Louis J. Freeh


New York, NY
Phone: 212.808.2720    Fax: 212.286.9806


Louis J. Freeh is a partner and immediate past chair of the Executive Committee of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

In 2007, Mr. Freeh founded Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm, and the consulting firm Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, of which he is chairman.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College in 1971, Rutgers School of Law in 1974 and New York University School of Law in 1984 (L.L.M). Mr. Freeh joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in 1975, and was assigned to the New York City Field Division, and later at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Freeh served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.

In 1981, Mr. Freeh joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an assistant U.S. Attorney, later serving as associate and deputy U.S. Attorney. In 1991, Mr. Freeh was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a U.S. district court judge for the Southern District of New York.

In 1993, President William J. Clinton appointed Judge Freeh as the fifth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2001, Mr. Freeh joined MBNA America Bank in Delaware as vice chairman and general counsel.

Mr. Freeh is an advisor to Millennium Partners, L.P. and also a board member of the US Naval Academy Foundation and the Max Planck Florida Institute. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Freeh was a member of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company board of directors, where he chaired the Governance Committee.

Mr. Freeh and his wife, Marilyn, have six sons.


  • LL.M., Criminal Law, New York University School of Law, 1984
  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 1971, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey

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