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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


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Litigation & Trial

Environment and Natural Resources

Government Contracts

Environmental, Social, and Governance


Supply Chain Management

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Supply Chain Security and Risk Management

Environmental Justice

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"Biden Administration Announces Significant Funding Initiative for Decarbonization Projects," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 13, 2023). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell Represents Aerial Armor in Sale to Dedrone Holdings Inc. (January 10, 2023)
Firm News / Announcement
"FAR Council Delivers Last-Minute Holiday Gift by Extending the Comment Period on Proposed Rule Imposing Mandatory Climate Disclosures for Federal Contractors," Government Contracts Bullet Points (December 23, 2022). Contacts: Elizabeth B. Dawson, Peter Eyre, Paul Freeman, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New Proposed FAR Rule: Climate Disclosures and More for Federal Contractors," (December 12, 2022). Speakers: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, and Issac D. Schabes.
"Your Climate Disclosures or Your Contracts? Federal Contractors Face Unprecedented Proposed Rule for Mandatory Climate Disclosures," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 11, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Federal Government Seeks Low Carb(on) Diet for Most Construction Materials," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 7, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Further Federal Action on Government-Wide Sustainability Goals," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 7, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"GSA Exploring New Regulations to Reduce Single-Use Plastic in Federal Procurement," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 13, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"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.

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