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NIAF Vice Chair Louis Freeh Named One of Esquire Magazine’s “Americans of the Year 2012”
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(WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 29, 2012) Louis J. Freeh, a National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Vice Chairman and former director of Federal Bureau of Investigation, was ranked one of the top 15 “Americans of the Year 2012” list in the December issue of Esquire Magazine. Judge Freeh joins his fellow Italian Americans, actor Bradley Cooper, rock icon Bruce Springsteen and Mars-project NASA engineer Tom Rivellini with this honor.

“As a friend, business partner and a member of NIAF’s leadership team, congratulations to Louie on this recent honor,” said NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq. “The NIAF Board salutes his dedication and distinguished work within the community here and in Italy. We have always respected his commitment to public service, his family and most importantly, his integrity.”

Judge Freeh has served as general counsel (2005-2009) and member of the NIAF Board of Directors since 2002. He began serving as vice chairman international from 2009 to the present. He has been recognized on several occasions for his exemplary accomplishments, which include investigations and prosecutions relating to racketeering, drugs, organized crime, fraud, white-collar crime and terrorism.

In 1987 and 1991, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest annual honor given by the Department of Justice. Other commendations include the John Marshall Award for Preparation of Litigation, awarded annually by the Attorney General, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Award.

Judge Freeh is a member of the Executive Committee of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, chair of the Board of Directors of the Freeh Group International Solutions, chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and sits on a number of non-profit boards, including the United States Naval Academy Foundation and the International Association of Chief of Police Foundation.

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