Sara A. Lima

Sara A. Lima



  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2002, J.D., cum laude; Recipient of the Albert Friedman Award; Paul Willig Scholar; Temple Beasley Scholar, Member of the Law Review
  • Vassar College, 1999, B.A., cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Sara focuses her practice on advising companies on unclaimed property issues. Sara guides 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. Sara is a frequent speaker on unclaimed property issues and is co-chair of the Government Relations Advocacy Committee of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (“UPPO”). Sara’s work before the Uniform Law Commission and Delaware Senate Unclaimed Property Task Force on behalf of UPPO earned Reed Smith the 2015 UPPO Award of Merit. Sara represents clients in a wide variety of industries. She has experience practicing before administrative tribunals in several states, as well as before state and federal courts.

Sara's pro bono practice focuses on representing children in various immigration matters. She has been successful in assisting children obtain asylum status, permanent residence, and humanitarian parole and her work in this area has been featured on ABC, CBS, and Fox news programs.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
  • 2005 - Dechert
  • 2002 - Blank Rome

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Co-Chair of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization Government Relations Advocacy Committee, 2017-2018

Notable Quotes

  • 4 May 2016 "Pennsylvania Conducting Audits to Find Unclaimed Securities, Practitioners Say" Tax Notes