Charles Reed is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Products Liability Practice. He has defended automotive, aviation, medical device, industrial equipment, recreational product, watercraft, and other manufacturers and distributors in product liability lawsuits, including at trial. Mr. Reed has appeared in courts in practically every region of the country – not just his native Southeast but also the Northeast, Midwest, Mountain Region, Southwest, and West Coast.

In his more than 25 years of litigation experience, Mr. Reed has handled a variety of class actions, including environmental class actions and ones related to cybersecurity and data breaches. He has represented automotive clients in product liability class actions, and has also assisted automotive industry clients in their dealings with various government agencies such as NHTSA. Other types of lawsuits Mr. Reed has managed for his clients include intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, and transportation litigation. He has also guided various document and data collection projects to assist clients in coordinating discovery efforts.

Through his work with Asia-based automotive clients, Mr. Reed became highly knowledgeable of the needs of Asian businesses. This experience, as well as his work defending Japanese manufacturers of boat engines, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and other products, led him to become the co-chair of our Japan Practice. Mr. Reed is also the co-chair of our Chinese Business & Litigation Practice, and represents Chinese manufacturers in product liability litigation in courts across the United States.

Mr. Reed has been named a "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine, named one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend magazine and is an AV® Preeminent peer review rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, Mr. Reed often serves as an instructor on the topics of trial practice and trial techniques. He is also one of four members of our firm’s nationwide Pro Bono Committee, which oversees all pro bono work handled by lawyers across all of our offices.

Professional Presentations

  • "Anatomy of a Trial", Atlanta, March 9, 2018
  • “Successful Underwriting of Product Liability Cases,” Hong Kong, April 27, 2017
  • "Product Liability in the U.S.," Charlotte, NC, January 6, 2015
  • "Product Liability and Product Recall," October 22, 2014
  • Products Liability in the United States, Fuzhou, China, September 11, 2013; Guangzhou, China, September 12, 2013; Hong Kong, September 13, 2013; Shenzhen, China, September 16, 2013; and Nanjing, China, September 17, 2013
  • Marine Claims Handling in the United States, Beijing, China, September 9, 2013 and Shanghai, China, September 18, 2013
  • Practice of Law in the United States, Tianjin, China, September 10, 2013
  • Overview of U.S. Legal System and Insurance Claims, Shanghai, China, May 20 and 21, 2013
  • Anatomy of a Trial," Atlanta, GA, July 23, 2009
  • “U.S. Product Liability Law: Understanding and Managing the Risks,” Munich Germany, October 23, 2007
  • “Annual Symposium on Insurance Litigation,” Washington, D.C., July 24, 2007
  • "Product Liability Issues in the U.S. - What German Companies Need to Know,” Munich, Germany, October 18, 2006

Admissions

Georgia

Colorado

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Mentor, State Bar of Georgia Transition into Law Practice Program
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer (Product Liability), 2017

Education

Mercer University School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1990

Louisiana State University

Bachelor of Science, 1986

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