John E. Freund, III, Attorney | KingSpry

John E. Freund, III

John E. Freund, III, a founding member of KingSpry, is one of Pennsylvania’s most experienced practitioners in education, employment, civil rights and issues that affect local governments and their insurers.

Mr. Freund, who prides himself on innovative solutions that help clients achieve their goals, serves as chairman of KingSpry’s Education Law Practice Group, and is a member of the Employment Law, Public Finance, Litigation, and Insurance Practice groups.

Mr. Freund has substantial experience dealing with public entities, particularly education and matters affecting children. He regularly represents public schools, private schools and colleges on a wide range of legal concerns, including special education due process matters, in state and federal courts. He is approved counsel for numerous insurance carriers writing public entity and education-related coverages. He is approved counsel for the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.

He is a past President of the Pennsylvania School Solicitors Association and the Saucon Valley School Board; served on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Task Force on School Violence; was a Pennsylvania Supreme Court-appointed Juvenile Master. He is a past President of the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools, a member of the Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Mr. Freund is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Community Insurance Company and for many years, served as director, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of Lehigh Mutual Insurance Company. He is a long-standing member of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.

Mr. Freund is a frequent lecturer and writer on education, public entity, employment and insurance law topics, and he serves as an instructor at East Stroudsburg University. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2007. In 2017, he was named to the list of “Select Lawyers” by Lehigh Valley Style Magazine, and was awarded the 2014 Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors’ Association “President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in School Law.” 

Mr. Freund graduated cum laude from Princeton University, and received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law where he was winner of the Reimal/Moot Court Finalist Award and was a member of the Law Review.

Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District Court
  • Middle District Court
  • Western District Court
Memberships & Associations
  • School Law Association
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • Past President, Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • Northampton County Bar Association

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