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Richard D. Freer

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Business Associations


Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation


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 ten 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 a visiting professor at George Washington University, Central European University in Budapest, Moscow State University in Russia, the University of Warsaw in Poland, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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. He serves on the UC San Diego Athletics Advisory Board.

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