Attorney Gregory L. Reed
Mr. Reed’s father was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. As a result, Mr. Reed spent several years of his young life in Europe and in Japan. The family settled in Houston, Texas, after his father’s retirement. Mr. Reed became interested in public speaking and debate during his high school years. He excelled and won the UIL state championship in debate. Mr. Reed was recruited by several universities and eventually decided to accept a full scholarship from Houston Baptist University. At 20, Mr. Reed applied for and was accepted into the Houston Police Academy. He graduated from the Academy with distinction and was immediately assigned to work as a patrol officer. It was during his time in uniform, patrolling the streets of Houston, that Mr. Reed developed a serious interest in becoming a lawyer. He saw injustices that could not be adequately resolved by the criminal justice system alone—horrific injuries caused by drunk drivers, families destroyed by the loss of loved ones. He continued working toward his undergraduate degree by going to college part time while working full time on the police force. Mr. Reed was promoted after only two years and became one of the youngest Sergeants on the force. He received Department Commendations and a Life Saving Award while in uniform. During his fifth year on the force, Mr. Reed moved to plain clothes and began working as a detective. He investigated crimes involving both property issues and personal injury.
Mr. Reed completed his undergraduate work at the University of Houston Downtown. The Downtown campus was next door to the main police station so attending college while working full time was not as burdensome as it otherwise might have been. Upon his graduation in 1988, Mr. Reed applied for and was accepted into the University Of Texas School Of Law. He resigned from the Houston Police Department and moved to Austin to begin law school and a new career.
From the start of law school, it was clear that Mr. Reed would distinguish himself from other students. He was the only first year student, out of over five hundred first year students, selected to participate on a Moot Court team representing the University of Texas Law School against every other law school in the state of Texas. The team won its regional competition and Mr. Reed, as a first year law student, was named best speaker. His success continued during his second and third years as well. Mr. Reed won the State Bar Moot Court competition and was named best speaker. One of his teammates was his current partner, Lonnie Roach. He competed in and won the National Trial Competition and was named best speaker. That competition invites every law school in the United States. It had been more than ten years since a team from the University of Texas had won the national championship. By the end of his law school career, Mr. Reed had become one of the most highly decorated advocacy students to ever attend the University Of Texas School Of Law. As a result of his success and hard work, he was awarded the prestigious Niemann Cup, which goes to the single outstanding advocacy student.
While attending law school and competing in advocacy events, Mr. Reed also worked as an investigator for Spivey, Grigg, Kelly & Knisely, a personal injury trial firm in Austin, Texas. It was this exposure to representing victims of accidents and civil torts that led Mr. Reed to his interest in plaintiff’s work. In many ways, his work with the Houston Police Department prepared him for working with plaintiffs as well. Police work and representing plaintiffs as an attorney both involve working with individuals who have been wronged. A plaintiff’s attorney seeks justice on behalf of his client just as a policeman does with a victim of crime. Broadus Spivey, former president of the State Bar of Texas, advised Mr. Reed that trial experience was needed before jumping into plaintiff’s work. Mr. Spivey recommended working for a defense firm out of law school or going to the district attorney’s office.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Reed took an associate position at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P., in Austin, Texas. He worked as a litigation attorney and was immediately thrown into trial practice. During his time at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, Mr. Reed became active in bar events. He was elected to a Director’s position with the Austin Young Lawyers Association. He was also appointed as an adjunct professor at the University Of Texas School Of Law working with the advocacy teams.
In 1993, Mr. Reed began discussions with his former law school classmate, Lonnie Roach, about starting a personal injury law firm. Given that they each had less than three years of experience, Mr. Reed and Mr. Roach asked Lloyd Bemis if he would be interested in starting a personal injury firm. The firm was founded as “Bemis, Roach & Reed” in late 1993 and continues with the same members today.
Greg Reed is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Mr. Reed as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer. He was named to the Super Lawyers list in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Only five percent of lawyers in the state were selected.
The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practices of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to superlawyers.com. The first Super Lawyers list was published in 1991, and by 2009, the rating service had expanded nationwide. In February 2010 Super Lawyers was acquired by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals.
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Greg is also the recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell® ten-year anniversary award for time period 2002-2012, Rated AV® Preeminent™—the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world’s most trusted legal resource.
Mr. Reed is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts. He is admitted to practice in the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Federal United States District Courts in Texas. He is also licensed to practice at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. One of his proudest professional accomplishments is his membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. The American Board of Trial Advocates has a very exclusive membership. You must have significant first chair jury trial experience and be invited to join. All attorneys can litigate, few can excel in front of juries.
At Bemis, Roach & Reed, Mr. Reed has focused his practice on litigation in several different areas. He has successfully tried numerous personal injury cases and general business litigation cases, generally on behalf of plaintiffs. Mr. Reed specializes in cases with individuals who have been injured or are otherwise disabled and are forced to seek Social Security Disability support or support through other disability benefits plans.
It is no small accomplishment that the bulk of his clients come by way of referral. Satisfied clients are the best source of referrals. Referrals from lawyers familiar with his skill set and reputation also make up a large part of his client base
Mr. Reed is married to Diane. Until 2012, Diane worked as a paralegal for a family law firm in Austin, Texas. She was Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and in Family Law. They have a small ranch in San Saba county and go out there regularly. His interests outside of work include golf and travel.
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Author: Attorney Greg Reed has been practicing law for 29 years. He is Superlawyers rated by Thomson Reuters and is Top AV Preeminent® and Client Champion Gold rated by Martindale Hubbell. Through his extensive litigation Mr. Reed obtained board certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Greg is admitted to practice in the United States District Court – all Texas Districts and the United States Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit. Mr. Reed is a member of the Travis County Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, past Director of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, and an Associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Reed and all the members of Bemis, Roach & Reed have been active participants in the Travis County Lawyer referral service.
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