Richard Freeman

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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El Camino Real 12275
San Diego 92130 CA US

Richard M. Freeman is a partner in the Real Estate, Construction and Land Use Litigation Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office. Mr. Freeman serves as Team Leader of the Tribal and Indian Law Team. Mr. Freeman specializes in business related matters, with a heavy emphasis on Indian and Tribal law, including contract and litigation issues, as well as real estate and construction litigation and labor and employment matters.

Mr. Freeman’s Indian Law practice includes matters involving sovereign immunity, commercial leases, Indian water rights, the Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act, Tribal Compacts, Tribal contracts, Indian Tax issues, Indian environmental regulatory and compliance issues, and labor and employment issues on tribal lands.

Mr. Freeman represents numerous non-Native commercial enterprises that deal with Indian Tribes including loans, leases, service agreements, medical facilities, and technology agreements, transfers and protections. He also is outside counsel to Tribes and their economic development entities relative to a variety of business ventures. He is well versed in corporate structuring in Indian Country.

Mr. Freeman’s litigation experience includes numerous state and federal court jury trials, injunctions, arbitrations, class actions and administrative trials. Mr. Freeman has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a number of occasions, the California Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Freeman has been litigating real estate and construction disputes for over 40 years. This litigation has taken the form as first chair in more than 10 jury trials of over two weeks in length (with more than a 90% success rate); dozens of judge trials; and dozens of arbitrations. Mr. Freeman has represented large landowners, landlords against corporate tenants and has represented corporate tenants against corporate landlords.

He has also represented numerous owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in construction disputes. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Lawyers. He has spoken before national attorney groups on a variety of subjects including Indian law issues, trial issues and employment issues.


  • J.D., Duke University, 1974, with distinction
  • B.A., Claremont Men’s College, 1970, with honors


  • Member, Board of Directors, San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers


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