Faculty Profiles

Richard D.  Freer

Richard D. Freer

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Business Associations

Curriculum Vitae

Richard D. Freer clerked for a federal district judge and a federal appellate judge before litigating with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Graduating classes at Emory Law have named him Most Outstanding Professor nine times and the Black Law Students Association has named him Professor of the Year five times. He is a recipient of the university’s highest teaching award as well as the university's Scholar/Teacher Award. He has served as visiting professor at George Washington University, Central European University in Budapest, and the University of Warsaw.

Professor Freer is author or co-author of seventeen books. He is the only person to serve as contributing author to both of the standard multivolume treatises on federal jurisdiction and practice: Moore’s Federal Practice and Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including NYU Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and the Texas Law Review. He is a life member of the American Law Institute and an academic fellow of the Pound Institute for Justice. He is a national bar review lecturer on Civil Procedure and Corporations, and lectures annually to tens of thousands of bar candidates and law students. In 2017 he was elected to the UC San Diego Athletics Advisory Board.

Education: JD, UCLA, 1978; BA, UC San Diego, 1975


Hay, Borchers & Freer, Conflict of Laws (Foundation Press 15th ed. 2017)

Doernberg, Freer & Redish, Federal Courts (West Black Letter Series 4th ed. 2017)

Freer & Perdue, Civil Procedure: Cases, Materials, and Questions (Carolina Academic Press 7th ed. 2016)(earlier editions LexisNexis)

Freer, The Law of Corporations (West Nutshell Series 7th ed. 2016)

Epstein, Freer, Roberts & Shepherd, Business Structures (West 4thed. 2015)

Journal Articles

"Exodus From, and Transformation of, American Civil Litigation," 65 Emory Law Journal 1491 (2016)

"Front-Loading, Avoidance, and Other Features of the Recent Supreme Court Class Action Jurisprudence," 48 Akron Law Review. 721 (2015)(invited symposium on development in class action law)

"Some Specific Concerns with the New General Jurisdiction," 14 Nevada Law Journal 1161 (2015) (invited symposium honoring Professor Stephen Subrin)

"Threats to the Role of the Class Action in Private Law Enforcement in the United States," Proceedings of the International Workshop on Law and Politics 263 (2015)

Book Chapters

"Forging American Arbitration Policy: Judicial Interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act," in Resolving International Conflicts (Budapest 2009)

"American and European Approaches to Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet," in Selected Essays on Current Legal Issues (Athens Institute for Education and Research; Athens, Greece) 203 (2007), SSRN Abstract Number 1004887

Opinion and Essay

Analysis: BNSF Ry. Co. v. Tyrell and Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, Emory Law News Center, July 2017


"Three Major Trends in American Company Law," European Association of Law Schools, Warsaw, March 2017

"Ten Months After Spokeo, Where Are We on Standing?," Georgia Bar Section on Privacy and Technology, March 2017

"Exodus and Transformation," Southeastern Association of Law Schools, August 2016