants in matters arising under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, including the RFS Quality Assurance Program and the ongoing representation of clients currently confronting enforcement by EPA and DOJ under the RFS regime.
Extending his risk management and investigations practice across multiple industrial sectors, Paul also counsels Fortune 50 defense contractors on compliance with aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), including the mandatory disclosure rule, and he routinely conducts internal investigations involving supply chain risks, ethics, quality systems, contract compliance and potential false claims.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Paul was counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf. His previous experience included working in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel in Washington DC.