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John W. Reis

John W. Reis

Partner

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Overview

John W. Reis litigates subrogation and commercial claims involving loss or damage to structures, heavy equipment, trucks, motor coaches, vehicles, vessels and other property damaged by fire, water, collision, or collapse. These cases require his particular experience in product liability, construction, commercial, maritime and admiralty law. John also litigates commercial contingency disputes involving business torts such as fraud, deception, and misappropriation. He is licensed to practice law in four states and twelve federal district courts in the South.

John has taken leading roles in mass tort cases, including serving as co-lead counsel in a multidistrict litigation proceeding against a product manufacturer. He has published articles and conducted seminars on several of the complex issues that arise in his fields of practice, including the economic loss doctrine, the malfunction theory, the proper measure of damages, trial techniques, CSST failures, expert qualifications, and other issues. He genuinely loves getting the call on a catastrophic case, and will take calls at all hours of the night to jump on the case immediately. He values responsiveness, resourcefulness, and results.

Experience

Representative Work

  • Has pursued dozens of structure fires arising from CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing)
  • Former co-lead counsel of the plaintiffs’ steering committee on the Ford Cruise Control Deactivation Switch federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) proceeding in the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Highly experienced in structural failures and fires, including fireplace failures, fire protection system failures (“spread fires”), truss failures, material failures, electrical failures, plumbing failures, induced sinkholes, appliance failures, and product defects.
  • Recovery of marine losses, including marina fires and vessel fires, collisions, and allisions .
  • Recovery of maritime and cargo claims involving Carmack and/or COGSA.
  • Business tort litigation.

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • "Suppressing the Burn:  Why the NFPA's Revised 1033 Is the Next Big Thing in Fire Claims Investigations," Claims Management, October 2015
  • "Subrogation Confidential:  How Far Do the Attorney-Client Privilege & Work Product Doctrine Really Go?,” Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2015
  • "Expert Challenges and the Revised NFPA 1033," Fire & Arson Investigator, July 2015
  • “The Power of Social Media Discovery,” Subrogator Magazine, Winter 2015
  • “Defending Against the Defendant Who Sues Your Own Insured,” Subrogator Magazine, Winter 2014
  • “Exceptions to the Economic Loss Doctrine,” Subrogator Magazine, Winter 2008
  • “Legal and Ethical Dilemmas Between Insurer & Insured,” Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2008
  • “Exploring the Outer Limits of the Duty to Preserve Evidence from a Loss Scene,” Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2007
  • “The Rule of Sequestration: Does It Apply to Depositions?” The Litigator, Vol. 27, June 2007
  • “The Magic of Privity in Product Liability Claims,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 79, December 2005
  • “'Gotcha' Litigation: Rethinking Rules 5, 7, and 56 of the N.C.R.Civ.P.,” North Carolina State Bar Journal, Spring 2005

Presentations

  • Taking and Defending Depositions in North Carolina, February 23, 2015, CLE at Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Charlotte, NC
  • Expert Challenges and the New NFPA 1033, December 3, 2014, Webinar
  • CSST and Subrogation, November 13, 2014, Raleigh, NC
  • Social Media Ethics and Evidence, March 2014, Philadelphia, PA
  • How to Investigate a Claim, December 2013, CLE, Nashville, TN
  • Document Management in Mass Tort Litigation: Use of Software and Other Systems for Effective Use of Discovery and Pleadings, November 2013, Philadelphia, PA
  • How to Select a Consultant, October 2013, CLE, Charlotte, NC
  • CSST: The Lightning Thief, CLE, September 2013, Jacksonville, FL
  • Taking and Defending Depositions in North Carolina, February 2013, Charlotte, NC
  • Lithium Ion Battery Fires, November 2012, Annual NASP Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • Subrogation: Investigating and Preserving the Evidence and the Claim, May 2012, Lake Mary, FL
  • Depositions in the Desert, March 2012, Annual NASP Litigation Skills and Management Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Mediation, March 2011, 2011 Annual NASP Litigation Skills and Management Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Managing Your Local Fire Official, April 2010, Annual NASP Litigation Skills Conference, Tucson, AZ
  • Effect of Bankruptcy on Claims against Chrysler and General Motors, July 2009, NASP Seminar, teleconference
  • Depositions for Adjusters, July 2009, Annual Citizens Bank Seminar, Philadelphia, PA
  • Preserving Evidence in Car Damage Cases, June 2009, San Antonio, TX
  • Depositions for Adjusters, June 2009, Annual Turner Field Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Taking and Defending Depositions in North Carolina, January 2009, Mecklenburg Bar Center, Charlotte, NC
  • Smoke on the Water: Navigating Marina Losses, November 2008, Annual NASP Convention, Hollywood, FL
  • The Economic Loss Doctrine: Is Your Car Fire Claim Really Dead? November 2008, Annual NASP Convention, Hollywood, FL
  • Navigating Cargo Claims, October 2008, Orlando, FL
  • Handling Vehicle Fires and the Economic Loss Doctrine, August 2008, York, PA., and July  2008 in San Antonio, TX
  • Handling Cargo Claims, May 2008, Charlotte, NC
  • The Made Whole Doctrine, May 2008, Annual Turner Field Seminar, Atlanta, GA
  • Economic Loss Doctrine, March 2008, NASP Litigation Skills Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • Daubert Hearings, March 2008, NASP Litigation Skills Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • Proving the Defect in Product Liability Cases, February 2008, CLE, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (sponsored by Mecklenburg County Bar), Charlotte, NC
  • North Carolina Product Liability Law, January 2008, CLE, Mecklenburg Bar Center, Charlotte, NC
  • The Made Whole Doctrine in Subrogation Claims: Legal and Ethical Dilemmas, October  2007, Orlando, FL
  • Investigation and Scene Preservation, May 2007, Annual Braves Diamond Stadium seminar, Richmond, VA
  • Product Liability Claims in North Carolina, May 2007, Charlotte, NC
  • Discovery Skills for Legal Staff, March 2007, Lorman CLE seminar, Charlotte, NC
  • Business Torts: Deception, Fraud, and the Usual Suspects, April  2006, CLE Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, NC.
  • Business Litigation: Proving Economic Damages in North Carolina, February 2005, CLE Mecklenburg County Bar Charlotte, NC
  • Discovery Skills for Litigators, January 2005, Lorman CLE seminar, Charlotte, NC
Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992
  • Duke University, A.B., 1988
Admissions
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Affiliations
  • Member, National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Member, Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Board Member, Mecklenburg County Bar, 2013-2014
  • Chair, Mecklenburg County Bar CLE Committee, 2008-2010
  • Chair, Distance Learning committee of the CLE Committee for the NC Bar Association, 2005
  • Chair, NCBA Disaster Legal Services Committee, 2001 to 2004
  • Member, Volunteer Lawyers Program, Mecklenburg County Bar
Academic Honors
  • Executive Editor of the University of Miami InterAmerican Law Review
  • Moot Court Board Member, University of Miami
  • Advanced Moot Court Competition Winner, University of Miami
  • Inductee Order of Barristers, University of Miami
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