Jonathan M. Freiman focuses his litigation practice on appellate matters and complex cases including transnational disputes, class actions and disputes over art. He serves as Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Appellate and Complex Legal Issues practice group Co-chair of the firm's Art & Museum Law practice group.
Cases include an appeal involving a Nobel Prize winner's claim to ownership of a patent, defense of a foreign sovereign's claim to ancient artifacts, a dispute over the ownership of a Van Gogh painting, interrelated cases arising out of the Madoff fraud, and overturning a decision in a multinational reinsurance dispute.
Selected for inclusion in the last five editions of Best Lawyers in America, he has received Yale Law School's Albom Award plus awards from the Florida Supreme Court, Cuban-American Bar Association, Connecticut Law Trib. and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association.
He has published "Expert Commentary" on constitutional cases for Lexis-Nexis and has written on treaty-based arbitration in the National L.J., on state Supreme Court case law for the Connecticut Law Trib., and for several law reviews. His media appearances have included NPR, PBS, BBC, and the N.Y. Times, and he has spoken on legal issues in Europe, Canada and the U.S., at venues including the Federalist Society and a U.N. Expert Roundtable.
Jonathan founded the National Litigation Project at Yale Law School in 2002 with Harold Koh and directed its work for several years.