P. Michael Freed

Partner

Atlanta, GA
D 678-996-9081
[email protected]

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2006
  • Goshen College, Bachelor of Arts, 1998

Interdisciplinary Teams

Products Liability

Overview

Michael Freed is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Atlanta office. Mr. Freed focuses his practice primarily on appellate advocacy.  Mr. Freed has handled appeals in state and federal appellate courts throughout the country involving a wide variety of matters, including product liability, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, employment, and commercial disputes. 

Mr. Freed also has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal trial courts.  He has defended manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of automobiles, golf cars, tires, watercraft, recreational vehicles, bicycles, industrial machinery, lithium-ion batteries, and other products in product liability cases alleging wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.  Mr. Freed has represented clients in premises liability, medical malpractice, general liability, and insurance coverage matters. Finally, he represents companies of all sizes in commercial litigation, including breach of contract and business tort cases.

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Bar Admissions

Georgia

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Publications & Engagements
  • “Ethical Issues and Alternative Fee Arrangements,” New York State Bar Association Journal, Vol. 85, No. 4, May 2012
  • “A Roadmap for Determining Coverage for Construction Defect Claims in New York,” LexisNexis, April 23, 2012
  • “GEORGIA LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW,” First ed. 2011, contributor
  • “GEORGIA GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE,” First ed. 2010, contributor
  • “CHAPTER 6: CHOICE OF LAW,” New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, 2009
  • “Limitations on Punitive Damages Since State Farm v. Campbell: Lessons for Insurers,” Journal on Insurance Issues, Vol. 6, #4, May 2009
Representative Cases & Clients

Ljuca v. Superior Interiors & Decks, Inc. – Georgia Court of Appeals (not reported, July 19, 2021) – Wrote winning brief for appellant affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment.

Painter v. Hyundai, (N.D. Ga) – Obtained dismissal of product distributor in product liability case.

Flavin v. Club Car, LLC, (Superior Court of Maricopa Count, AZ, 2020) – Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict in two-week product liability trial involving a golf car rollover that rendered plaintiff a quadriplegic.

Causey v. Yamaha, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 233424 (N.D. Ga, Sept. 28, 2018) – Won summary judgment in favor of product distributor in wrongful death product liability case.

Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Smith, 574, 798 S.E.2d 93, 94 (2017) – Wrote brief for appellee affirming in part trial court’s denial of appellant’s motion for summary judgment in insurance coverage case.

St. Simons Waterfront, LLC v. Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C., 293 Ga. 419, 419, 746 S.E.2d 98, 102 (2013) – Drafted amicus curiae brief in support of defendant in seminal case dealing with the application of the attorney-client privilege to communications between lawyers and their firms’ in-house counsel regarding the representation of a firm clients.

Evans Cabinet Corp. v. Kitchen Int’l, Inc., 593 F.3d 135, 137 (1st Cir. 2010) – Wrote winning brief for appellant reversing trial court’s grant of summary judgment to appellee in breach of contract case.

Affiliations

State Bar of Georgia

Awards and Recognition

Georgia Rising Star, 2010

Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “Cross-Examination of Experts,” Georgia Premises Liability CLE, October 9, 2015
  • “Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims for New Lawyers,” Georgia Beginning Lawyers Program, February 22, 2016
  • “Use of Experts in Product Liability Cases.” Georgia Product Liability CLE, February 24, 2016
  • “Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims for New Lawyers,” Georgia Beginning Lawyers Program, February 23, 2015
  • “Trends in Product Liability Litigation” Charlotte, NC, January 6, 2015
  • “Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims for New Lawyers,” Georgia Beginning Lawyers Program, February 24, 2014
  • “How to Avoid Legal Malpractice and Legal Malpractice Claims,” Georgia Beginning Lawyers Program, February 25, 2013
  • “Challenges Facing Lawyers,” Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association, February 13, 2013
  • “10 Steps for Avoiding Legal Malpractice,” Carlson on Evidence CLE, December 20, 2012
  • “Balancing Advocacy and Professionalism in Light of Evanoff v. Evanoff,” Georgia Family Law Institute CLE, May 26, 2012
  • “Legal Malpractice: Making Sure You’re Covered and Mitigating Exposure,” Malpractice, Ethics, and Professionalism CLE, September 2011