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AuthorJustice Gerald Lebovits
JUSTICE HELEN E. FREEDMAN wrote the rst edition of New York Objections in 1998 and
updated the work annually through 2015.
Justice Freedman served as a trial judge from 1979 to 2008 and as an appellate judge
from 2008 through 2014. She was the Mass Torts Judge in charge of all New York City
asbestos personal injury and New York State silicone gel breast implant, latex glove, and
diet drug cases. Justice Freedman was assigned to the Commercial Division for eight years.
She retired from the bench in 2014 and has served as a mediator/arbitrator with JAMS in
New York since 2015.
Justice Freedman was a Vice President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and Chair of
its Special Committee on Medical Malpractice. She has also served as the President of the New York State Asso-
ciation of Women Judges, and as co-president of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert. Justice Freedman is a
member of the Boards of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and of the Historical Society
of the New York Courts. She is also a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation,
and is on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
.Justice Freedman graduated from New York University School of Law and Smith College. She lives with her
husband in New York City, and has two grown daughters.
I am grateful to a number of people who helped facilitate the writing of this book. My contributing author,
Barbara Rosen Epstein, was invaluable. In addition, David S. Cohen and Kimberly Nickerson were extremely
helpful. My friend, Myron Cohen, negotiated my contract. My ever patient husband, Henry, provided constant
encouragement and support.
— Helen E. Freedman

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