We're Building Your Cathedral

One of our founding partners -- Michael Freeborn -- tells a story about a traveler who sought wisdom centuries ago. As the traveler wandered through an ancient construction site, he asked a stone cutter, "What are you doing?" The man growled, "I am breaking rocks."  Next the traveler came upon a second stone cutter and asked again, "What are you doing?" The man furiously wiped his brow, replying meekly, "I am just trying to earn a living for my family."  Finally, the traveler came upon a third stone cutter who smiled broadly as he cut the rock.  Again he asked, "What are you doing?" The stone cutter stopped his work and, with a twinkle in his eye, responded, "Can't you see?  We are building a cathedral!" As the traveler learned that day, the right perspective changes rocks to cathedrals.  At Freeborn, we truly believe our hard work builds a better future for our clients. 

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Freeborn & Peters LLP Receives Your Honor Award Recognition

The firm was recognized by the national and regional chapters of the Legal Marketing Association.
Upcoming Events
April 25, 2014 - 8:45am

14th Annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium

Jeffery Cross, a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Freeborn and an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust Law and Business Franchise Law for The John Marshall Law School, will present at the Loyola Antitrust Colloquium on April 25, 2014.
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Civil Litigation Flash Points April 2014

Ryan Blackney, an Attorney in the Fraud and Internal Investigations Practice Group, wrote the April 2014 Civil Litigation Flash Points, “Seventh Circuit’s Message to Fraudsters Playing Shell Games: If You’re in a Hole, Stop Digging!” published on the IICLE website.

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In 1983, six of our lawyers formed Freeborn with a goal to create a meaningful environment where everyone could provide the highest value service.

Today from our Chicago headquarters, more than 200 professionals assist clients with their legal and business matters across the country and often across borders.

Through our work in industries and legal practices, we work to fulfill our mission and create a better future for our clients.More »