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Lee C. Reid

Litigation Practice Group Leader

Lee Reid joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and practices in the areas of education, government relations, economic development, aerospace and litigation. These practice areas encompass a wide range of subject matters, including assistance in administrative processes, contract drafting and negotiation, federal contracting, lobbying, public finance, corporate law, general administrative practice, general business advice and business capture and general business disputes.

Lee serves as one of the firm's Litigation Practice Group Leaders. In this capacity, Lee manages Adams and Reese’s litigation practice across its 19 offices, located in eight states and the District of Columbia, comprising approximately 160 attorneys.

Lee has also been at the forefront of charter school law in Louisiana since the beginning of the movement. Now considered one of the state’s most accomplished attorneys on charter school law, Lee has guided many of the charter schools in Louisiana through the charter application process.  He assists in all operational aspects of charter schools, drafting legislation and policy at the local and state level, representing schools on various study groups and assisting in the formation of charter school organizations, while working with state and local school officials. In this arena, he has represented a diverse array of stakeholders and dedicated uncountable hours of pro bono assistance to these efforts.

In his economic development practice, Lee worked to bring to fruition one of the largest economic development projects in the State of Louisiana: the Federal City Project. Serving as lead attorney on the Federal City Project, representing the New Orleans Federal Alliance, (NOFA), Lee worked with the State of Louisiana, City of New Orleans, the Algiers Development District, United States Department of the Navy and the United States Marine Corps to retain 1,900 Marine Force Reservists in New Orleans. Using public finance and tax credits to construct world-class facilities for the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, the project includes conversion of the Historic Naval Support Activity – West Bank in Algiers to a public-private development.

In 2003, Lee served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), during the investigation into the Columbia shuttle disaster. He took a leave of absence from Adams and Reese and worked to assess the legal needs of the Agency, formulating timely and workable response plans and meeting with search teams and governmental representatives from the debris fields in Hemphill, Texas, to Washington, DC. Lee’s efforts led to a “by-name” appointment to the Return to Flight Implementation Team, and he was awarded the NASA Astronaut’s Personal Achievement Award, the “Silver Snoopy,” in recognition of this work.

Lee currently serves on the Arts Council of New Orleans, appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans. As a former Chair of the New Orleans Public Library Board, Lee oversaw the construction of five new libraries and rehabilitation or renovation of five others as part of post-Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation efforts. Lee also serves on the Board of Directors for Infinity Science Center and Café Reconcile.

He is a Past President of the Young Leadership Council, an organization of over 1,400 members who create, run, fund, and oversee ongoing community service projects in the New Orleans metro area.