Reed Smith

Prior to joining CLS, Reed worked as counsel at First Liberty Institute, where he represented a parent and students that were being precluded from holding FCA meetings during “club time” in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  Reed prepared and sent a demand letter to the school district, resulting in the school district relenting and allowing FCA to meet during club time.  In addition to this work on this matter, Reed has worked on numerous religious liberty cases, including defending attorneys against claims of transgender discrimination for representing a women’s homeless shelter, representing churches against a city that imposed discriminatory water rates, and defending a school district against Establishment Clause challenges to its optional biblical curriculum.  

Reed also has an extensive litigation background.  He for over six years at Ahmad Zavitsanos, a Chambers-rated commercial litigation boutique in Houston, Texas, where he managed high- stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.  In numerous cases, Reed helped secure millions of dollars for his client through settlement.   Before going into private practice, Reed clerked for Judge Catharina Haynes at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Paul Stickney at the Northern District of Texas, and James Ho at the Texas Office of the Solicitor General. Prior to law school, Reed served as a journeyman missionary to Poland through the International Mission Board. Reed received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served was an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Florida.

Reed was also named a 2019 James Wilson Fellow.

Director of Litigation