Joseph Reiter is a trial and appellate lawyer with broad experience litigating high-stakes, complex disputes. He has successfully litigated contract, class action, employment, whistleblower retaliation, False Claims Act, and tort cases, obtaining numerous victories at trial, through dispositive motions, and on appeal.
Mr. Reiter has had a key role in a number of high-profile trials. Recently, he examined and second-chaired witnesses, argued pretrial motions, and obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of the California Institute of Technology after a four-week jury trial in Los Angeles. Mr. Reiter also represented the State Bar of California in a whistleblower retaliation and contract dispute brought by the organization’s former executive director. After obtaining the dismissal of numerous claims and parties on dispositive motions, Mr. Reiter examined witnesses at trial and prevailed on all remaining claims. In addition, he represents PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in an upcoming whistleblower retaliation trial after obtaining the dismissal of claims against seven individuals on dispositive motions.
Mr. Reiter also has an active appellate practice. He drafted the successful petition for a writ of certiorari and merits briefing in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, 586 U.S. ___ (2019), and obtained a 9-0 victory before the Supreme Court of the United States 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.