Rebecca Moll Freed

Ms. Freed is a member of the Corporate Political Activity Law, Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations and the Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Groups and is based in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey and New York City offices.

Ms. Freed advises corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trade associations, charitable organizations, social welfare organizations and political action committees on the legal aspects of their political activities.

Ms. Freed has substantial experience with New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws; she has lectured frequently on the topic, and written extensively on the issue as well, including articles for New Jersey Lawyer, New Jersey League of Municipalities Magazine, and New Jersey Law Journal.

Ms. Freed also has extensive experience in procurement law, assisting clients in the preparation of RFPs and RFQs on the state and local levels. She has represented numerous clients in bid protest disputes before administrative agencies and before the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court.

As Director of the firm’s Vendor Political Activity & Ethics Compliance Training & Audit Programs, Ms. Freed provides training and counseling to companies, in-house counsel and corporate ethics and compliance officers who seek to maximize government contracting opportunities while assuring compliance with the law.

Representative Matters:

  • Assists clients in the development of political activity compliance policies and training programs.
  • Advises on corporate ethics.
  • Advises clients on the impact that political contributions may have had on their ability to maintain eligibility for government contracts at the state, county and local level.
  • Defends clients in pay-to-play ineligibility determinations at the state, county and local levels.
  • Represents non-profits on creating independent expenditure political action committees that comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Ms. Freed is a member of the Democratic Task Force and board counsel for the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey. She serves as trustee for Partners for Women and Justice. She has been recognized by New Jersey Law Journal, “Forty Under 40″ (2008) and NJ Biz magazine, “Forty Under 40″ (2010).

She is co-Chair of the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative, which encompasses the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Diversity Initiative. The Inclusionary Initiative focuses on the common goal of fostering better lawyers and serving our clients’ needs.

Publications:

  • “Adoption and Implementation of a Political Activity Compliance Policy: Don’t Let Your Employees’ Individual Political Activities Put Your Company at Risk” (New Jersey Lawyer, June 2014) (co-author)
  • “Independent Expenditures: A Mechanism for Bribery in the Procurement Process?” (New Jersey Lawyer, February 2013) (co-author)
  • “Local Pay-to-Play Restrictions: An Unconstitutional Impingement on First Amendment Rights?” (New Jersey Lawyer, Dec. 2006)
  • “How to Cut through the Confusion of Pay-to-Play” (New Jersey Municipalities, Feb. 2006)
  • “Pervasively Regulated Industries Can Participate Politically” (New Jersey Law Journal, 167 NJLJ 28, January 7, 2002) (co-author)
  • “The Right to Vote and Be Counted: A Liberty at Risk” (The New Jersey Lawyer, April 2005) (co-author)
  • “Pay-to-Play: Political Contributions Doing Business with the Government Must Beware” (New Jersey League of Municipalities Magazine and the New Jersey Business and Industry Magazine, 2004) (co-author)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2001
  • New York, 2002

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2001

  • Tufts University, B.A., 1998