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ATTORNEY PROFILES

M. LEE REEDER SHAREHOLDER

Fla Bar flame 2M. Lee Reeder, Esq.

PRACTICE AREAS

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

M. Lee Reeder is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.  This distinction places Mr. Reeder in the top 1% of all Florida attorneys with respect to his expertise in the field of Civil Trial Law.  Board Certification is the only criteria sanctioned by the Florida Bar for specialization in the field of Civil Trial Law.

Mr. Reeder is also an AV-Preeminent rated lawyer who has extensive courtroom experience in Georgia and Florida state courts involving first party insurance, personal injury, worker’s compensation, nursing home and assisted living facility, and commercial transaction cases. Mr. Reeder has represented homeowners, injured parties, builders and land developers, as well as professional athletes.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Reeder graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Mr. Reeder continued his education at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL where he received his juris doctorate. During law school, Mr. Reeder was a member of Stetson’s Moot Court Board and Trial Team while also working as the only law clerk at a busy Plaintiff’s litigation firm in Tampa.

Following law school, Mr. Reeder worked as a litigation associate for one of Tampa’s busiest Plaintiff’s litigation firms where he gained significant experience in the court room. During this time, Mr. Reeder first and second chaired numerous jury trials and arbitration proceedings throughout central and south Florida. After several years working on the Plaintiff’s side, Mr. Reeder accepted a position in Pensacola, Florida with one of the largest insurance defense firms along the Gulf Coast. During his time in Pensacola, he represented some of the biggest insurance companies in the world. While working as a defense attorney, Mr. Reeder gained additional trial experience by first and second chairing trials across north Florida. He was instrumental in opening the firm’s Atlanta office and was the primary attorney handling all of the firm’s Georgia cases. Mr. Reeder defended insurance companies as well as one of the nation’s largest companies specializing in private security that was responsible for the security of numerous shopping malls nationwide.

Mr. Reeder’s calling was always to represent Plaintiffs rather than insurance companies and after learning the insurance defense side of the law, Mr. Reeder accepted a position with a very successful creditor rights firm in Atlanta. He represented homeowners, builders, and developers against banks and other financial institutions throughout Georgia and Florida. Mr. Reeder came back to Tampa in May of 2013 specifically as a trial attorney for Marshall Thomas Burnett, Florida’s largest and most successful Plaintiff’s sinkhole litigation firm. Over the course of the next year and a half, Mr. Reeder tried eleven civil jury trials in the Tampa Bay area. In January of 2015, Mr. Reeder partnered with Josh Burnett and Matt Wilson to form the law firm Burnett Wilson Reeder.

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Florida Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Georgia Bar
EDUCATION
  •  Stetson University College of Law (J.D.)
    • Moot Court Board
      • Best Oralist – Stetson’s Phelps Dunbar Moot Court Competition
      • Semi-Finalist – Orseck Moot Court Competition (Boca Raton FL)
      • Octo-Finalist – IT and Privacy International Competition (Chicago IL)
    • Trial Team
      • ATLA Regional Trial Team Competition (Atlanta GA)
  • Georgia State University (B.A.)