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John Hale Freeland

Business Attorney at Oxford, MS

4.9   15 reviews

also known as Hale Freeland

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 32 years
    Mississippi - MS 37 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

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I grew up in Oxford MS. Went to Ole Miss as an undergraduate studying history, served in the Navy in Newport, RI, NY City and eventually Norfolk, VA where I was assigned as Gunnery Officer onboard the USS Ainsworth (FF1090). While onboard the Ainsworth traveled to Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle East. Returned to Ole Miss to law school, after which I worked for the MS Supreme Court and Federal District Court. I have practiced primarily business estate and elder law in North MS and Western Tennessee since leaving the court system in 1987. Married to Cynthia Freeland, CCRN. We have two adult children, Catherine, lives in Philadelphia, PN works for the Hepitius B Foundation and Jason is a SSGT in the Air Force. We like outdoor activities in the mountains or ocean, particularly sailing & good food. We are active in the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, teach an adult bible study and I am a Rotarian.


Freeland, Martz, P.L.L.C.
302 Enterprise Drive, Suite A
Oxford, MS, 38655


4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Craig | August 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Freeland & Martz is a Five Star Law Firm
I recommend anyone needing an attorney for civil litigation or estate planning to contact Mr. Hale Freeland or Mrs. Beth Smith at Freeland & Martz. Their litigation knowledge of estate planning and state laws are second to none. Their expertise in court are professional, knowledgeable, and can be a "Fighting Tiger" for your best interest. They are honest, compassionate, and caring. When Mr. Freeland or Mrs. Smith is on your case, you can count on the utmost professionalism and legal representation you can receive. They take the time to get to know you and your family. Most importantly, they are active listeners to your every need. Hale Freeland and his team at Freeland & Martz are professional, courteous, and compassionate. I receive immediate follow-up to all questions and concerns. My family and I rate Freeland & Martz as a Five Star Law Firm. Hale Freeland is our families attorney. And, over the last three years, Hale Freeland, Beth Smith and the team at Freeland & Martz have become part of our family. Hale and Beth, thank you both for assisting my family during this stressful time. Sincerely, Craig J. Cheatham
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Posted by Susan | October 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Hale Freeland
Mr. Freeland assisted my 90 year old Father with respect and kindness. Mr. Freeland's wisdom and knowledge helped our family during a difficult time.
Posted by scott | April 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I had a bad exsperience with a dealership that lied to me and tried to use the distric attorney's office in a attempt to exstort money from me. Where no other attorney would take a case such as this. I found Mr Freeland a man of great honor and integrity. He manage to keep me from being arrested and losing a great deal of money to the dealership. in a time where nothing was what it seemed and I found myself being lied to. it was refreshing to have someone who shared the same values as u share. I would recommend Hale Freeland to anyone.
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Posted by Jan | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
We are grateful to Hale Freeland
Hale Freeland handled my father's estate. Dad had completed his will with Hale years ago and when he died I (as executor) contacted Hale to advise us on selling Dad's property and completing all remaining legal matters. Having a parent die is very difficult of course, and what I learned working with Hale is that having an empathetic, knowledgeable and committed attorney to help out makes all the difference in the world. Hale was all that and more. He has been a blessing to our family and we are grateful for his help and support.
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Posted by Don Brown | January 28, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
My sister and I needed some guidance regarding directions and actions to take following the recent death of our mother. Our parents had made decisions a number of years ago regarding their wishes. Having never had to deal with this type of situation, we were unsure of our responsibilities. Mr. Freeland was very helpful and gave us valuable information and direction. His advice gave us peace of mind and helped us move on. He was recommended by a friend and I would recommend him to others in our situation.
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Posted by Sandra | January 16, 2016
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Sandra, Stated Clerk Independence Presbyterian Church
Hale was very professional and kept us updated on the progress of an estate matter. He went over and beyond his duty. He met with the session five times at the church to let us know of the progress of the estate. We were very pleased with the results and would use him again.
Posted by Rob | September 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Integrity and Fairness
Hale Freeland recently helped me deal with one of life's unfortunate certainties - the death of my mother. As tough as everything was, I was very comforted by the fact that I had someone like Hale to deal with all the business of the estate and probate. Hale is dependable, fair, and always acts with integrity - and you absolutely cannot overstate the value of this. The billing was very reasonable and Hale and his associates at Freeland Martz were always quick to respond to my "dumb questions". I would recommend Hale to anyone thinking of doing estate planning, probate, etc. without hesitation.
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Posted by Clara Faye | September 11, 2015
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Hale Freeland's Knowledge is ledgenary In MS and Tenn
Atty Freeland is knowledgable in all area's of the law. He know what to do and whom to contact and what works for your goals. He represents you in whatever your needs my be. I have been fortunate in having him represent me in two different areas and he is amazing. I will hire him again if need be. I believe he is the most knowledable attorney in MS.
