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About Professor Freeman

Professor Seth Freeman, J.D, practiced corporate and securities law in large New York firms for six years following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Since the early 1990s he has taught business and law courses at several schools. He is Adjunct Professor of Negotiation & Conflict Management at NYU's Stern School of Business. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University where he teaches in the full time MBA program and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Prof. Freeman also has extensive experience teaching as a visiting professor of International Negotiation at several programs abroad, including:

  • Bordeaux École de Management in France
  • World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Zhongshan University's Executive MBA program in Guangzhou, China
  • Beijing University's Executive MBA program in Beijing and Shenzhen

His main subject is negotiation and conflict management. His specific courses include Managerial Negotiation, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Entrepreneurial Transactions, and Negotiating Complex Transactions with Executives & Lawyers.

Prof. Freeman also serves as a trainer and speaker on negotiations for organizations such as the United Nations (through IPI), Pepsico, JPMorgan Chase, the New York City Board of Education, KPMG, Acumen Fund, other Fortune 500 corporations, start-ups, and non-profit organizations.

He is also a columnist whose essays have been published in USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times. His teaching material has been published by Harvard's Program on Negotiation.

He is the author of the new book, The Ready & Able Negotiator: How To Get Set For Any Negotiation with I FORESAW IT, the Breakthrough Preparation Tool.

He has been an active student of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and has served as a trained mediator for the Queens Mediation Center.

Prof. Freeman's research focuses on the problem of trust- how people collaborate when they are not sure whether it's wise to surrender control to the other. His specific focus is on finding non-obvious solutions, many using negotiation principles, that can help people relieve poverty, resolve conflict, create new markets, lead organizations, and develop wise public policies.

Prof. Freeman is married to his wife Cary, an actress. They live with their daughters Hannah and Rachael in New York City. They attend All Angels' Church.

His work in private practice included transactions involving initial public offerings, corporate restructurings and aircraft financing.

He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in economics.



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