Reed Harvey

Litigation, Corporate Law, Real PropertyReedV2


Reed joined the Firm in 2012, heads the litigation practice group and practices in the area of corporate law as well.

Reed has practiced law for more than 20 years, successfully representing Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and individuals in both litigation and corporate matters.  Reed’s experience includes five years with the litigation group of an AmLaw 100 international law firm where he handled, among other things, antitrust cases, defamation defense, trademark protection, an investigation by the Department of Justice into a client’s energy trading practices and investigations into the reimbursement of a client’s generic medications under the Medicare program by several state Attorneys General.

Reed co-authored the winning briefs in Kraus v. Trinity Management Services, Inc. (2000) 23 Cal.4th 116, 126, a landmark California Supreme Court decision concerning California’s Unfair Competition Law, and authored the winning briefs in Broden v. Marin Humane Society, 70 Cal.App.4th 1212 (1999). In the latter case, Reed represented the Marin Humane Society in a matter of first impression regarding animal cruelty laws and the use of the “exigent circumstances” exception to the search warrant requirement to protect animals from serious and immediate threat to their health.

Reed’s corporate clients benefit from his extensive litigation background. Having seen first-hand how business relationships fall apart and good intentions go awry, Reed leverages this awareness to protect his clients whether they are establishing a new business or are an existing business entering into an important contract. The primary areas of his transactional practice include:

  • Advising startups on a variety of issues including corporate organization, obtaining and structuring investment and employment related issues
  • Preparing and negotiating commercial agreements, leases, licenses, etc.
  • Advising clients on employment issues

Reed received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in 1992, graduating cum laude.  He was Associate Editor of Fordham Law Review and Associate Managing Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Journal. Before and during law school, Reed was a paralegal at a major international law firm in New York City, working on numerous major corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Reed is admitted to practice before all State and Federal courts in California.