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Paul Freeman


Paul Freeman is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources and Government Contracts groups. He brings two decades 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 Crowell & Moring, Paul was counsel at a major global law firm.


  • St. Lawrence University, B.A. (1995) cum laude
  • Vermont Law School, J.D. (1998)
  • Vermont Law School, M.S.E.L. (2001) cum laude


Admitted to practice: New York, Connecticut, District of Columbia, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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"President Biden Employs Defense Production Act and Tariff Act in Domestic Clean Energy Manufacturing Push," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 7, 2022). Contacts: Stephanie L. Crawford, Irina Pisareva, Jonathan M. Baker, Paul Freeman, Larry F. Eisenstat, Robert L. LaFrankie, John B. Brew
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition For Federal Fleets: A Practical Discussion," National Law Journal (May 20, 2022). Authors: Paul Freeman, Thomas A. Lorenzen, and Siyi Shen.
"U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Poised to Execute “Comprehensive Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy”," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (May 6, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Felicia L. Isaac
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Let the Writing Begin: FAR Council Agrees to Draft Proposed Climate Disclosure FAR Amendments," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 21, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Small Changes to NEPA Rules Expected to Have Major Impacts on Federal Environmental Reviews of Infrastructure Projects," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (April 20, 2022). Contacts: Byron R. Brown, Kirsten L. Nathanson, Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson
Client Alert / Newsletter
“Climate Considerations for Government Contractors,” The Coalition for Government Procurement, Crowell & Moring Webinar. (April 19, 2022). Speakers: Paul Freeman and Issac D. Schabes
"GSA Paves Way for National Carbon Standards in Construction Materials," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 6, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"GSA Takes “Concrete” Efforts Towards Implementing Buy Clean Construction Policies," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 15, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Byron R. Brown, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
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Crowell & Moring Elects 13 New Partners, Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel, and 19 to Counsel (January 3, 2022)
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