David Lynn Freeman – August 27, 1924 – January 24, 2014
Pickens County native David Lynn Freeman’s life spanned 89 years of professional and community service and stewardship. At the time of his death, he was actively engaged in the practice of law at Freeman & Moore, P.C., established in 2011. David Freeman was a partner in the Wyche Law Firm from 1964 to 2011. He began his legal career in 1949, upon graduation from Harvard Law School, joining the firm of Watkins, Vandiver, Freeman & Kirven in Anderson, SC.
David Freeman was elected president of the South Carolina Bar Association in 1971. He served on the American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Education, was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1965, and to the American Law Institute in 1975. For 25 years, David Freeman was selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate and First Amendment Law. He was known nationwide as a First Amendment law expert, and successfully tried many cases defending the freedom of the press. Capping his long and distinguished legal career, he would say one of his most memorable moments as a lawyer was his winning argument before the United States Supreme Court in a landmark business case.
David Freeman's contributions to the legal profession were matched by many years of civic service. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, he served as a Navy officer in the Pacific Theater during WWII. While in Anderson, David Freeman was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as president of the Anderson Rotary Club and the County Community Chest. When he transferred his energies to Greenville 50 years ago, David Freeman was elected president of the Downtown Greenville Rotary Club. He assisted many of Greenville's community and civic associations, including service as president of the Greenville Symphony Association, as chairman of the Professional Division of the United Way, as counsel to the Gateway House, and as a trusted advisor to the Greenville County Museum of Art.
Many will say that David Freeman's most outstanding contribution to the Upstate community began in the 1980s with the envisioning, fundraising and implementation of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
David Freeman said that lawyers over time “become trusted advisers, not just to our clients, but to the community at large. It is in this role that we often find our best chance to make a significant difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.”