fpepper@reedsmith.com

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Freda joined Reed Smith in 2016 as counsel in the State Tax Group. Her practice is focused on advising companies on unclaimed property issues and guiding clients through unclaimed property audit defense, voluntary disclosure, and unclaimed property controversy matters. She provides legal opinions addressing the ambiguity in state laws and assists her clients in preparing internal policies and procedures for dealing with unclaimed property compliance. Freda has extensive experience in all unclaimed property related matters. She previously served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for the leading unclaimed property consulting and compliance firm. She has counseled and assisted corporations, mutual funds, banks, brokerages and transfer agents with compliance with state unclaimed property laws and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations.

Notable Quotes

  • 10 August 2017 "Delaware's Estimation Method Unchanged in Second Draft Regs" Tax Notes
  • 26 July 2017 "Unclaimed Assets: New Rules, New Ops Headaches" FinOps Report
  • 17 July 2017 "Illinois Unclaimed Property Law Ripe for Future Fight" Bloomberg BNA
  • 3 April 2017 "Del.'s New Escheat Rules Keep Troubling Estimation Methods" Law360

Credentials

  • Villanova University School of Law, 1991, J.D.
  • Pennsylvania State University, 1987, B.S., Finance

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

  • Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization - Government Relations and Advocacy Committee