Robert L. Freedman is a retired partner at the law firm of Dechert LLP. For 40 years he has been the principal drafter of legislation modernizing Pennsylvania’s probate and trust law statutes in his role as a member of the Advisory Committee on Decedents’ Estates of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission. He has been listed for more than fifteen years in The Best Lawyers of America and in 1999 was given the distinguished estate planner award by the 1,000-member Philadelphia Estate Planning Council. He has taught wills and trusts as an adjunct professor at Penn and Temple Law Schools. He was an unsuccessful petition candidate for election to the Board of Overseers of Harvard University in 2008 and 2009. He graduated from Harvard College (A.B., 1962), Columbia University (M.A. in economics, 1963), and Columbia University School of Law (L.L.B., 1966).