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Recognized as being among the best birth injury lawyers in the nation, attorney Jesse M. Reiter is owner of Reiter & Walsh, P.C. and American Baby & Child Law Centers. He is a past president of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), and was recently named a 2012 Michigan Lawyer's Weekly Leader in the Law. Only 25 attorneys are chosen for this honor from a wide pool of nominated attorneys and judges. The Lawyer's Weekly panel selects the Leaders in the Law honorees based on multiple factors including their commitment to legal practice, record of winning cases, character, and integrity. Mr. Reiter was also named a "Michigan Lawyer's Weekly" Lawyer of the Year in 2006. In a Michigan Lawyers Weekly article he was described as being one of three "medical malpractice gurus ...(who) have secured nearly one-third of the total $32.6 million in reported settlements."
Mr. Reiter began his legal career with a major law firm in Detroit. After years of honing his medical malpractice expertise, he formed American Baby & Child Law Centers. Jesse Reiter is admitted to practice in Michigan, Washington, D.C., Ohio and the United States Supreme Court.
A native of Kensington, Maryland, Jesse Reiter earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1984 and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1987. He worked for two federal judges and a prominent Chicago malpractice defense firm while in law school. Starting out as a defender of hospitals and doctors in 1987, Mr. Reiter also served as an adjunct professor of legal writing at the Detroit Mercy College of Law.
In 1989, when he began doing plaintiff's work, Mr. Reiter joined the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), one of the nations' most powerful pro-plaintiff bar associations. In this position, Jesse Reiter is immediately aware of - and contributes to - changes in laws which affect patients' rights on a daily basis. Since he joined in 1989, Mr. Reiter has been a sustaining member of MAJ. He has risen through the ranks from being on the Executive Board in 1995; the Constitutional Challenge Committee in 1997; Chair of the Coalition/Community Action Committee 2000-2002; Treasurer from 2002-2003; Secretary from 2003-2004; Vice-President from 2004-2005; President-Elect from 2005-2006; and President from 2006-2007. It is because of his character and reputation as an outstanding person and trial lawyer that his colleagues and peers elected Jesse to serve as president, the highest leadership position within the Michigan Association for Justice.
Attorney Jesse Reiter serves as a case evaluator in Michigan's Wayne and Oakland Counties and is a frequent speaker and moderator at seminars. He is involved in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) where he served as Co-Chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group from 2010-2012 and was re-elected as Co-Chair again in 2013. He is a Fellow of the AAJ National College of Advocacy, participating regularly in intensive focus group workshops. Mr. Reiter served as co-editor of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter from 2010 through 2011 and is currently editor of the AAJ's Professional Negligence Section newsletter and Secretary of the Professional Negligence Section. Mr. Reiter has been a member of the MAJ Judicial Qualifications Committee since 2004 and has been Co-Chair of that committee since 2008. Mr. Reiter is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association (Past Chair, Negligence Committee), the American Bar Association, the Ohio Association for Justice, the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association, the Academy of Trial Advocacy, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a lifetime member of The Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Mr. Reiter has also appeared in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who, and Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans. He is currently listed in Best Lawyers in America (since 2008), Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine (since 2008), DBusiness Magazine's Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business's The Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit and under Metro Detroit's Top Ten Personal Injury Lawyers.
Mr. Reiter makes extensive use of focus groups and mock trials in his daily law practice and trial preparation. His wife Susan, is a trial consultant and co-owner and president of InFocus Research Group, a corporation which conducts mock trials and focus groups. This allows Mr. Reiter to test cases on a frequent basis. Mr. Reiter and his wife were interviewed and featured in an article about the value of focus groups which appeared in Michigan Lawyers Weekly's January 29, 2007 edition, entitled: "Test Driving Arguments - Focus Groups and Mock Juries Could Mean the Difference between Winning and Losing."
Jesse Reiter has a passion for the practice of law and achieves a great sense of personal satisfaction from helping injured kids and their families. He enjoys the challenges of cross-examination and finds nothing more satisfying than a hard-fought cross-examination where a doctor or nurse admits to malpractice. Many times he has been able to discover that medical records were altered to cover up malpractice. Jesse Reiter's drive is fueled by his desire to help his young clients to obtain their dream of semi-independent living and some semblance of a normal life.
"As a young boy growing up, I remember my father telling me: 'There are people who represent the people and there are people who represent the powerful and we, in our family, represent the people.' I have never forgotten these words. I bring to my work a burning desire to help the people - injured children and their families - to the best of my ability each and every day." Mr. Reiter has won multiple million dollar settlements and verdicts for injured kids for many years now. Meticulous attention to detail and exhaustive preparation are the keys to success. "I tell people I have the greatest job in the world and it's true."
U. S. District Court
Eastern District of Michigan
Western District of Michigan
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1987
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, B.A. - Political Science, 1984
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With high honors
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Oakland County Bar Association
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Professional Negligence Section, Chair
- Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Immediate Past Co-Chair
- Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Co-Editor of Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, 2010-2011
- Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Executive Board
- Professional Negligence Section, Secretary
- Professional Negligence Section Newsletter, Editor
- National College of Advocacy, Fellow
- Michigan Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
- President-Elect, 2005-2006
- Vice President, 2004-2005
- Chair of the Coalition/Community Action Committee, 2000-2002
- Constitutional Challenge Committee, 1997
- Executive Board Member, 1995
- Judicial Qualifications Committee, member since 2004, Co-Chair since 2008
- Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
- Academy of Trial Advocacy
- Ohio Association for Justice, Member
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Lawyer.com, Premium Member
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Selected as one of the "Leaders in the Law," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012
- "Best Lawyers in America," Best Lawyers, 2008-2015
- AV-Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
- "Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit," dbusiness Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2012-2014
- "Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers," Metro Detroit, 2008
- "Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit," Crain's Detroit Business, 2008
- "Best Law Firms," U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, 2008-2015
- "Lawyer of the Year," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2006
- Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine
- Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2013-present
- Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers 2013
- Top 50 Consumer Lawyers, 2013-present
- Top 5 Consumer Lawyers, 2013
Published Legal Writing:
"Emergency Cesarean Sections: When 30 Minutes is Not Fast Enough" published in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter for July, 2008
2008 - Article Reviewer, American Association for Justice, Professional Negligence Law Reporter.
