Rebecca Moll Freed

Rebecca Moll Freed, Partner in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office, is the Director of the Corporate Political Activity Law and the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group. She is also a member of the Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group.

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 Corporate Political Activity Law Group, the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organization Practice Group and the 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 on the Far Hills County Day School Parents’ Committee as the school’s co-Chair of Common Ground Speaks, an initiative that sponsors a free lecture series featuring distinguished speakers who address topics related to child development, parenting and education. Ms. Freed is currently involved in the Newark Scholars Program, which provides full scholarships to Newark Academy to deserving students from the City of Newark. Ms. Freed served as a trustee for Partners for Women and Justice from November of 2011 to November 2014. Ms. Freed has been recognized by New Jersey Law Journal, “Forty Under 40″ (2008) and NJ Biz Magazine, “Forty Under 40″ (2010). Ms. Freed was honored by Newark Academy as a “Woman of Distinction” for the Class of 1994 for her contributions to the legal industry and to the community (2014).

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.  Ms. Freed also serves as the firm’s point Marketing Partner and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Marketing Department.

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