Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Marymount University, 2000
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Stephen R. Freeland

Counsel

Steve Freeland is a member of the firm's national Advertising and Marketing Practice. He focuses on solving complex litigation challenges that businesses face in the areas of advertising, consumer protection, telemarketing, telecommunications, intellectual property, and antitrust in both business-to-business disputes and consumer class actions. He has represented major consumer product companies, retailers, online merchants and service providers, affiliate marketers, telecommunications companies, fundraisers, companies in the automotive industry, pharmaceutical companies, and trade associations.

Steve has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country and before the Federal Communications Commission and the International Trade Commission. He has also represented companies involved in consumer protection and antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

Steve also provides ongoing counsel to numerous clients in the areas of website advertising, testimonials, terms and conditions, and privacy policies, and compliance with the Restore Online Shoppers Confidence Act (ROSCA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), and state telemarketing laws.

Steve is also a frequent presenter and blogger on the TCPA and TSR.

Steve graduated magna cum laude from George Mason School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Marymount University.

Significant Matters

  • Spiegel v. Associated Community Services, Inc., No. 1:15-cv-08504 (N.D. Ill.).
    Obtained precedent-setting summary judgment in favor of defendant-telemarketer for charities in putative national class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging violations of the TCPA's Do-Not-Call provisions and testing the boundaries of the TCPA's "nonprofit exemption" to liability.
  • Ongoing defense of online service provider in enforcement action brought by Federal Trade Commission under Section 5 of the FTC Act and ROSCA (S.D. Fla.).
  • Ongoing defense of several energy supply companies in separate consumer class actions pending in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania federal courts, alleging violations of state consumer protection and false advertising laws arising out of the suppliers' respective variable-rate advertising and marketing practices.
  • Ongoing representation of plaintiff education network in trademark infringement suit against competitor (N.D. Ga.); obtained permanent injunction against defendants.
  • Ongoing representation of rural telecommunications company in administrative actions before the FCC and in an APA challenge in the D.C. Circuit concerning Universal Service Funds and NECA payments.
  • Ongoing representation of individual defendant in TCPA class action (E.D. Mo.; 8 Cir.).
  • Represented plaintiff licensing association in copyright infringement action (E.D. Va.).
  • Represented plaintiff engine brake manufacturer in trade secret misappropriation case concerning engine brake technology provided to Chinese competitor. Case settled favorably for plaintiff; defendant assigned his U.S. patents concerning the technology in dispute to plaintiff as part of settlement (M.D.N.C. 2015).
  • Represented defendant CLEC in successful defense against a patent infringement suit, including defeating motion for preliminary injunction and obtaining a judgment of invalidity of the patent. An award of summary judgment was affirmed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (N.D. Ill. 2012).
  • Represented industry trade association in defense against putative nationwide federal antitrust class actions consolidated through the MDL panel; case settled on terms favorable to trade association (N.D. Ill. 2014).
  • Represented manufacturer of generic antiviral in defense against patent infringement suit filed by competitor (E.D. Va.).
  • Represented reseller of ID scanning equipment and related software solutions in defense against patent infringement action (W.D. Wash.)
  • Represented major consumer product retailer in defense against trademark and patent infringement suit concerning propane grills (N.D. Ill. 2013).