Doug Freeman


Senior Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors


Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M., is Senior Managing Director of First Foundation Advisors. In this capacity, he provides strategic planning and organizational management advice for business, nonprofit, foundation, and family clients. He is a noted, now retired, tax attorney and founder of the law firm, Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP. In 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005, he was recognized by Worth magazine as among the 100 top attorneys in the United States, and, in 1999, he was featured by Bloomberg Financial as one of the nation’s leading estate planning attorneys.

Mr. Freeman has been a consultant to nearly 300 family foundations, support organizations and public charities throughout the United States. He is a director of seven family or independent foundations, and three public charities – Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of California, Irvine Foundation and current chairman of its $1 billion campaign; and a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Southern California Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Mr. Freeman is the author of the books The Legacy Family: The Definitive Guide to Creating a Successful Multigenerational Family, A Founder’s Guide to the Family Foundation, and Estate Tax Freeze: Tools and Techniques. He is also the former contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Service Professionals and has written dozens of professional articles published in a variety of journals. He speaks throughout the country on behalf of professional associations, such as the Council on Foundations, the Association of Small Foundations and the American Bar Association.

Current Courses:

Organizations, Operations & Tax Aspects of Public Charities