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John P. Freeman

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus and John T. Campbell Chair in Business and Professional Ethics Emeritus
School of Law
Phone: 206-829-8701

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John P. Freeman


Professor Freeman joined the USC law faculty in 1973 after receiving undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Notre Dame and an LL.M. in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he studied as a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Study of Financial Institutions. Four times, the students at USC Law School voted him the Outstanding Faculty Member. He has received various service awards and has served as one of the four public members on South Carolina’s Judicial Merit Selection Commission.

Professor Freeman started law practice in 1970 with the Jones Day law firm and subsequently worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as special counsel analyzing mutual fund issues. He taught corporate law, securities law, and legal ethics for over 30 years, and has testified as an expert witness or served as trial counsel in various legal malpractice lawsuits, ethics proceedings, and investment-related cases. Professor Freeman has written and lectured extensively on ethics, malpractice, and business-related matters, and he writes a regular column on professionalism topics for the South Carolina Lawyer. Most recently, Professor Freeman’s writing and commentary have addressed issues arising from the work of mutual fund sponsors. Professor Freeman retired from the faculty in 2008.


  • Article, “Appearance of Impropriety, Recusal, and the Segars-Andrews Case”, 62 S.C.L. Rev. 485 (2011).
  • Article (with Stewart Brown and Steve Pomerantz), “Mutual Fund Advisory Fees: New Evidence and a Fair Fiduciary Duty Test”, 61 Okla. L. Rev. 83 (2008). [SSRN]
  • Article, “The Mutual Fund Distribution Fee Mess”, 32 J. Corporation Law 739 (2007). [SSRN]
  • Commentary on Fee Gouging by Mutual Fund Sponsors (March 2007). [SSRN]
  • Author, Regular Legal Ethics Column for South Carolina Lawyer.
  • Chapter on Legal Opinion Liability in Legal Opinion Letters A Comprehensive Guide to Opinion Letter Practice (M. John Sterba, Jr., ed. 2003) (plus annual updates).

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