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Irene C. Freidel

Practice Area Leader - Litigation
Fax +1.617.261.3175

Ms. Freidel has extensive experience representing financial institutions, including banks, loan servicers, and mortgage companies, and other clients in complex commercial disputes, including in federal, state, and multi-state class action litigation. Ms. Freidel has represented companies in all regions of the United States, including in Massachusetts and throughout New England, as well as Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

Ms. Freidel has participated in the trial of jury cases in state and federal courts, appeared before the Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL), and prepared appellate briefs and presented argument in state and federal appellate courts.  Ms. Freidel has also acted as national coordinating counsel on significant litigation issues that have impacted clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

Ms. Freidel has participated in the defense of financial institutions and other business entities in matters that have concerned a full range of consumer finance issues, as well as residential-mortgage backed securities, and other types of financial transactions.  She has litigated challenges under state unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes (such as Massachusetts General Law Chapter 93A and California Business and Professions Code § 17200), state analogs to the various federal consumer protection statutes, contract and common law disputes, and under federal statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

Ms. Freidel has been named a “Best Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News and World Report since 2015.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association (Litigation Section/Class Actions Sub-Committee and Business Law Section/ Consumer Financial Services Committee)
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Director, Mass Rivers Alliance, 2013-2015
  • Co-President, Littleton Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Littleton, MA, 2006-2007
  • Director, Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, 2000-2004
  • Pro Bono counsel, Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Member of Women Attorney Magazine/Rule of Law Initiative Delegation of Women Law Professionals to Peoples’ Republic of China, June 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • “Hot Topics in FinTech Litigation,” K&L Gates Live Webinar Presentation, David D. Christensen and Irene C. Freidel, August 2016
  • “Class Action Settlements From Start To Finish,” K&L Gates Live Webinar Presentation, David D. Christensen and Irene C. Freidel, May 2016
  • “When Does A Class Action Claim Become Moot? Considerations and Strategies for Counsel After Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez,” Strafford’s live webinar, March 15, 2016.
  • “The Mortgage Lifecycle: Litigation Hotspots From Origination Through Foreclosure,” K&L Gates Live Webinar Presentation, by Irene C. Freidel, Brian M. Forbes, Robert W. Sparkes, III, and Jennifer Janeira Nagle, February 24, 2016.
  • “RESPA Update: Lighthouse, and PHH, and MSAs, oh my,” (Panel Presentation), 2016 Consumer Financial Services Committee Meeting, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Park City, UT, January 11, 2016.
  • “Rule 68 Offers of Judgment in Putative Class Actions: Litigation Strategies Given Growing Circuit Split,” Strafford’s live webinar, June 16, 2015.
  • “Strategies For Resolving Class Actions And Class Settlement Trends,” at ACI’s 18th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, April 8, 2014, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Defend national mortgage lender in a class action, including through a successful jury trial, in connection with claims brought under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, and for negligent misrepresentation, fraud, civil conspiracy and restitution/unjust enrichment arising from an affiliated business arrangement;
  • Serve as national coordinating and defense counsel for major mortgage servicer in connection with approximately 20 putative class actions alleging state law claims arising in connection with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (“HAMP”);
  • Serve as national coordinating counsel for major servicer in connection with individual and class action claims arising from foreclosure practices;
  • Represented loan servicer and master servicer against investor claims arising from residential-mortgage backed securities.
  • Represented RMBS trustee in connection with claims filed in Vermont that the interest rates on ARM loans were subject to LIBOR rigging.
  • Defend national bank in connection with qui tam claims filed in federal court in Georgia alleging violations of the False Claims Act in connection with VA-guaranteed loans.
  • Defend mortgage lenders in federal class actions in Boston and Chicago alleging disparate impact discrimination under Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Fair Housing Act;
  • Defend national settlement service provider in putative class action in Massachusetts alleging claims for tortious interference with business expectancies and unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of Mass. Gen. L. ch. 93A based on the defendants’ alleged unauthorized practice of law with respect to real estate settlement services;
  • Defend national mortgage lender in a class action alleging violations of the unauthorized practice of law provisions of the Texas Government Code §§ 83.001, et seq. in connection with the preparation of documents affecting title to real estate;
  • Defend financial institution in putative class action in Delaware alleging indirect liability claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing in connection with alleged overcharges for the enforcement of mortgage instruments;
  • Defend mortgage loan securitizer in putative class action alleging violations of various Maryland lending laws and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act based on the purported charging and collecting of illegal fees and interest on loans originated, purchased and/or serviced by a third-party mortgage lender;
  • Defend mortgage lenders in putative class actions alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in connection with the mailing of “firm offers of credit;”
  • Defend clothing retailer in putative class action involving breach of contract in connection with vendor chargebacks;
  • Defend car manufacturer against personal injury claim in connection with allegedly defective gear mechanism;
  • Defend manufacturer against claims related to allegedly defective cookware products; and
  • Defend baby food manufacturer in class action alleging false advertising regarding nutritional value of food products.