July 19, 2013

Meghan Freed

Meghan Freed

Age: 37

Title: Founding Member

Company: Freed McKenn

Town where you work: Hartford

Town where you live: Hartford

College: Mount Holyoke College

What I do for fun: Daily dog walks, weekly bike rides, monthly whiskey tasting, and quarterly travel.

Friends/Family that influence me: My father opened a small business at my age and gave me the confidence and support I needed to follow his lead.

My Charity/Cause: Lesbian and gay causes and the arts in Hartford.

My Passion, Hobby or Special Talent: I can fold a paper origami crane like nobody's business.

What do you do?

'I am devoted to the City of Hartford where I live and work.'

I am my clients' lawyer.

Please describe your career path…

I attended Mount Holyoke College, and upon graduation was named Glamour Magazine's Best Woman Commencement speaker in the United States. I received my law degree cum laude from the Western New England College School of Law, where I served as the managing editor of the Western New England Law Review. Prior to founding Freed McKeen, I was counsel to Hartford Steam Boiler, where I managed the company's litigation. I was formerly associated with the firms of Shipman & Goodwin and Bingham McCutchen here in Hartford. I founded Freed McKeen to bring the best of my big firm and big corporate legal background to individual and small business clients. I am experienced in and an advocate of alternative dispute resolution and am a graduate of Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation. I am also particularly proud of my estate planning, family, and real estate legal practice within the LGBT community.

What's been your biggest challenge professionally?

Leaving workplaces and colleagues I loved in order to continue to grow, learn, and build.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Right here in Hartford.

What is the best advice you received?

"Put on a helmet."

How are you involved in your community?

I am devoted to the City of Harford, where I live and work. We chose to restore a historic 1880s downtown Hartford building to house our law firm. The office was showcased in Hartford Magazine's green office edition, and the firm was recognized with an award from the Hartford Preservation Alliance.

I also support the arts in Hartford and gay and lesbian causes. I devote the majority of my pro bono legal work to helping local arts organizations, and my name appears in the Connecticut Supreme Court's groundbreaking decision on marriage equality, Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, for which I co-authored an amicus curiae brief.

Meet the 2013 Winners

Anthony G. Barrett

Joe Bierbaum

Matthew R. Boehm

Mario J. Bruno

Matthew Carbray

Raymond Cocozza

Maria Conlon

Dawn Crayco

Christopher Davis

Marc A. DiBella

Derek Donofrio

Sara-Beth Donovan

Brandon Dufour

Brandon M. Frame

Meghan Freed

Emily A. Gianquinto

Alyssa Goduti

Terese Guerrero

Melissa Harris

Tauheedah Jackson

Michael J. Kolosky

Julie Krug

Carolyn Kuan

Heather Lombardi

Jeremy Lowe

Concetta Maratta

Michael Mascaro

Brian Mauriello

Paul Mounds Jr.

Reem Nouh

Nathan Quesnel

Josh Reese

Jennifer Rizzotti

Carrie L. Rocha

Kendrick Trevor Roundtree Sr.

Shaun Sheridan

R. Scott Slifka

Jack Soos

Caitlin Thayer

Julia E. Wayner

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