Mr. Freiwald has handled cases involving a wide variety of issues, including environmental contamination and toxic exposure (such as chemical or radiation exposure); brain cancer and brain injury cases; health care related injuries, such as surgical malpractice, birth injury, prescription drug errors; catastrophic injuries to children; consumer fraud; civil rights violations and employment disputes; construction accidents; defective products; and catastrophic injuries from truck, bus and train accidents.
Recently, Mr. Freiwald achieved a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a group of 33 individuals who are part of a brain tumor cluster in Northern Illinois. The case involved allegations that a major chemical company’s past chemical waste dumping practices causes air and groundwater contamination with a deadly, cancer-causing chemical. The case is believed to be the largest brain cancer cluster litigation ever documented. Mr. Freiwald also recently settled claims involving employment-related chemical exposures that resulted in a large brain cancer at a chemical research facility.
Mr. Freiwald’s trial work has yielded significant trial verdicts for his clients. These include:
- a $6.4 million verdict in Pittsburgh on behalf of the estate of a 19-year old boy who died because of inadequate monitoring while on the anti-convulsant medication, Depakote;
- a $4.5 million verdict in a case where the surgeon operated on the wrong kidney and where the patient then died;
- a $6.33 million verdict in Philadelphia on behalf of the estate of a 13-month old boy who died of bacterial meningitis; and
- a $4 million verdict on behalf of a 36-year old mother of three who died of a pulmonary embolism following routine knee surgery.
Mr. Freiwald’s practice headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he has handled complex, civil cases and trials in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Florida and Ohio. He is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, The American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Freiwald holds an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating. Mr. Freiwald has been recognized repeatedly by his peers as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.” In 2006, Mr. Freiwald was invited to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Trial Counsel. In 2007, Lawdragon Publications named Mr. Freiwald to its list of the 500 leading plaintiff’s lawyers in America and, more recently, Lawdragon named him one of the top all-around lawyers in America.
Mr. Freiwald, originally from San Francisco, graduated from Columbia College in New York and was an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Freiwald worked as an investigative print and television journalist covering law and politics in Washington, D.C., New York, Latin America and in Europe. He worked as a foreign correspondent based in Mexico, covering Central America, and later in Paris, France. During his investigative reporting career, Mr. Freiwald also wrote articles on the nuclear power industry, nuclear weapons contamination and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Mr. Freiwald was the Editorial Director for The American Lawyer/Time Warner helping manage the launch of the ground-breaking reality TV network, Court TV. In 1994, Mr. Freiwald published the critically acclaimed book, The Last Nazi (W.W. Norton), which is a history of the Nazi war crimes trials in Germany and the story of the life and trial of SS Commander Josef Schwammberger, one of the last major Nazi figures ever to stand trial.
Mr. Freiwald has lectured in continuing education courses for attorneys on such topics as use of expert witnesses in litigation, issues in prescription drug litigation, and pitfalls of releases and other settlement contracts.
Mr. Freiwald has three daughters.
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