Velvel (Devin) Freedman
Areas of Practice
Columbia Law School, J.D., 2012; James Kent Scholar; Staff Editor, Columbia Journal of Tax Law
Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College, B.A., Hebrew Letters (Rabbinical), 2009; Rabbinical Ordination (Smicha)
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals: Eleventh and Ninth Circuits
United States District Courts: Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida
Velvel’s practice is focused on high-risk commercial litigation, consumer class actions, and international and domestic arbitration. His clients value his responsiveness, creative solutions to complex problems, and ability to achieve successful outcomes while balancing the needs of running a business.
Velvel has worked on a broad spectrum of significant matters. He is currently leading the defense of multiple consumer class arbitrations with parallel litigation in the federal District and Circuit Courts. He is also representing the heirs of a holocaust survivor to recover a Camille Pissarro masterpiece expropriated by the Nazis. Recently, Velvel defended a major e-commerce firm from a large lawsuit by filing a counterclaim and successfully recovering a substantial sum.
Before attending law school Velvel was ordained as a Rabbi.
Representative prior and current engagements include the following:
- Currently defending a charitable foundation against a campaign of complex probate and civil litigation
- Currently represents Phillip Morris USA in numerous actions around the State of Florida against claims for injuries allegedly caused by smoking cigarettes
- Led team that successfully defended a major e-commerce firm from a potentially detrimental government investigation
- Helped coordinate the protection of sovereign assets from execution efforts in multiple international jurisdictions, including The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Turkey
- Defended sovereign from a $2b ICSID arbitration claim relating to the alleged expropriation of a telecommunications company
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Achieved highest score on Florida Bar examination, 3rd DCA, July 2012
The Shul of Bal Harbour, executive committee
Seminars and Speaking Engagements
Induction Ceremony at Third District Court of Appeal (2012)
Judicial Intern for the Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, Eastern District of New York, 2010