"The 'exceptionally smart' Michael Reed brings extensive experience to the practice and is highly regarded for his insolvency work with debtors, individual creditors and committees." — Chambers USA
Michael H. Reed is of counsel in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group and concentrates his practice in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency law. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Law Institute.
Mr. Reed is a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and was the first person of color to lead the PBA. He previously served as chairman of the House of Delegates of the PBA and as a member of the association’s board of governors.
During 1998–99, Mr. Reed was a member of the Lawyers’ Local Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which helped draft the new local bankruptcy rules adopted for the district effective February 1, 1999. During 1997–98, he served a one-year term as chairman of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference. Mr. Reed served on two bankruptcy judge merit selection committees for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to which he was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, during 1992–93 and 2000, when he also chaired the committee.
Mr. Reed chairs the American Bar Association’s (ABA's) Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements and is the State Delegate for Pennsylvania in the ABA House of Delegates. He previously served on the ABA’s Board of Governors and the Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession. Active in the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the ABA’s Section of Business Law, Mr. Reed co-chairs its Subcommittee on secured creditors, and he previously chaired the Subcommittee on Committees, the Subcommittee on Avoiding Powers, the Subcommittee on Mass Tort and Environmental Claims and the Subcommittee on Labor and Employment Law. He also previously served on the Section’s Publications Board.
Mr. Reed is a past member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry & Review Board and a former chairman of the Professional Guidance (Ethics) Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and as first vice president of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Mr. Reed to a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) Board.
Mr. Reed lectures nationally and regionally on bankruptcy matters and has been an adjunct professor at Temple Law School (1989; bankruptcy) and Rutgers-Camden Law School (1983, 1985; bankruptcy and secured transactions).
In March 2011, Mr. Reed was appointed to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, and he has served as chairman of the board since December 2012. Mr. Reed also serves as vice chairman of the board of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Committee of Seventy for 30 years and previously served on the boards of The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and The Episcopal Hospital of Philadelphia. He also previously served as a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Reed joined the firm in 1972 and was elected a partner in 1980. Mr. Reed is married to Yalta Gilmore-Reed. The Reeds have two children, Alexandra and Michael, Jr.