Charles Reed is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Products Liability Practice. Mr. Reed is an experienced trial attorney who has defended clients across the country in complex civil litigation. He handles the defense of product liability cases for manufacturers and distributors, intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation and transportation litigation. He has defended automotive, general aviation engine, medical device, industrial equipment, recreational product, watercraft and tool and other manufacturers and distributors in product liability lawsuits. Additionally, he handles patent litigation and class actions.

His litigation experience is domestic and international in scope. Mr. Reed and his team have guided various document and data collection projects to assist clients in coordinating discovery efforts. Additionally, Mr. Reed has assisted automotive industry clients in their dealings with various government agencies such as NHTSA. 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 and serves as a member of Lewis Brisbois' Pro Bono Committee. 

Professional Presentations

  • “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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