Practice Areas

Attorney Ellen W. Freyman concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real estate: acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and financing. She has an extensive land use practice that includes zoning, subdivision, project permitting, and environmental matters.

Ellen has substantial experience in the area of development and financing of affordable housing, utilizing funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency and various other governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.

In addition, she represents various institutional lenders and borrowers in both construction and permanent financing.

Her clients include national retailers and franchisees, national telecommunications companies, developers of affordable and senior housing projects, including assisted living and independent living facilities, manufacturers, and various not-for-profit agencies.


Western New England College, J.D., 1988
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1977


Hampden County, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations;
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, member


Associate, 1988, and shareholder, since 1995, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C.
Prior to completing law school, Ellen was a teacher and commercial banker

Professional and Community Activities

Affiliated Chamber of Greater Springfield, President
Community Music School of Springfield, Board Member
Dunbar Community Center, Board Member, Executive Committee
Elms College, Board of Trustees
Friends of the Homeless, Board Member
Longmeadow Zoning Board of Appeals, member
Mason-Wright Foundation, Board Member
National Conference for Community and Justice, Board Member
On Board, Inc., Founder and President
Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, Executive Committee
Springfield Jewish Federation, Board Member
Springfield Museum Assoc., Corporator and Committee Member
Springfield Rotary Club, Past President, Paul Harris Fellow, Member
Springfield Technical Community College Foundation, Board Member
STCC Assistance Corporation, Executive Board Member
WFCR,  Board Member, Executive Committee
World Affairs Council, Board Member
YMCA of Greater Springfield, Board Member

Honors and Awards

Business West Difference Makers Award 2010
Reminder Publications Hometown Hero Award 2010
Springfield Leadership Institute Community Service Award 2011
Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law Award 2011
Professional Women’s Chamber of Western Massachusetts¬†Woman of the Year 2012
Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Pynchon Award Medalist 2012

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