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Posted by Rose | July 6, 2015
The good lawyer
I have been a client of Mr. Hale Freeland long enough to have a good sense of his personal and professional integrity / constitution. I have worked with him on a variety of needs that required the expertise of a legal counselor. I have found in Mr. Freeland a very sensitive, humanitarian approach to handling my personal legal issues that at times were emotionally overwhelming for me. Mr. Freeland consistently kept me updated on the procedural process and progress of the situations and gave me a sense of confidence that he truly had my best interest at the heart of the legal matters. He gave me detailed explanations of procedures whereby at times I lacked understanding of what and how the legal process unfolds. I have found in working with Mr. Freeland that his approach is holistic, not a 'one size fits all' approach to matters relevant to my specific concerns. The initial contact with a lawyer is of utmost importance in recognizing if that person is the right person for you and has similar demeanor in approach to matters and has the competance of knowledge when encountering difficult issues that need a sensitive handling. That 'feeling' / 'evaluation' will be different for everyone, as we all have different expectations of outcomes and how we deal with difficult encounters, but that initial gut feeling about the person you will be placing your trust in should be paid attention to. I have felt that the legal issues that i have placed in Mr. Freeland's care have been handled with professional competence and sensitivity to the processes involved. Mr. Freeland cares deeply about his work and he demonstrates a selfless confidence and dignity to his profession of the law and the clients in his care.
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Posted by Elizabeth | June 15, 2015
Hale Freeland - An Exceptional Attorney
I have known John Hale Freeland for about five years. He has handled two legal issues in Mississippi for my siblings and me. The first case was a dispute regarding a parcel of land that had belonged to our father and mother and of which our uncle had bought our father's portion of the land. Actually, my uncle thought he owned all of the land, but in reality he owned half - the other half belonging to my siblings and me through inheritance from our mother. Our uncle, being convinced he owned the whole parcel, would not acknowledge otherwise. We had to resort to suing him to clear the matter. Since my siblings and I live thousands of miles from Mississippi, we looked at Martindale and chose Jphn Hale Freeland. Over the past years, we have thanked our lucky stars that we chose Mr. Freeland, and all three siblings feel that Mr. Freeland is "our hero". Over the two year span of this case, Mr. Freeland demonstrated his skills multiple times in multiple ways. His research for our case was thorough, accurate, and impeccable, and his interpretation of all the research was logical, methodical, and accurate. I really appreciated his logical thinking skills since I am an educator and logical thinking is one of the content areas in my classes, His solutions for the problems as they arose were reasonable, fair to all concerned, and were always absolutely honest and followed the law. In addition, his demeanor when obtaining a deposition from our uncle, who was quite difficult sometimes, was respectful and considerate. We really admired and appreciated that. Mr Freeland kept us informed every step of the way. In the end, we won our case and could feel that it was equitable, just, and had been done with dignity and honor throughout. At the present time, Mr. Freeland is our representative as heirs for an estate in Mississippi. Even though we are still thousands of miles away, we have no worries or concerns about our rights and obligations. We are confident that Mr. Freeland has everything in hand. Mr. Freeland has always been absolutely far above the average about communicating with my siblings and me and has been very accessible to us. I have the highest esteem and regard for Mr. Freeland, as do my siblings. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his law offices to anyone. Mr. Freeland is indeed a credit to his profession.
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Posted by Charles | June 4, 2015
Knowledgeable and Trustworthy
I have worked with Hale for several years, and he knows exactly how to handle a wide variety of issues. You can count on him to do the right thing for his clients, and lead you in the right direction for all of your needs. He is very easy to talk to and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure everything is done correctly for his clients. You can feel comfortable with Hale as your attorney.
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Posted by Taylor | September 25, 2014
Complex Banking Issue
Hale Freeland and his staff have gone overboard in their attempt to solve some very complicated issues. Their knowledge, preparation and attention to detail cannot be matched. They keep you involved and value your input. Most of all, they care about their clients.
Posted by Suzanne | August 25, 2014
Very satisfied
Hale was highly recommended and I'm glad I chose him to oversee my trust account. In addition to the points above, Hale was approachable, available, and timely with all my needs. Thank you!
Posted by Jill | March 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Estate matters
Our family retained Mr. Freeland to assist us in the closing of our father's estate. Along with the necessary documents and court filings, he and his courteous staff provided guidance and advice which were essential to making this a smooth process.
Posted by Bridgette | February 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable and knowledgeable
I needed someone I could trust since I don't live in Mississippi, Hale was the exact person I was looking for. He impressed me from the moment I talked to him about my case. In our conversations, he never said we "can't" or "I don't know." He was confident about my case from the very beginning and he got the job done.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 230-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Freeland Martz, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Associate then shareholder
  • Markow Walker, PLLC
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Associate,then Partner
  • Freeland & Freeland Lawyers
  • 1989 - 1995


