Michael H. Reed

Michael H. Reed

Special Counsel
Fellow of The Pepper Center for Public Service

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4416    Fax: 215.981.4750


"Highly experienced in bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters, with particular expertise in representing creditors' committees." -- Chambers USA 2015

Michael H. Reed is special 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 commercial 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) (2004-05) 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 has served on four bankruptcy judge merit selection committees for the Eastern (3) and Middle (1) Districts of Pennsylvania, to which he was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, during 1992-93, 2000, 2014 and 2016. He chaired the 2000 Committee.

Mr. Reed formerly chaired the American Bar Association’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 Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession. Active in the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the ABA’s Section of Business Law for over 25 years, Mr. Reed previously chaired its Subcommittee on Secured Creditors (co-chair), Subcommittee on Committees, Subcommittee on Avoiding Powers, Subcommittee on Mass Tort and Environmental Claims and Subcommittee on Labor and Employment Law.  He also previously served on the Business Law 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. Mr. Reed served for six years as a member of the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) Board, to which he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Mr. Reed has lectured 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).

Mr. Reed appeared on brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1395 (2014).

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 a trustee of Temple University and vice chairman of the board of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. He was a member of the Committee of Seventy for thirty 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.


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1972
  • B.A., Political Science, Temple University, 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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