Lauren A Freeman

Lauren A Freeman

Freeman Legal Consulting and Expert Witness Services, LLC

Chicago , IL 60618
Mobile: 312-320-9419

Introduction

In April 2017, Lauren retired from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office after a distinguished 30-year career during which she handled some of Chicago's highest-profile police and correctional officer misconduct prosecutions. Lauren’s extensive prosecutorial and investigative review experience positions her as an invaluable independent consultant for undertaking case assessment/review, investigative assistance, expert witness work, and litigation support, in cases involving alleged police, correctional officer, and prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, the use of force and deadly force, officer-involved shootings, Monell claims, Sec. 1983 civil rights violations, "code of silence" allegations, felony review assessment, internal investigative assistance, and wrongful convictions.


Areas of Expertise

  • 1983 Litigation
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Criminal Law
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Jail Suicide
  • Jails & Prisons
  • Jury/Trial Consultant
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Procedures
  • Wrongful Death

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Retired (30 years of service) from Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Special Prosecutions Bureau
JD, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
BA, The University of Michigan
Certified Force Science Analyst; Force Science Research Institute
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Bar Association; Member Civil Rights and Social Justice Division
Chicago Bar Association
Attended June, 2016 National Attorneys General Training Institute's (NAGTRI's) National Effective Practices and Protocols for Officer-involved Shootings Symposium.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: One (current); I began my practice in 2018.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Review and assessment of misconduct allegations against a Chicago police officer brought by the City of Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 0%; I have only been retained on one case since I entered this field as a consultant/expert in 2018.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 100%; I have only been retained on one case since I entered this field as a consultant/expert in 2018.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Several as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney but none yet as an expert witness; I began my consulting and expert witness work in 2018.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: March, 2017
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: None; I have only been retained for one case since I entered this field as a consultant/expert in 2018.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: None; I have only been retained for one case since I entered this field as a consultant/expert in 2018.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Several months; I began my practice in 2018.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Case assessment, investigative assistance, expert witness services, and litigation support for plaintiffs, prosecutors, police departments, municipalities, and defendant officers alike.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $325 per hour (free initial phone consultation for basic case background and to discuss retention terms). Rate is negotiable for smaller cases.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $325 per hour. Rate is negotiable for smaller cases.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $325 per hour (8 hour minimum) plus expenses. Hourly rate includes all breaks and waiting time and must be paid in advance, subject to cancellation agreement as specified in signed retention agreement. Rate is negotiable for smaller cases.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $325 per hour (8 hour minimum) plus expenses. Hourly rate includes all breaks and waiting time and must be paid in advance, subject to cancellation agreement as specified in signed retention agreement. Rate is negotiable for smaller cases.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $4875 (15 hour) non-refundable retainer to be applied to hourly rate for consulting and expert witness services. Retainer to be replenished as needed prior to undertaking additional work. Additional travel and other expenses to be specified in retention agreement. Rates are negotiable for smaller cases.

References

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