"Oxytocin: The New 'High Alert' Medication", co-authored with Juliana Plastiras, published in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter for July, 2009
Co-Editor, BTLG Newsletter July, 2009 - July, 2011
November 29, 2010 - Co-Author, "Solving the statute of limitations puzzle for minors in medical malpractice cases", Published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 25, No. 3, Nov. 29, 2010
2011, Awarded American Association for Justice's 2011 Outstanding Newsletter for the Professional Negligence Section Fall 2011 Newsletter
Winter/Spring, 2011 - Author, "Letter from the Editor", Published in the Professional Negligence Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 1
January, 2011; July, 2011 & February, 2012 - Co-Author, "Letter from the Co-Chairs", Published in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletters - Summer and Winter 2011 Editions
February, 2012 - Co-Author, "Forcep Deliveries: Are They Worth The Risk?" Published in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter
Co-Author, "The Hidden Dangers of Overventilation," Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter for February, 2014
Co-Author (with Emily Thomas), "How ACOG Broadened the Definition of HIE: A Comparison of the NEACP and NEANO," American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, July 2014
May, 1998: Speaker, MAJ Rapid Fire Seminar entitled "Medical Record Alterations."
November 7, 2003: Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "Medical Malpractice."
December 3, 2004: Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "Medical Malpractice: Winning in a Hostile Environment."
May 13, 2005: Speaker, MAJ Annual Rapid Fire Seminar entitled "Focus Groups: Not just for Trial any More."
May 14, 2005: Moderator, 60th Annual MAJ Banquet
May 22, 2005: Speaker, MAJ Evening Forum: "Daubert/Frye: Using Science to Prove Your Claim." - Topic: Birth Trauma and Daubert/Frye.
May 13, 2006: Speaker, 61st Annual MAJ Banquet
September, 23, 2006 - Speaker/Participant in Mock Trial Presentation - "American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners 6th Annual Educational Conference."
October 6, 2006 - Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "Michigan Medmal Law Update Caution: Not for the Faint of Heart."
November 2, 2006 - Guest Lecturer, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Lecture entitled "Admissibility of Scientific Evidence : Daubert; Davis-Frye."
January 25, 2007 - Featured Speaker, MAJ 2007 Deposition Workshop - a Legal Workshop for New Lawyers and Student Members.
May 4, 2007 - Speaker, Rapid Fire Seminar, Using Focus Groups Early in Discovery: Learning your Strengths and Weaknesses in Time to Make a Difference.
October 11, 2007 - Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "The Medical Malpractice (ISN'T) For Dummies Seminar."
November 27, 2007 - Guest Lecturer, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Lecture entitled "Admissibility of Scientific Evidence : Daubert; Davis-Frye."
November 13, 2008 - Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "Your Medical Malpractice Case Still Needs Critical Care: The Essential Updates."
Quoted in Michigan Lawyers Weekly Article "Majority rules on 'majority' rule", Vol. 23, No. 27 May 18, 2009
Speaker/Participant in American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners 7th Annual Educational Conference (October, 2009)
November 12, 2009 - Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "Seeking Recovery for Medical Malpractice in Michigan: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?"
July, 2010: Speaker, AAJ Annual Covention, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Seminar Presentation entitled "Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section ("VBAC")"
November 12, 2010 - Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled "Winning Strategies for Med Mal Cases."
Moderator, AAJ's Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infant Cases Seminar - April 8-9, 2011 in Miami, FL
October 14 - 15, 2011 - Coordinator & Moderator - Birth Trauma Conference in Amsterdam, held jointly by the American Association for Justice's Birth trauma Litigation Group and the Pan European Organization of Personal Injury Lawyers
November, 2011: Speaker, MAJ New Lawyers "Expert Deposition Workshop" : Presentation titled "Cross-Exam of Defendants - Getting Admissions."
December 2, 2011 - Moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar
February 12, 2012 - Coordinator and moderator - Birth Trauma Litigation Group seminar at the American Association for Justice's Winter Convention in Phoenix, AZ.
July 29, 2012 - Coordinator and moderator - Birth Trauma Litigation Group seminar at the American Association for Justice's Summer Convention in Chicago, IL.
November 30, 2012 - Moderator for Michigan Association for Justice's Medical Malpractice seminar.
February 10, 2013 - Coordinator and moderator - Birth Trauma Litigation Group seminar at the American Association for Justice's Winter Convention in Miami, FL.
Repeat guest on the Charlie Langton Show ( WXYT AM 1270)
Radio Interview - Jesse Reiter Interviewed on Ringler Radio about challenges facing lawyers in the State of Michigan (2007).
Radio Interview as part of WJLB Coats for Kids Charity Drive - November 7, 2008
2013 - Article Reviewer, American Association for Justice, AAJ Trial News
Coordinator and moderator - Michigan Association for Justice's Medical Malpractice seminar, November 8, 2013
Reiter & Walsh, P.C., is the professional corporation law firm which owns and operates American Baby & Child Law Centers. The two senior partners of the firm are Jesse Reiter, J.D. and Rebecca Walsh, J.D.