Jeffrey R. Freund
Jeff Freund is a member of the firm and has been since 1981 when VanArkel, Kaiser and Rosenberg, the firm with which he had been practicing since 1977, merged with Bredhoff, Gottesman, Cohen, Chanin, Weinberg and Petramalo to form Bredhoff & Kaiser. Over the past 30 years, Jeff has represented international and local unions in the entertainment, baking, airline, hospitality, newspaper, construction, steel, rail, bus and service industries in negotiations, litigation (both trial and appellate and before courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators) and as general counsel. Jeff is currently the General Counsel of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and the American Federation of Musicians.
As the AFM’s General Counsel, he is the chief spokesman in national collective bargaining with the motion picture, network television, record, traveling Broadway musical and advertising industries, among others. In addition, Jeff has an extensive practice representing pilot groups in connection with airline mergers, and representing unions of all kinds in connection with internal matters – elections, mergers, trusteeships, discipline and related events.
Jeff received his BA with honors from Northwestern University in 1967 and his JD from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1970, where he was the Executive Editor of the California Law Review. Jeff served as a law clerk to Judge Alphonso Zirpoli of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1970-1971) and then served as Legal Assistant to Commissioner Nicholas Johnson on the Federal Communications Commission (1971-1972). From 1972 to 1977, Jeff worked at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, where he tried dozens of jury cases and argued numerous appeals. In his last year at PDS, Jeff was Training Director, running the new lawyer training program and supervising these new lawyers in their early cases.
Jeff has served as a member of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility (1984-1991), an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School and a member of the Board of Directors of the Visitors Services Center, a District of Columbia non-profit that provides social services to the families of District residents awaiting trial in the DC jail. He is a frequent lecturer on airline industry labor matters, including mergers, bankruptcies and negotiations.
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