Attorney Ellen Freyman, partner at Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., selected as 2018 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year

Jul 6, 2018News

Springfield Regional Chamber to present award at Annual Meeting, June 6

Regional law firm, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., serving clients throughout western New England and New York, as well as nationally and internationally, today announced that partner Ellen Freyman has been selected as the 2018 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year by the Springfield Regional Chamber.

To honor the memory of Richard J. Moriarty, a long-time active participant in the Chamber who gave of his time, talent and personal and professional resources to the local community, the Chamber established the Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year Award in 2007. Since then, the distinction has been given annually to a member of the business community whose outstanding contributions reflect Moriarty’s own spirit of selflessness.

“Ellen has lent her time, talents and expertise to probably every organization in the region,” Chamber President Nancy Creed said of Attorney Freyman. “She has been a stalwart supporter of the many iterations of the Chamber over the years and has made a significant impact in our community. She truly represents the values of Rick, and the Committee could think of no one more worthy!”

The Chamber will recognize Attorney Freyman at its Annual Meeting/Business@Breakfast event on Wednesday, June 6, from 7:15–9:00 a.m. at the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street in Springfield.

A resident of Longmeadow, Attorney Freyman concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial transactions and commercial real estate, including acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and financing. She has an extensive land use practice that includes zoning, subdivision, project permitting, and environmental matters. Attorney Freyman is a graduate of the Western New England University School of Law (1988) and Pennsylvania State University (1977).

Attorney Freyman has maintained board memberships in a multitude of organizations, including the Hampden County Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association; American Bar Association; Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association; Center for Human Development (CHD); Community Music School of Springfield; Elms College Board of Trustees; Friends of the Homeless; Longmeadow Zoning Board of Appeals; Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts; National Conference for Community and Justice; OnBoard, Inc.; Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce; Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Foundation; STCC Assistance Corporation; Springfield Museum Association; Springfield Rotary Club; WFCR Public Radio; World Affairs Council; and the YMCA of Greater Springfield. She is also the immediate past chair of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

One of the most highly awarded attorneys within the Pioneer Valley, Attorney Freyman was honored last year at the 90th Annual National Conference for Community and Justice for her demonstrable leadership qualities and significant community contributions. In addition, she has been recognized or awarded by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Excellence in the Law Award, 2016, and Top Women of Law Award, 2010); Springfield Rotary Club Paul Harris Award; the Professional Women’s Chamber (Woman of the Year, 2012); Ad Club of Western Massachusetts (Pynchon Award, 2012); Springfield Leadership Institute (Community Service Award, 2011); the Reminder Publications (Hometown Hero Award, 2010); and BusinessWest Magazine (Difference Makers Award, 2011).