James S. Reed has over 20 years of experience representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation matters. He is the co-founder of White & Reed LLP which was established in 1997. He is one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California and brings a tenacity to trial preparation and trial that ensures maximum results for the firm’s clients. Mr. Reed has obtained over $100 million in settlements and judgments for his clients in business litigation, wrongful death, personal injury and product liability cases, sexual assault and abuse cases, environmental and toxic tort matters, intellectual property cases, civil rights cases, and labor and employment cases, including wrongful termination and discrimination actions.
The judgments Mr. Reed has obtained on behalf of his clients include judgments totaling over $43 million in cases arising from the Hill Williams investment fraud scheme in Orange County, a $20 million judgment against Walter J. Hoyt & Sons, arising from a fraudulent cattle partnership scheme, and a $6.2 million verdict in a wrongful death case against the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, one of the largest public premises/wrongful death verdicts of that year. Mr. Reed has represented clients in state trial courts throughout Southern and Northern California as well as Illinois, the California Courts of Appeal, United States District Courts in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Sacramento and New York, United States Bankruptcy Courts in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Nevada and Alaska. He has been listed as a top lawyer in Los Angeles by Pasadena Magazine. He is a member of the bar in both California and Illinois. Mr. Reed is a native of the south side of Chicago, where he was a high school All-American in basketball. He is a 1992 graduate of UCLA School of Law and a 1986 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He graduated with academic honors from Notre Dame, where he obtained his bachelor in business administration degree with a major in accounting from the Mendoza College of Business, currently ranked as the number one undergraduate business program in the United States by many publications. Mr. Reed was also recognized by the University as a Notre Dame Scholar, a prestigious award conferred upon only the top students at Notre Dame. After graduation from Notre Dame, Mr. Reed first worked as an accountant for top-end accounting firm Arthur Andersen in Chicago and New Jersey where he participated in the audits of banks, manufacturers, casinos, and investment companies such as First Chicago Bank and Trust, MM Mars Candies, Nuveen Investments, Dynamit Nobel of America and Adler Royal. Thereafter, he moved to California and joined Western Waste Industries, one of California's largest waste management companies and a California Fortune 100 company where he worked as an assistant controller in the Los Angeles Division – the largest division of the company and their corporate headquarters. He was subsequently promoted to controller of the Los Angeles Division at the age of 24. Prior to founding White & Reed LLP, Mr. Reed worked as an associate at the Los Angeles law firm Girardi/ Keese, one of the top plaintiffs litigation firms in the United States. At the Girardi firm, Mr. Reed worked primarily on catastrophic personal injury and business litigation cases where he obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements. In addition, Mr. Reed was co-counsel with premier trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi in the trial of Batfilm Productions v. Warner Bros. a Hollywood “net profits” case involving the Batman motion pictures. This lengthy trial was the predecessor to the case of Art Buchwald v. Paramount Pictures and Eddie Murphy, and was a leading story in Los Angeles and in the motion picture industry.