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Freedom S.N. Smith is a partner in the Firm’s Environmental Group and works in the areas of compliance and risk management, environmental and toxic tort litigation, brownfields and development, agriculture, procurement, and general litigation. Freedom’s clients are involved in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, energy, real estate, and construction. 

Freedom has experience representing companies, municipalities, and citizens in a wide variety of areas in both state and federal courts as well as in administrative proceedings across the country. She has litigated cases for both public and private clients involving contracts, accidental releases of contamination, property transfers, leaking underground storage tanks, cost recovery actions, environmental and other insurance and coverage claims, environmental enforcement actions or clean-ups under a wide variety of regulatory programs, including CERCLA/SUPERFUND. She has also handled numerous complex lawsuits involving business disputes, including cases involving breach of contract, products liability, and fraud.

Freedom advises and represents entities and individuals with regard to regulatory and compliance matters; managing environmental liability in business transactions, including the transfer of operations may be contaminated or potentially regulated by environmental laws; business certifications, and procurement. She works with numerous corporations, municipalities and utilities on all aspects of environmental compliance, permitting, wastewater discharges, responding to governmental agencies, dealing with citizen complaints, brownfields redevelopment, and policy issues.

Freedom is often called upon to use her general litigation and administrative agency experience to assist in representing Ice Miller clients in other venues, such as before the Indiana Department of Administration and, the United States Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Freedom has co-authored several environmental articles and newsletters regarding environmental information requests, administrative actions, and regulatory issues. 

Freedom is actively involved with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and currently serves as the Chair for the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee. Freedom is also involved with the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA), serving on the Board of Governors, as the Chair of the Environmental Law Section, and also a member of the Planning Committee for ISBA’s Leadership Development Academy Program.  Freedom was a 2019 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Freedom currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Foster Success and on the Board of Directors for the following organizations:  Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council, Early Learning Indiana, Impact 100 Indianapolis, and Earth Day Indiana.  Freedom also serves as part of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana’s Community Engagement Committee.

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. Attorney’s 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, Indiana 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 Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Evansville Greenway and Remediation Trust v. Southern Indiana Gas and Elect. Co., et. al, 3:07-cv-66-SEB-WGH, (S.D. Ind. Feb. 23, 2012), available at
  • Cooper Industries LLC v. The City of South Bend, No. 49S04-0711-CV-541 (Ind. Jan. 22, 2009), available at 
  • Planz v. Foster, 888 N.E.2d 756 (2008)


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Firm Publications
Blog Posts
Published In
  • Quoted in March 2019, Indiana Lawyer, SCOTUS to determine when permits are necessary to pollute navigable waters
  • 2018 Res Gestae, ISBA Leadership Development Program Session 5, (page 8)
  • "You Have Received an Environmental Information Request Demanding Data within 30 days. What Now?," published in Building Excellence, March 2017
  • "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
Speaking Engagements
  • Sackett v. EPA: Impact on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Over Wetlands, Strafford CLE Webinar, September 20, 2023
  • Redefining the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule: Future Impact of Water Protection, Regulation and Permitting, Strafford CLE Presentation, April 4, 2023
  • Enforcement Rising: The Department of Justice and EPA's Environmental Justice Initiatives and Their Impacts on Diligence, Compliance, and Enforcement Issues, Indiana Environmental Conference, December 8, 2022
  • Ethical Considerations in Administrative Law, American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (ABA SEER) 30th Fall Conference, September 23, 2022
  • Environmental Due Diligence in M&A Transactions: All Appropriate Inquiry, Bona Fide Purchaser Defense, Strafford CLE Presentation, June 2021
  • Federal and State Regulatory/Policy Update (New Federal Water Rule, IDEM Risk Changes, Other EPA/IDEM Policies), Indiana Continuing Education Forum (ICLEF), November 2020
  • Environmental Symposium, IU McKinney Law School, 2019
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform: An Update on Implementation (Chemical Inventory) and Hot Topics, Manufacturers for Plastics Processors (MAPP) Webinar, December 12, 2018
  • Climate Change and Indiana, Indy Chamber Environmental CLE, 2018
  • Responding to EPA Information Requests, Straffod CLE Presentation, 2018
  • The Personal Responsibility of Officers and Directors for Civil and Criminal Violations of Environmental Law, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conference, October 2017 
  • Panel Speaker, Using Your Gifts: Philanthropy and Service, DePauw University, March 2013
  • Panel Speaker, So You Want to Go to Law/Med School: Where Do I Begin?, DePauw University Healthcare and Legal Professionals Weekend, March 2013
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