- Loyola University School of Law, J.D.
- Newcomb College of Tulane University, B.A., with honors in American Studies
- Rhode Island
- U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Linn is recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a Leader in the Field of Privacy Law. She is a past recipient of the Rhode Island Department of Health Founder's Award, the Rhode Island Attorney General Justice Award, and the Rhode Island Department of Health Award for Excellence in Public Health Promotion.
LINN FOSTER FREEDMAN
Linn Freedman practices in privacy and security law and complex litigation. She focuses on privacy and security compliance, and responses to data breaches. Linn is leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and chairs the firm’s HIPAA Compliance group. She has experience in health information technology (HIT) and chairs the firm’s Health Information Technology (HIT) team. Linn has particular experience in the development and implementation of regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and privacy and security issues related to the interoperability of electronic health records. She serves as general counsel of the Rhode Island Quality Institute. She has extensive experience litigating cases in state courts, federal courts, appellate courts, and administrative bodies.
Linn joined the firm at Nixon Peabody in the spring of 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Linn was deputy chief of the Civil Division for the Department of the Attorney General in Rhode Island. In this role, she was responsible for the supervision of regulatory activities for the Department which encompassed four regulatory units: the Heath Care Advocate, Public Utilities, Charitable Trusts, and Insurance Advocacy, as well as supervising the Health Care Conversion team. She also litigated cases on behalf of the state and its agencies and was the lead prosecutor on the case the State of Rhode Island brought against lead pigment manufacturers.
- Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule Expands Law's Impact on Firms
New Hampshire Business Review | May 3, 2013
Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman and Manchester partner and leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice Scott O’Connell co-authored this article discussing the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which implemented sweeping changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
- 11th Circuit says HIPAA protections trump Florida law
Reuters | April 12, 2013
Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses a Court of Appeals ruling finding that the patient privacy protections in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 trumped a 1987 Florida law that requires nursing homes to provide the records to a deceased resident's spouse, guardian or attorney.
- New HIPAA Rules Pose Challenges for Healthcare Industry
Reuters | March 18, 2013
Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations announced by the Department of Health & Human Services. Click here to read the full article.