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Reed, Kevin S.

Kevin S. Reed

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7160
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Mr. Reed is an experienced commercial litigator and former federal prosecutor with a broad range of expertise. His practice areas include insurance, intellectual property and trade secrets, sovereign debt, employment, defamation, securities and deal-related disputes. He has tried to verdict more than a dozen trials and arbitrations and is an experienced appellate advocate, as well, with numerous arguments in the Second Circuit, the New York Appellate Division and the Supreme Court of Delaware.

Mr. Reed is also well versed in white collar matters and corporate internal investigations.  He has counseled both corporations and individuals in a variety of criminal and quasi-criminal matters, including matters pending before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • Mr. Reed has represented and counseled clients such as AIG, IBM, American Express, Mercuria, and Fifth Third Bank in various commercial matters.
  • Mr. Reed also represents several hedge funds and private equity funds, including Elliott Management, HPM Partners, StoneCastle Partners, LibertyView Capital Management, Platinum Equity, and Trellus Management, in a wide range of deal-related and other matters.
  • Represents IBM in a dispute with a competitor claiming broad rights as a licensee in software code underpinning the IBM Watson system that successfully competed on the television program Jeopardy!
  • Represents AIG in Article 77 proceedings concerning the distribution of 9-figure settlements owed to AIG and other investors in RMBS.
  • Represents Ferroport, a Brazilian port operater, in dual arbitrations concerning a disputed force majeure event in connection with the breakdown of a slurry pipeline.
  • Represents AmTrust Financial Services in RICO action alleging bribery and corruption in connection with a 9-figure arbitration.
  • Served as litigation and strategic counsel to AIG in a multi-pronged dispute with former AIG CEO Maurice R. Greenberg and the C. V. Starr & Co. organization concerning ownership of more than $1 billion of insurance business.
  • Represented Elliott Associates in matters against Argentina and the Republic of the Congo seeking to collect on hundreds of millions of dollars of defaulted sovereign debt.
  • Served as litigation and trial counsel to AIG in a reinsurance dispute, comprising three consolidated actions, in which AIG seeks to compel a reinsurer to meet its obligation to pay nine-figure losses.
  • Represents LibertyView Capital Management in action seeking declaratory judgment on 9 figure contract claim arising from sale of LBIE claims.
  • Represented Elliott Associates in connection with massive fraud perpetrated by Marc Dreier and pursued claims to recover on $100 million loss.
  • Represented StoneCastle Partners in 8-figure contract and fiduciary duty dispute with terminated partner.
  • Representing two Major League Baseball players in defamation action arising from allegations of steroid use.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in preparing for re-trial of Coleman (Parent) Holding, Inc. v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., a matter in which Morgan Stanley had been accused of fraud and had incurred a $1.5 billion judgment.
  • Represented AIG in a series of RICO and fraud class actions alleging nationwide underreporting of workers compensation premiums to state insurance regulators.
  • Represented XE Capital and affiliates in a multi-pronged dispute, involving both litigation and arbitration, with a partner in a "life settlement" joint venture arising out of the partner's failure to deliver approximately $30 million in commissions into the joint venture.
  • Represented former officers and directors of GT Telecom in case brought by JP Morgan Chase on behalf of holders of more than $700 million in notes and obtained dismissal of all claims.
  • Represented Brazilian individual in insider trading investigation and secured non-prosecution agreement.
  • Represented former division controller of Collins & Aikman in joint Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of alleged accounting irregularities, which has resulted in indictment of former CEO David Stockman and others.
  • Represented hedge fund in arbitration against third-party marketer claiming rights to tens of millions in commissions on inflows and appreciation and obtained decision limiting commissions to less than $1 million.
  • Represented Credit Suisse in arbitration against key senior investment banker in financial services sector who sought to void non-compete and obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions forcing banker to abide by full one-year non-compete period.
  • Served as one of three lead prosecutors in a three-month racketeering and mail fraud trial in which the owners and senior managers of a postal sorting company were convicted of perpetrating a $20 million fraud on the United States Postal Service.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1993)
    • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy:
      • Senior Editor, 1991-1993
  • University of Texas at Austin
    (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1990)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
  • Assistant United States Attorney:
    • Southern District of New York, 1997-2001
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz:
    • Associate, 1995-1997
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Loretta A. Preska:
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Recognized by Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America –  Commercial Litigation, inc. Insurance, IP, Securities, 2024
  • Selected as a SuperLawyer, 2013-2018
  • "Criminal Anti-Profit Statutes and the First Amendment:
  • Simon & Schuster, Inc. v. New York Crime Victims Board,"
  • 15 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 1060 (1992)