William N. Reed - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

William N. Reed

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 601-351-2410

William N. Reed, shareholder in the Jackson office, concentrates his practice in complex commercial and tort litigation, including toxic torts, contract, license, banking, intellectual property, insurance coverage and class action disputes. Mr. Reed has tried more than 125 cases in federal and state courts in 10 states and has handled appeals in Mississippi and four federal circuits.  He served as President and COO of the Firm from 1998 to 2005.

University of MississippiBA 1972University of Mississippi School of LawJ.D. 1977

Case History

Select Reported Cases
  • WMS Industries, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 2010 WL 2711084 (5th Circuit) (insurance bad faith/business income loss)
  • Marmillion v. American International Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4514375 (S.D. Miss.) (insurance bad faith)
  • Tuepker v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 507 F.3d 346 (5th Cir. 2007) (property insurance coverage/anti-concurrent cause provision)
  • Guice v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2007 WL 912120 (S.D. Miss.) (property insurance coverage class action denial)
  • McFarland v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2006 WL 2577852 (S.D. Miss.) (severance of insurance bad faith claims)
  • Guice v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2006 WL 2359474 (S.D. Miss.) (property insurance coverage class action denial)
  • Employers Mut. Cas. Co. v. Lennox Int’l, Inc., 375 F. Supp. 2d 500 (S. D. Miss. 2005) (insurance coverage choice of law)
  • Jowett v. Scruggs, 729 So. 2d 825 (Miss. App. 2004) (minority shareholder rights)
  • Buchman v. BASF Corp., 2004 WL 1562733 (5th Cir.) (breach of lease agreement)
  • ConAgra, Inc. v. Country Skillet Catfish Co., 2004 WL 190205 (5th Cir.) (ERISA benefits)
  • Sweeney v. Sherwin Williams Co., 304 F. Supp. 2d 868 (S. D. Miss. 2004) (lead paint personal injury)  
  • Jefferson Cty. Sch. Dist. v. Lead Industries Ass’n, Inc., 223 F. Supp. 2d 771 (S. D. Miss. 2002) (lead paint personal injury)

Client Comments

"In handling complex multi-hundred million dollar transnational arbitration and litigation, Bill brings intelligence, insight, speed, organization, balance, and strategy to bear in a fashion that enables effective decision making and optimizes outcomes. Bill never loses the client's perspective and excels with the practicalities of litigation as well as its outcome."

-Jamie Egan
Chief Operating Officer
Sucampo Pharmaceutical

"William Reed is an excellent leader of an outstanding arbitration team on a major arbitration matter. He is an accomplished pharmaceutical industry advocate on complex licensing and commercialization matters."

-Jamie Egan
Chief Operating Officer
Sucampo Pharmaceutical

"William Reed is an outstanding litigator. He is a great litigation team leader who effectively communicates the common sense of very complex matters to the uninitiated with great personal ease and warmth. Mr. Reed is a brilliant communicator, astute analyst and compelling advocate both in court and in the board room. "

-Jamie Egan
Chief Operating Officer
Sucampo Pharmaceutical

Office Location

One Eastover Center, Suite 400
100 Vision Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Class Actions, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, Defendants, Insurance, Large Case Litigation)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Insurance)