Mark Freel, a litigation partner in Edwards Wildman's Providence office, will be the recipient of the William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award, presented by the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This award is bestowed on an individual who has fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Freel will be honored at the ACLU's annual dinner on November 8. The namesake of the award, McLoughlin, was a former chair of the Rhode Island ACLU, a prominent historian and member of Brown University's faculty.
Freel is an experienced litigator who has handled shareholder disputes in closely held corporations, construction and real estate disputes, cases involving unfair competition, trade secrets and covenants not to compete, employment litigation and probate and family business disputes. He frequently represents and advises manufacturers on issues concerning the protection of their intellectual property and proprietary business information, and in product liability actions involving a wide variety of products. Freel has served as lead counsel in numerous cases involving constitutional and civil rights, including First Amendment rights and section 1983 claims.
A member of the bar in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, Freel earned his undergraduate and master degrees from the University of New Hampshire and his law degree from the University of Connecticut. He is admitted before the US District Courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as the 1st, 2nd and Federal Circuits of the US Court of Appeals.