Joe Reiter is a trial and appellate lawyer with broad experience litigating high-stakes, complex disputes. He has successfully litigated contract, employment, class action, and tort cases, obtaining numerous victories at trial, through dispositive motions, and on appeal.
Mr. Reiter has significant experience defending corporations and government entities in wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, and False Claims Act disputes. Mr. Reiter recently helped obtain a complete defense verdict on behalf of the California Institute of Technology after a four-week trial involving claims of whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination. Mr. Reiter also prevailed at trial on behalf of the State Bar of California in a high-profile whistleblower retaliation and contract dispute, and he obtained the dismissal of claims against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and seven of its partners.
Mr. Reiter also has an active appellate practice. Mr. Reiter drafted the successful petition for a writ of certiorari and merits briefing in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, 586 U.S. ___ (2019). The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided the case in our client’s favor in a decision that has significant implications for class actions and civil procedure.
In every case, Mr. Reiter uses his courtroom experience, creative strategies, and aggressive approach to streamline litigation and achieve the client’s desired result.
Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan at its inception, Mr. Reiter was an associate at Irell & Manella LLP where he handled commercial and entertainment litigation.
Roumi v. California Institute of Technology. Complete defense verdict for Caltech after a four-week trial in a wrongful termination suit in which a former researcher claimed the school retaliated against him for allegedly exposing the misuse of government funds. Dr. Roumi, who sought tens of millions of dollars in damages, was hired to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy, but ultimately failed. (See “Jury gives CalTech complete win over former researcher’s claims,” Daily Journal; “Hueston Hennigan Beats Back Whistleblower Claim Against CalTech ,” The American Lawyer).
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).
Nutraceutical v. Lambert. Obtained a unanimous opinion at the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of Nutraceutical. The Court adopted our arguments that the Rule 23(f) deadline to file an interlocutory appeal of a class-certification decision, and all other mandatory claim-processing rules, are unsusceptible to equitable exceptions. This preserves our victory at the lower court, where Hueston Hennigan obtained decertification of the putative plaintiff class.
Botta v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP et. al. Representing PricewaterhouseCoopers in employment action alleging violations of Sarbanes-Oxley, whistleblower retaliation, defamation, and breach of contract. Secured a complete dismissal of all claims against seven partners on a motion to dismiss.
Kinzer v. Allegiant Air, LLC et. al. Represented Allegiant Airlines in a wrongful termination and defamation case brought by former pilot Jason Kinzer.
Rocco v. SAP America Inc., et. al. Representing Deloitte Consulting in qui tam False Claims Act litigation.
Siu v. Choice Hotels International, Inc. et. al. Representing a leading timeshare vacations company in a class action alleging privacy violations.
Oehler / Layton / Noonen v. State Bar of California et. al. Represent the State Bar and individual defendants in multiple lawsuits brought by former executive employees alleging wrongful termination, defamation, and tortious interference. Mr. Reiter has secured early victories at the pleading stage in several of these actions. (See “Calif. Bar Escapes Wrongful Firing Suit Of Dunn Ally” Law360, “Judge Dismisses Former Bar Employee’s Suit” Daily Journal.)
In Re: Advance Health Care Directive of Sumner M. Redstone. Obtained complete dismissal after the first day of trial on behalf of Mr. 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.