Freeland & Freeland and its predecessor firms, particularly James Stone & Sons, have been located at 1013 Jackson Avenue in Oxford since 1905. Throughout its history, the firm's main work has been complex civil and criminal litigation in federal and state court. The firm has had a long tradition of outstanding appellate advocates, including past attorneys such as Phil Stone, Taylor McElroy (a former justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court), T. H. Freeland, III, and currently, T.H. Freeland, IV.
In Papasan v. Allain , 478 U.S. 265 (1986), the firm successfully represented schools and schoolchildren in twenty-three counties of North Mississippi. This case resulted in substantial additional funding for the schools in the counties involved.
The firm is located in a Victorian building that has been a law office for over a hundred years. William Faulkner's early novels were typed by the secretaries there, as a result of Faulkner's friendship with Phil Stone, with whom T. H. Freeland, III, began practice in 1958.
The firm has long practiced railroad and insurance defense and corporate litigation. The firm also has extensive experience in white collar criminal defense, particularly in the areas of health care and government contracting. T. H. Freeland, IV and Joyce Freeland in June of 2010 obtained the acquittal of a physician client of all charges in a four-week long health care fraud case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Both T. H. Freeland, III and T. H. Freeland, IV became early experts in Mississippi law involving defense of bad faith insurance claims, publishing a leading article and lecturing on the subject. Additionally important areas of practice have been banking law, both in litigation on behalf of banks and in litigation involving failed banks, real estate practice, civil rights litigation, and employer/employee litigation. The firm has a long tradition of bar service and pro bono work, both through the University of Mississippi’s Innocence Project and in the area of capital defense.