Paul Freeman brings more than 17 years of diverse experience advising clients in the energy, aerospace and defense, and maritime industries on a range of issues, with a primary emphasis on matters involving compliance, risk management and litigation.
Paul routinely advises clients in response to investigations by, or inquiries from, a range of regulators, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, 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.
Extending his risk management and investigations practice across multiple industrial sectors, Paul also counsels defense contractors on compliance with aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), including the mandatory disclosure rule, and routinely conducts internal investigations involving supply chain risks, ethics, quality systems, contract compliance and potential false claims.
Paul represents 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. His dynamic experience also includes advising on the siting, licensing and development of natural gas and hydroelectric generating facilities, as well as matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Additionally, Paul advises on environmental liabilities as they arise in corporate restructurings, as well as in multi-billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, and provides business and regulatory counseling on environmental risk and compliance to high-profile energy, insurance and industrial clients.
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.