Stanley A. Freeman joined Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville in 1994. He is the former president of the firm and founder of the firm's education practice.

Stanley counsels postsecondary educational institutions from all sectors of higher education regarding strategic issues pertaining to participation in the federal student financial assistance programs, accreditation, licensure, and related regulatory concerns. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009 - 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Education Law.

Stanley has been actively involved in representing educational institutions for more than 20 years. In his practice, he counsels individual educational institutions, corporate investors in higher education, associations of schools and colleges, and allied educational companies on administrative, transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. He has represented numerous schools before the U.S. Department of Education and before other federal agencies, state educational oversight agencies, and accreditors on compliance matters, financial responsibility concerns, legislative issues, and investigative matters. He has also litigated cases in the state and federal courts. He spends much of his time advising clients concerning regulatory and compliance matters arising under the Higher Education Act of 1965, including program reviews, audits, substantive changes, changes in ownership and control, and other oversight matters.

Stanley has authored numerous articles on federal student financial aid issues for higher education publications and frequently speaks to gatherings of college officials and student aid administrators.

Stanley graduated with distinction from the Honors College of the University of Michigan in 1978 and earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Stanley is a lifelong resident of the Washington area, and he and his wife Cecilia have five children.

Education Policy
Litigation – Education
Program Reviews and IG Audits
Title IV Eligibility and Compliance

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1982

B.A., with distinction, Honors College of the University of Michigan, 1978


District of Columbia




Best Lawyers In America, 2009-2019

National Association of College and University Attorneys

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Founding member of the Board of Directors of National Student Partnerships (now LIFT), 1999 to 2009

Founder of the Burning Tree Elementary School Educational Foundation