Michael Reedy

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mreedy@mcmanislaw.com
Telephone 408.279.8700
Facsimile 408.279.3244

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Michael solves legal problems in many forums, but focuses primarily on family law, appeals, and civil litigation. He has represented family law clients for over 20 years, while developing expertise on the anti-SLAPP law, which protects the rights of free speech and petition. Michael practices in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels.  Before becoming a lawyer, he worked as a paralegal on antitrust and energy issues for over 10 years.

  

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Michael solves legal problems in many forums, but focuses primarily on family law, appeals, and civil litigation. He has represented family law clients for over 20 years, while developing expertise on the anti-SLAPP law, which protects the rights of free speech and petition. Michael practices in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels.  Before becoming a lawyer, he worked as a paralegal on antitrust and energy issues for over 10 years.    

Representative Matters

  • Defended two mothers sued for defamation in connection with their protests at family court. The clients won when the case was dismissed as a SLAPP suit, a decision upheld by the Court of Appeal.
  • On several occasions, successfully represented attorneys sued for malicious prosecution. The clients prevailed on motions before trial.
  • Settled numerous family law cases to the client’s satisfaction with little or no litigation.
  • Assisted in winning sanction awards for hundreds of thousands of dollars in two family law cases when opposing parties refused to cooperate.
  • Obtained an annulment in a family law case.
  • Critical member of trial team in recent federal court case that resulted in a favorable jury verdict after less than one hour of deliberation.

Professional and Community Contributions

Michael is a frequent lecturer and panel member on the nature and evolution of the anti-SLAPP suit law. He is a member of the American Inns of Court, the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn, and served on a team of lawyers, judges and law students that won a prestigious First Place award from the American Inns of Court in 2010. Michael currently serves as Treasurer of the Ingram Inn. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and serves on its Appellate Courts Committee. In addition, he previously served as a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Santa Clara County Chapter.  He serves as a board member at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View.

Awards and Honors

  • Granted the American Jurisprudence Family Law Award from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.

Reported Cases

  • Mann v. Department of Motor Vehicles (1999) 76 Cal.App. 4th 312; 90 Cal.Rptr. 2d 277.
  • Zhao v. Wong (1996) 48 Cal.App. 4th 1114, 55 Cal. Rptr. 2d 909.
  • Fenwick & West v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County (1995) 43 Cal.App. 4th 1272, 51 Cal.Rptr. 2d 294.

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Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1992
B.A., Stanford University, 1978