Michael Reedy

Partner

mreedy@mcmanislaw.com

Telephone
408.279.8700
Facsimile
408.279.3244

Clients hire Michael Reedy for his legal insight and logical mind.  With nearly 25 years of experience, Michael brings a thorough and practical approach to solving legal problems.  As a family law attorney with experience in civil litigation and appellate law, he is highly skilled at delivering messages in ways his clients, judges, and opposing counsel hear and understand.  He is reasonable and controlled under pressure, with a keen ability to spot flaws in the opposition.

Full Bio »

Clients hire Michael Reedy for his legal insight and logical mind.  With nearly 25 years of experience, Michael brings a thorough and practical approach to solving legal problems.  As a family law attorney with experience in civil litigation and appellate law, he is highly skilled at delivering messages in ways his clients, judges, and opposing counsel hear and understand.  He is reasonable and controlled under pressure, with a keen ability to spot flaws in the opposition.

In addition to his family law practice, Michael has expertise with anti-SLAPP laws, which protect people sued for exercising their free speech rights.   He has tried cases in both state and federal court, and handles appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal, on matters involving civil rights, constitutional issues, business litigation, land use, and family law.  He is highly principled and puts his clients’ needs and objectives at the forefront of every matter.   He fights hard and fights to the end to get the best result. 

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln

   

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 Secretary 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

  • Member of award winning team “The Best in Family Law”, The Recorder, (2009 - 2016)
  • 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.
  • Zhao v. Wong (1996) 48 Cal.App.4th 1114.
  • Fenwick & West v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County (1995) 43 Cal.App.4th 1272.

Articles and Blogs

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