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Thomas Henry Freeland IV

Litigation Attorney at Oxford, MS

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Primarily commercial litigation, representing parties in disputes over business deals and contracts, director and officer litigation, and professional malpractice litigation

    41 years, 140 cases

  2. White collar crime
    Federal and state court criminal defense

    28 years, 12 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense in state and federal court; see also White Collar Crime; death penalty defense

    38 years, 40 cases

  4. Education
    Represents school boards and parents with issues with the schools; took a school finance case to the United States Supreme Court

    38 years, 50 cases

  5. Land use and zoning
    Litigated land use or zoning cases to the Mississippi Supreme Court successfully, representing land owners seeking to protect the value of their land.

    33 years, 15 cases

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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Licensed for 41 years
State MS
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 02/26/2015

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

Contact Thomas

Thomas Henry Freeland IV
Box 269
1013 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS, 38655


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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Freeland & Freeland Lawyers
  • 1984 - Present
  • Associate
  • Freeland & Gafford, Lawyers
  • 1982 - 2010
  • Law Clerk for Judge Frank McFadden
  • United States District Court, Northern District Alabama
  • 1981 - 1982


  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Mississippi
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Campbell v. State, 798 So.2d 524 (Miss. 2001)
  • Defendant prevailed
  • Crase v. Hahn, 754 So.2d 471 (Miss. App. 1999)
  • Directed verdict for defendant affirmed on appeal
  • Griffin v. State, 584 So. 2d 1274 (Miss. 1991)
  • Defendant prevailed
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  • Mississippi Innocence Project
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • member
  • 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Fifth Circuit Bar
  • member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Louisiana Innocence Project
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Mississippi Capital Resource Center
  • Board Chairman
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Mississippi Capital Resource Center
  • Board Vice Chairman
  • 1988 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Mississippi Law Journal
  • "I Asked for Water, You Gave Me Gasoline" Seeking Education FInance Reform in Mississippi
  • 1988
  • Mississippi Law Journal
  • Bad Faith: A Practical Analysis
  • 1984
  • Mississippi Lawyer
  • Phil Stone-Faulkner's Mentor and Lawyer
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Law Conference
  • Ethical Issues in Elder Law
  • 2007
  • Elder Law Conference
  • Ethical Issues in Elder Law
  • 2006
  • Elder Law Conference
  • Ethical Issues in Elder Law
  • 2005
  • Elder Law Conference
  • Ethical Issues in Elder Law
  • 2004
  • American Inns of Court
  • The United States Supreme Court and Mississippi Death Penalty cases
  • 1994
  • Capital Defense Conference
  • Capital Defense Jury Instructions
  • 1989
  • Mississippi Captial Defense Conference
  • Jury Instructions in Capital Cases
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Friend
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Talented attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Tom Freeland on a variety of matters and recommend him highly. In addition to wielding considerable legal skills, Tom is well-rounded and knowledgeable on a variety of interesting topics."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Tom Freeland for over twenty five years. I have worked with him on numerous matters. He is one of the finest attorneys in our state. His legal ability is second to none. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense