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About Me

I am practicing in a family firm that dates back well over a hundred years.  My primary work has been in the courtroom, in both civil and criminal cases, in both federal and state court.  I have extensive extensive experience handling appeals in federal and state court, appealling in dozens of cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in cases before the Sixth Circuit, and the United Sttes Supreme Court.  


I also am a law-related blogger; on my blog,, topics include developments in Mississippi law and legal stories of interest in the region.  Other interests of mine, including southern history, culture, food, and music, also come up regularly.


Our law firm's history includes connections with William Faulkner, whose mentor, Phil Stone, practices in the firm.


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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    33 years, 140 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 27%
    20 years, 12 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 26%
    30 years, 40 cases
  4. Education: 12%
    30 years, 50 cases
  5. Land Use & Zoning: 5%
    25 years, 15 cases



Retainer (Sometimes)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Jordan Matthew Bankhead

    Tom Freeland is a great trial attorney and very good at what he does. I would recommend him for any matter that might go to trial.


    Jordan Bankhead Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Talented attorney.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Box 269
1013 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS, 38655


MSAuthorized to practice law198102/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFreeland & Freeland Lawyers1984 - Present
AssociateFreeland & Gafford, Lawyers1982 - 2010
Law Clerk for Judge Frank McFaddenUnited States District Court, Northern District Alabama1981 - 1982
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Mississippi Innocence ProjectBoard Member2007 - Present
Louisiana Innocence ProjectBoard Member2004 - 2007
Mississippi Capital Resource CenterBoard Chairman1991 - 1994
Mississippi Capital Resource CenterBoard Vice Chairman1988 - 1991
United States Supreme Court Barmember1988 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Fifth Circuit Barmember1982 - Present
Mississippi Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Niedfeldt v. Grand Oaks Communities, LLC, 987 So.2d 1043 (Miss. App. 2008)Plaintiff prevailed on appeal
Campbell v. State, 798 So.2d 524 (Miss. 2001)Defendant prevailed
Neville v. American Republic Ins. Co., 912 F.2d 813 (5th Cir. 1990)Defendant prevailed
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Publication NameTitleDate
Mississippi Law Journal"I Asked for Water, You Gave Me Gasoline" Seeking Education FInance Reform in Mississippi1988
Mississippi Law JournalBad Faith: A Practical Analysis1984
Mississippi LawyerPhil Stone-Faulkner's Mentor and LawyerN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1981
University of MississippiHistory and EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Elder Law ConferenceEthical Issues in Elder Law2007
Elder Law ConferenceEthical Issues in Elder Law2006
Elder Law ConferenceEthical Issues in Elder Law2005
Elder Law ConferenceEthical Issues in Elder Law2004
American Inns of CourtThe United States Supreme Court and Mississippi Death Penalty cases1994
Capital Defense ConferenceCapital Defense Jury Instructions1989
Mississippi Captial Defense ConferenceJury Instructions in Capital Cases1984