  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Mississippi
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Freeland relieves victims of $5,748,785.35 in wrongful debt
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 11 plan confirmed releiving debt and paying unsecured credtors 14%
  • Freeland Martz Negotiates a Reduction for Bank’s claim against client by $226,223.62
  • Reduced client liabilty by $226,223.62
  • Freeland Martz Negotiates a Reduction for Bank’s claim against client by $226,223.62
  • Reduced client liabilty by $226,223.62
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  • National Academy of Elder Attorneys, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Judge William C. Keady Inn
  • Barrister
  • 1985 - Present
  • Mississippi Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Executive Committee
  • 1994 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Four Avenues of Service
  • Oxford Rotary Club
  • 2001
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • 1996


  • The Mississippi Lawyer
  • Overreaching and The Elderly
  • 2009
  • The Mississippi Lawyer
  • Identifying Conflicts Before They Identify You
  • 2002
  • The Mississippi Lawyer
  • Competition and the Changing Climate of the Legal Profession
  • 1999
  • The Mississippi Lawyer
  • Credibility and the Limits of Zealous Advocacy: The Prohibition Against Ex-Parte' Communications
  • 1999
  • The Mississippi Lawyer
  • Fertile Soil, Why Mississippi Lawyers Write
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual First Circuit Continuing Education
  • The Use and Abuse of Powers of Attorney
  • 2018
  • University of Mississippi School of law, elder law seminar
  • Facing the challenges of an elder law practice; the family, the care, the conflict and the money
  • 2016
  • 2015 Elder Law Conference
  • Overreaching & the Elderly
  • 2015
  • Division of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia
  • Legal issues of person with Diminsihed capacity
  • 2010
  • “Ethics at the End of Life” Seminar
  • Whose “Will” Should be Carried Out Alzheimer’s, Competency and Autonomy
  • 2009
  • University of Mississippi Law Related Education Seminar
  • Overreaching and The Elderly
  • 2009
  • Tapestry
  • Using Wisdom with Your Wealth
  • 2008
  • Law Week Continuing Education Program
  • Identifying Conflicts Before They Identify You
  • 2002
  • Regional Continuing Education Seminar
  • Credibility and the Limits of Zealous Advocacy: The Prohibition Against Ex-Parte' Communications
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse John
Probate Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Freeland has a demonstrated ability to successfully handle complex cases while treating his clients well and maintainig his professional demeanor. It is with pleasure that I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best to recover for fiduciary misconduct"
Business Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Hale currently represents a client who had multiple business entities all tied together with personal guarantees and all of which are in Chapter 11 Bankruptcies. Hale has sued multiple Banks in both District and Bankruptcy Court. The organizational and legal skills involved in navigating both systems has been impressive."
Probate Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hale is a great attorney and knows the law well. He does not hesitate in being a strong advocate for his clients."
Probate Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.."
Business Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the privilege of knowing Hale for more than 35 years and I find him to be a person of utmost integrity and ability."
Business Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Hale for many years and have found him to be a very aggressive advocate for his clients. Being licensed in both TN and MS allows him to serve more clients than most attorneys. There's not much Hale hasn't or can't handle."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been the opposing attorney in multiple cases with Mr. Freeland and have worked with him as co-counsel in others. Some of the cases have extremely complex and Hale has always shown the ability to understand the issues and represent his clients effectively. Any one in North Mississippi that need representation in the areas of practice that he handles would be well served by choosing him as his/her attorney."
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Oxford Business Lawyer John Hale Freeland
John Hale Freeland
Business Attorney
Oxford, MS
Licensed for 37 years