James Reed is a partner at J. Ernest Baird, P.C., in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Reed is a 1988 graduate of Columbia Law School and a 1985 graduate of the University of Kansas. He is admitted in Arizona and before the Third, Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has been practicing in the area of construction law, focusing on lien and bond rights, for 25 years, and has been a lecturer for NACM and other organizations on lien and bond law for the past 15 years, including at the 2004 NACM Credit Congress.
Mr. Reed has represented national and international construction companies at all phases of construction in disputes in Arizona, Nevada, California, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. He argued and won the first “joint check rule” case in the Nevada Supreme Court, which has applied to every construction project in Nevada since 1998. His recent legal work has focused on concrete and heavy equipment payment rights and litigation.
Mr. Reed’s trial and arbitration work includes a three-week trial in the nationally-reported case of Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive undercover agent Jay Dobyns v. United States. The case was featured in NEWSWEEK, the Washington Post, CNN, the Arizona Republic and the Wall Street Journal, and as distant as the UK’s DAILY MAIL. In the area of antitrust and patent law, the national law daily LAW360 quoted from a federal appellate brief which Mr. Reed filed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015 in the mammoth pharmaceutical industry lawsuit of Mylan v. Warner Chilcott.
Mr. Reed recently ended his three year term on the Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Arizona, following six years as a member of the State Bar Appointments Committee. He received the Arizona Supreme Court’s “Access to Swift Fair Justice” Award at the 2006 Arizona Judicial Conference for his work in ensuring federal regulatory compliance regarding public disability access to Arizona courthouses statewide, and the Arizona Republic named Mr. Reed as one of its nine “Amazing Arizonans” for 2015.