SAMANTHA E. FREED
CRIMINAL LAW | GUARDIAN AD LITEM | FAMILY LAW
About Samantha E. Freed
Samantha Freed attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and received a B.A. in Medical Ethics. She earned a certificate in Health Law and her J.D. at the University of Maryland School in 2005. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable William O. Carr of Harford County, Maryland. She then moved to Charlottesville, when in 2007, under the tutelage of Lloyd Snook & Sheila Haughey, Samantha developed a passion for advocating for those in our community who needed it most - the underserved, underprivileged and the most vulnerable of children. In June 2012, she and Bonnie Lepold opened Lepold & Freed, PLLC where she and her partners ran a successful law practice for 10 years. She joined Tremblay & Smith in January 2022 as a partner.
Samantha’s representation of criminal defendants has included cases involving homicide, sexually-based offenses, narcotics, felony and misdemeanor assault, property crimes and traffic offenses. She represents clients from the pre-charge and investigation phase all the way through trial, including jury trials. Clients benefit from Samantha’s thorough preparation at every stage of the criminal process, including conducting her own investigation or hiring a private investigator, thoroughly interviewing witnesses, for both the guilt/innocence phase as well as for mitigation, and consulting with experts to assist in examining forensic or digital evidence.
In her domestic relations practice, Samantha represents clients involved with divorce, custody and visitation, child support, protective orders, adoptions and matters involving the Department of Social Services. She serves as a guardian ad litem for children whose parents are going through divorce or custody litigation and as a guardian ad litem for adults in Petitions for Guardianship and Conservatorship. Samantha is also the attorney for the Madison County Department of Social Services.
During Samantha’s representation of criminal and family law clients, she is constantly assessing the upside and downside of the many decisions made throughout a case, including the impact of how a court’s decision will influence other parts of a client’s personal and professional life. She never shies away from going to trial but appreciates that litigants may be in the best position to reach the best resolution with the help of a fierce advocate such as Samantha without having to step foot in a courtroom.
Most recently, Samantha is honored to have been appointed as a substitute judge for the 16th Judicial District.
FOR SAMANTHA E. FREED
MODIFICATION CASES (CUSTODY, VISITATION, CHILD SUPPORT)
CRIMINAL DEFENSE (MISDEMEANORS TO CLASS 1 FELONIES)
GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOR CHILDREN
GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOR INCAPACITATED ADULTS
RESTORATION OF FIREARM RIGHTS
RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS
CUSTODY & VISITATION
GUARDIANSHIP & CONSERVATORSHIP
Clients often meet me when their lives are in chaos, and it is my desire to relieve the anxiety of the unknown. I work hard to evaluate every aspect of a client’s legal case, assessing the benefits and risks of every decision, while informing and advocating for a client’s rights and responsibilities. I never want a client to wonder if everything that could be done has been done to achieve their desired outcome. Because litigation can be expensive and involves some level of uncertainty, I strive for my clients to maintain control of the outcome as much as possible.
My Primary Objective
Kind Words about Samantha
I highly recommend Samantha Freed. She was respectful of my family and provided me with to-the-point, factual answers to all of my questions. Ms. Freed's professionalism and support removed the stress from what would normally be a daunting process. I am thankful our case was in her capable hands.
Samantha has been an excellent attorney handling our case. She’s very diligent, conscientious, and thorough. I would highly recommend Samantha. She’s a very strong attorney and cares about her clients in every aspect.
I was lucky enough to have Samantha Freed as my lawyer. She took a case that was drawn out over 7 months of stress and anxiety and treated my issues as if they were her own. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful. If you want a lawyer that represents you as a person and not just another case, I strongly suggest Samantha Freed.