Joe Reiter’s practice focuses on high-stakes, complex litigation. He has successfully represented public entities, private companies, and individuals at both the trial court and appellate level in a wide array of matters involving entertainment, business, tort, and employment disputes.
Mr. Reiter recently secured a complete victory at trial on behalf of the State Bar of California in a high-profile lawsuit brought by its former executive director, Joseph Dunn. After obtaining summary judgment for the State Bar’s former president, Mr. Reiter represented the State Bar in a five-day arbitration and won a complete judgment on Mr. Dunn’s remaining whistleblower retaliation and contract claims. (See “California Bar Wins Over Executive Director In Whistleblower Case” Law360, “Arbitrator Rejects Remainder of Ousted Bar Leader’s Claims” The Recorder.)
Mr. Reiter has obtained early victories in multiple other suits brought by former high-ranking State Bar employees. (See “Calif. Bar Escapes Wrongful Firing Suit Of Dunn Ally” Law360, “Judge Dismisses Former Bar Employee’s Suit” Daily Journal.)
Mr. Reiter also served on the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal after the first day of trial on behalf of Sumner Redstone, chairman emeritus of CBS and Viacom.
Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan at its inception, Mr. Reiter was an associate at Irell & Manella LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Mr. Reiter was a student attorney in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and Articles Editor of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law.
Dunn v. State Bar of California et. al.: Prevailed at trial on behalf of the State Bar of California in a high-profile legal battle brought by its former executive director, Joseph Dunn, winning a complete judgment on Dunn’s claims for whistleblower retaliation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. (See “California Bar Wins Over Executive Director In Whistleblower Case” Law360, “Arbitrator Rejects Remainder of Ousted Bar Leader’s Claims” The Recorder.)
In Re: Advance Health Care Directive of Sumner M. Redstone: Obtained complete dismissal after the first day of trial on behalf of Sumner Redstone, chairman emeritus of CBS and Viacom, in a case challenging his mental competency. (See “Judge dismisses mental competency case against Sumner Redstone,” Los Angeles Times; “Ex-Viacom Chair Beats Competency Suit,” Law360.)
Sorensen v. New Koosharem Corp.: Represented one of the nation’s largest staffing companies in a fraud and commercial real estate dispute against the company’s former chief executive officer that resulted in a favorable settlement for the client on the eve of trial.
Ortega v. Nutraceutical Corp.: Represented Nutraceutical Corporation in a class action alleging false advertising and violation of consumer protection laws.