Role Model

Lee C. Reid, Esq.

Litigation Practice Group Leader, Adams & Reese

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

A past Board President of Young Leadership Council, Lee Reid has applied his extensive legal background to advancing progress in New Orleans’ public education and economic development arenas, in addition to causes of national importance.

Lee Reid serves as a Litigation Practice Group Leader with Adams and Reese. In this capacity, he manages the firm’s litigation practice across its 19 offices, located in eight states and the District of Columbia, comprising approximately 160 attorneys.

Lee is widely considered to be one of the state’s most accomplished attorneys on charter school law, and has guided guided many Louisiana schools through the charter application process on a pro-bono basis. He assists in all operational aspects of charter schools by drafting legislation and policy at the local and state level, representing schools on various study groups and assisting in the formation of charter school organizations.

In his economic development practice, Lee worked to bring to fruition one of the largest economic development projects in the State of Louisiana: the Federal City Project. Serving as lead attorney on the Federal City Project, representing the New Orleans Federal Alliance, (NOFA), Lee worked with the State of Louisiana, City of New Orleans, the Algiers Development District, United States Department of the Navy and the United States Marine Corps to retain 1,900 Marine Force Reservists in New Orleans.

In 2003, Lee served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), during the investigation into the Columbia shuttle disaster. In recognition for his efforts, Lee received a “by-name” appointment to the Return to Flight Implementation Team and was awarded the NASA Astronaut’s Personal Achievement Award, the “Silver Snoopy.”

Lee currently serves on the Arts Council of New Orleans, appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans. As a former Chair of the New Orleans Public Library Board, Lee oversaw the construction of five new libraries and the renovation of five others as part of post-Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation efforts. Lee also serves on the Board of Directors for Infinity Science Center and Café Reconcile.

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