Thomas J. Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

Thomas J. Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

Thomas J. Freeman, MBA, MS, JD

Heider College of Business


  • Data Science Ethics
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Academic Appointments


  • Marketing and Management


  • Instructor

Teaching Activity

  • Business Law (BUS 301)
  • Legal Environment of Business (BUS 201)
  • Mock Trial Lecture (BUS 321)
  • Mock Trial Practicum (BUS 322)
  • Negotiation (MGT 479)


Thomas Freeman is a practicing attorney and former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Nebraska. His clients have included individuals, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, county governments, the State of Nebraska, and Native American tribes and businesses. He has advised clients on all manner of legal and ethical issues and tried and won cases in federal, state, and tribal courts across the Midwest.
Tom graduated from law school at Creighton University and then completed a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution and a Master of Business Administration degree, also at Creighton University. After completing his MBA, Tom began teaching at Creighton, first in the law school and more recently in the College of Business.
While in graduate school, Tom worked with a team that developed the eBay/PayPal Community Court, a revolutionary online dispute resolution system that won PayPal’s LabRats Award.
During his time at the Attorney General's Office, he directed the Investigation of Goodwill Omaha and drafted the report of the Office’s official findings as well as legal guidance for the State’s nonprofit organizations. He led multi state investigations, involving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other state governments. He also served on the teaching faculty for the National Attorneys General Research and Training Institute (NAGTRI).
Tom has maintained an AV-Preeminent Rating from his peers since 2012, been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and is a member of the Bar Association of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Keep Omaha Beautiful, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), and is a member of Suburban Rotary of Omaha, where he serves on the Scholarship Committee.
Tom is a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst for the Institute for Digital Humanity. He is an Educational Consultant on Algorithmic Bias and Machine Learning for the ADL, where his team is in the final stages of developing a high school civics curriculum on algorithmic bias. He is also working with the Coded Bias team to develop additional educational materials related to algorithmic bias and data science ethics.
Tom also maintains a legal practice focused on civil litigation, advising corporate clients, and providing legal consulting related to emerging technology.

Tom has published articles in the William and Mary Business Law Review, Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, Nebraska Lawyer, and Interchange Magazine. His paper "Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination, and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece" won the Outstanding Paper Award at the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB) conference in 2020. 

Tom's research interests center on Big Data, artificial intelligence, business analytics, fintech, algorithmic bias, and other emerging technologies.

Publications and Presentations


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Editing and Reviews


Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Data Science Ethics
    Algorithmic Bias
    Constitutional Law
    Business Law

Current Research Projects

  • My research interests are focused on the intersection of law and emerging technology. I am working with Dr. Aaron McKain, Elizabeth Otto, and a group of students from Creighton University, North Central University, and Indiana University on a series of papers on the legal and ethical implications of algorithmic bias. Our team at the Institute for Digital Humanity is working with the ADL to develop a nationwide high school curriculum on algorithmic bias. We are also designing tools to educate our elected representatives and the general public about the legal and ethical issues posed by the use of algorithms.

    I also write about issues related to constitutional law, the practice of law, and legal education.

    More information about my research projects can be found on SSRN.

Grant Funding Received

  • Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Grant for research paper “Compelled Speech, the First Amendment, and Collective Bargaining: A Legal Map of the Post-Janus World."

Awards and Honors

  • Master Teacher Award Finalist, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), 2021
  • Elected to Executive Committee, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), 2021
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), 2020
  • Nominee, Faculty Member of the Year, Heider College of Business, 2019
  • Leadership Academy, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2018
  • Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2016
  • AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell