Wiggin and Dana Partner, Jonathan Freiman, Named Attorney of the Year by the Connecticut Law Tribune

May 26, 2016

Wiggin and Dana Partner Jonathan Freiman received the Attorney of the Year award from Jeff Forte, Publisher of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

New Haven – Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Partner Jonathan Freiman has been named the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2016 Attorney of the Year. Jonathan was chosen for this honor out of four finalists. The four finalists were chosen from a pool of entries submitted by various law firms, law schools, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. Other candidates were suggested by members of the Connecticut Law Tribune's Editorial Board and considered by our panel of judges. Freiman was honored, in part, for his major insurance law victories last year from coast-to-coast and in Connecticut, as well as his victory on behalf of Yale University in the case involving the disputed van Gogh painting.

"We are extremely proud of Jonathan Freiman for winning this prestigious award," said Paul Hughes, Wiggin and Dana's Managing Partner. "Jonathan has had many notable victories over the past year and we are glad to have his extraordinarily high level of practice recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune naming him their 2016 Attorney of the Year. This is a well-deserved recognition and we congratulate Jonathan and the other 2016 finalists."

Jonathan M. Freiman, Chair of the Appellate and Complex Legal Issues Practice Group, is an experienced litigator representing companies, foundations, universities, individuals and sovereign nations in complex disputes.

Major appellate victories in 2015 include a reversal in a much-watched California Supreme Court case, reinstating a $13.5 million claim; a reversal in the Connecticut Supreme Court, knocking out a $35 million judgment – believed to be the largest class action judgment ever reversed in the state; and a reversal in the federal Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, reinstating a $10 million suit.

He has represented clients in a variety of art litigation matters, including the defense of title to one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings against a claim that Russia nationalized it in violation of international law; representation of a museum in a dispute over Incan artifacts claimed by a Latin American nation; and representation of investors in an art investment fund. He also advises clients investigating, or seeking to amicably resolve, claims involving provenance, chain of title, export, and cultural property.

Mr. Freiman has lectured in Europe, Canada and the United States, at venues including the Federalist Society and a United Nations Expert Roundtable. He co-founded the National Litigation Project (NLP) of the Allard K. Lowenstein Clinic at Yale Law School in 2002, teaching at Yale for five years while directing the NLP's litigation work and serving as a senior human rights fellow. In that capacity, he litigated important cases involving the intersection of civil liberties and national security, including the representation of a U.S. citizen seized and detained incommunicado and without charge in a military prison.