Doug Freeman


Senior Managing Director
First Foundation Advisors

Freeman provides strategic planning and organizational management advice for business, nonprofit, foundation, and family clients. He brings to First Foundation clients the experience gained as a consultant to nearly 300 family foundations, support organizations and public charities throughout the United States.

Freeman is a noted retired tax attorney and founder of the Los Angeles based law firm, Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP. He serves as a director of several family foundations, independent foundations, and public charities. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for the Literacy Project Foundation, and a Life Director of both the California Institute of the Arts and Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of California, Irvine Foundation and currently chairs its $1 billion campaign. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCI School of Law, where he teaches a course in the Organization, Management and Tax Aspects of Public Charities and Private Foundations.

Freeman is the author of three books and over 30 articles and treatises on philanthropy and wealth planning. His latest book, published in 2009, co-authored with Dr. Lee Hausner, Ph.D., is entitled “The Legacy Family... The Definitive Guide to Creating a Successful Multigenerational Family.” He is the co-author with Dr. Hausner of a leading treatise for family foundations, entitled A Founder’s Guide to the Family Foundation. He speaks throughout the country on behalf of professional associations, such as the Council on Foundations, the Association of Small Foundations, and the American Bar Association.

He is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. with Distinction, 1967), University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., 1970), and the University of San Diego (LL.M. in Taxation, 1984).

UCI Affiliation:
Foundation Trustee
Medal Recipient
School of Physical Sciences Leadership Council