JOYCE FREELAND is of counsel in the firm. She has practiced law since 1984, after she was graduated from the Emory University Law School and clerked for Judge Robert L. Vining of the United States District Court for the Northern district of Georgia. Her areas of practice have been corporate and transactional law, with Internet and technology focus, and with significant experience in e-commerce and international contract formation. She has also had significant practice experience in large commercial bankruptcies. She has represented internet companies and web site developers since 1997.
She has had a substantial practice in business reorganization, and recently obtained confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan in the case In re Belk Properties, LLC, before the bankruptcy court in the Northern District of Mississippi.
She has expertise in real estate/land use planning law, with a focus on public interest issues, experience with use of land trusts, conservation easements, comprehensive land-use plans, watershed protection regulations, and “smart growth” tools to preservegreenspace in rapidly developing, formerly rural areas.
She is a member of the Mississippi and Georgia Bars. You can write Joyce Freeland at
Before coming to Freeland & Freeland in 2003, she was General Counsel for Omnexus N.V., a global e-commerce marketplace for the sale of plastics and chemicals, formed by five international competitors, Dow, DuPont, Bayer, BASF, and Ticona-Celanese, with headquarters in Atlanta and Zurich. She was full-time, in-house counsel at Omnexus from January 2000 until late 2003. She is continuing to act as General Counsel. She will continue to act as General Counsel after she begins practicing with Freeland & Freeland.
While at Omnexus, she was a co-inventor on the company’s business process patent; she is listed as a co-inventor on the company’s patent for website functionality/design that enables buyers and sellers on a global basis to create enforceable contracts by exchanging electronic messaging via the Internet. She advised business and IT project team members at Omnexus on the design of the marketplace technology concerning contract formation under the law of the U.S. and European countries and EU directives on e-commerce and cross-border transactions.
In October, 2003, she gave a continuing legal education presentation that used her experience at Omnexus to highlight issues in representing an international internet company.
She was a founder of the Gwinett Open Land Trust and has been a member of the board since its founding. G.O.L.T.’s purpose is to protect greenspace in a rapidly developing county. It has over $5 million in land currently under protection. She was the primary liaison for the Kistner Center, a 50-acre tract with residence, pastures, and wildflower, ornamental grass and other gardens, donated as a nature and arts center.
Prior to working at Omnexus, Ms. Freeland was counsel at Kilpatrick Stockton in Atlanta, where she was a senior attorney on various corporate finance and technology projects. She negotiated and closed venture capital investments in technology companies andrepresentated technology start-up companies, dealing with software, Internet privacy, and corporate matters.
She has spoken at seminars and similar conferences on issues law and technology, bankruptcy, and land use law. As noted, she was a speaker at the most recent Georgia Bar Technology Section seminar. She was invited to speak at the American Conference Institute seminar on Resolving IT Disputes in November 2002 and participated in a conference of in-house counsel for global e-marketplaces in Amsterdam in the Spring of 2002. She has spoken on due diligence and effect of bankruptcy and insolvency on intellectual property assets and coordinated and spoke at half-day panel presentation to Gwinnett County officials and local landowners in April 2000 concerning conservation options. She prepared the “Zoning 101” primer, widely distributed among homeowner groups presenting “slow growth” and “controlled growth” arguments at zoning hearings, explaining the constitutional context of those hearings and was invited as panelist at town hall meeting sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in October 1999 on “Growth in Gwinnett.” She was the author of “It’s true, we can’t stop, but we can apply some brakes,” an editorial on growth published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 17, 1999.
She was born in Columbus, Mississippi on August 18, 1955. She was admitted to Georgia bar in 1985. She has represented clients in federal and state courts in Georgia. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Mississippi (B.A. summa cum laude, 1977). Her first year of law school was at the University of Mississippi; she completed law school at Emory University in 1983, where she graduated with distinction and was a member of Order of the Coif.