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ROBERT M. FREEDMAN is a Partner of Tharpe & Howell and manages its Commercial Litigation and Transaction Practice at the Los Angeles office. His litigation experience includes Federal and State jury and bench trials, mediations, arbitrations, class-actions, administrative proceedings and appeals.


    • Residential, Commercial and Public Works Real Estate and Construction Litigation: catastrophic losses, personal injury, property damage, design and construction defects, economic damages, transactions, design professionals, development, surety, foreclosures, contract disputes, lending practices, homeowners’ associations, premises liability, affordable housing, environmental, ADA, and condemnation.

    • Insurance Coverage Litigation: first party and liability claims; breach of contract and bad faith, indemnity and contribution, subrogation, intervention, additional insured endorsements, surety bonds, failure to procure, business interruption, and insurance agency E&O.

    • Business Litigation: products liability, breach of contract, labor and employment, business transactions, business entities, administrative proceedings, unfair competition, trade secrets, copy rights and trademarks, partnership / joint ventures, information technology, online sales and marketing, vendor/ supplier disputes, and commercial matters in China, Mid-East, Europe and Mexico.

    • Commercial Transactions: strategic business planning; negotiation and documentation for licensing agreements, employment contracts, partnership agreements, trade secrets, confidentiality and non-competition agreements, copyrights and trademarks, asset sales and mergers, online sales and affiliate relationships, real estate transactions, and construction contracts.

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution: certified mediator using “neutral-legal” analytical approach; developed ADR solutions for high-profile catastrophic loss cases such as Northridge Meadows Apartment collapse and Shore Cliffs landslide litigation.

    • General Counsel: Consulting general counsel for small and medium companies involved in real estate, construction, internet marketing, health and beauty products, nutraceuticals, pipeline corrosion products, eye wear and accessories, furniture, clothing, hospitality, studio production and broadcasting, insurance brokers, legal services, staffing, consumer and industrial product manufacturers and distributors, advertising and public relations.

    • Education and Legal Experience: 1989 to Present – partner with Tharpe and Howell. Licensed to practice in California, Washington State, and District of Columbia. Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Nevada, Illinois, New York and Florida. Bachelor of Science from Golden West University in 1978. Juris Doctor Degree in 1980. National awards in Corporation and Civil Procedure.

    • Business Experience: 1977 to 1989 – President of Austin Merle Company, nationwide distributor of consumer products, and Product Development Services, company specializing in design and development of consumer and industrial products and services.

  • Other Professional Interests: China business litigation; Author and speaker on legal topics; development of litigation management programs; participant in local ADR, land-use and business development associations.



Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    28 years, 500 cases
  2. Business: 40%
    28 years, 500 cases



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Tharpe and Howell

15250 Ventura Bl
Los Angeles, CA, 91403-3201


DCInactive 200411/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Claims Litigation ManagementCLM2012
Corporations and Civil ProcedureBancroft Whitney National AwardsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Offices of Tharpe and Howell1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
MC Consultants Construction Litigation SeminarsBoard of AdvisorsN/A
Construction Defect Claims & CoverageN/AN/A
CLM AllianceN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Callan v. Seaview EstatesSettlement
Senior Citizens v. WaltonSettled
City & County of San Francisco v. Competent BuildersSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tharpe & Howell, LLPManual for Handling and Investigating Earthquake ClaimsN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPWhite Paper on Trademark and Copyright BasicsN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPFundamentals of California Corporate EntitiesN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPStandardizing Expert ReportingN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPStrategizing MeditationsN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPNew Developments/Strategies – Mediating Construction CasesN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPGuide to New California Construction Laws including SB800N/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPWhite Paper on Use of Extrapolation for Structural Engineering in LitigationN/A
Tharpe & Howell, LLPRisk Transfer Using Express Indemnity and Additional Insured EndorsementsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden West University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
West Coast Casualty Construction Litigation SeminarFuture of Construction Litigation2011
PrivateConstruction insurance2011
PrivateInsurance agents and brokers certification training2011