Jonathan M. Freiman

Jonathan M. Freiman


Wiggin and Dana LLP

Recognized since 2006

New Haven, Connecticut

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Art Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Appellate Practice
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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.

Contact & Links

Location

  • One Century Tower
    265 Church Street 17th Floor
    New Haven, CT 06510

Education

  • Oberlin College, B.A. , graduated 1987
  • Yale University , J.D., graduated 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut State Bar
  • Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Bar

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Foundation - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society - Member
  • International Bar Association - Committee on Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Wiggin and Dana LLP
Headquarters: New Haven, Connecticut

24 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Appellate Practice, New Haven (2020)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Art Law

Awards:

  • McQuillan Public Service Award from CCDLA
  • Albom Award from Yale Law School
  • Advocacy Award from Conn. Law Tribune

Government of Peru v. Yale

Case involving dispute between Peru and Yale over ownership of Incan artifacts

Padilla v. Hanft

Case involving legality of governmental detention without charge of a citizen seized in a civilian setting in the U.S.

Fenn v. Yale

Appeal involving claims by university that Nobel Prize-winning professor had unlawfully taken rights to a patent.

Sklar v. Connecticut Community Bank

Case seeking to hold custodial bank liable for losses caused by Madoff scheme.

Yale v. Konowaloff

Case involving ownership of Van Gogh''s masterpiece The Night Cafe, which was nationalized from a private collector by the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic.

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