Freedom S.N. Smith concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental insurance coverage, environmental and toxic tort litigation, product liability, asbestos and general business litigation. Freedom has experience litigating claims in both state and federal courts.
Freedom has experience managing environmental liability in business transactions; hiring and working with environmental consultants to achieve client objectives; litigating cases for both public and private clients involving environmental clean-ups under a wide variety of regulatory programs, including CERCLA/SUPERFUND; and handling environmental insurance and coverage claims. She has worked with policyholders, carriers and regulatory agencies in resolving a variety of coverage matters, policyholder disputes, property and casualty coverage issues, insurance recovery, and bad faith actions, as well as co-authoring several environmental law survey article for publication in the Indiana Law Review.
She also has experience representing large manufacturers in product liability actions involving claims of wrongful death, breach of contract and subrogation issues.
Prior to joining Ice Miller LLP in 2005, Freedom served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Andrew S. Effron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. Similarly, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patricia Riley of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Freedom also clerked as a Honors Law Clerk for the Washington, D.C. office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel—Solid Waste and Emergency Response Law Office in 2003, and served as a legal clerk in the appellate section of the U.S. Attorneys Office in 2002.
Freedom graduated, cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2001, and was a managing editor for the Indiana Law Journal, and a Moot Court Quarterfinalist. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., in 2001 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in computer science and biology, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
She is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
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"2007-2008 Environmental Law Survey: A System in Flux," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2009
"2008-2009 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2010
"2009-2010 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review , Vol. 44, No. 4, September 2011
"2010-2011 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review , Vol. 45, No. 4, 2012
"FIFRA PREEMPTION AFTER BATES V. DOW AGROSCIENCES," Agricultural Management Committee, September 2014
ABA SEER TSCA Standard for Taking Regulatory Action Under TSCA (“Safety Standard”) Briefing Paper "What to do when the EPA sends an Information Request," Indiana Lawyer, October 8, 2014
Panel Speaker, Using Your Gifts: Philanthropy and Service, DePauw University (March 2013)
Panel Speaker, So YouWant to Go to Law/Med School:Where Do I Begin?, DePauw University Healthcare and Legal Professionals Weekend (March 2013)