McManis Faulkner partner Michael G. Reedy has been honored with the 2023 St. Thomas More Award by the St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara County. Reedy received the award at the Society’s Red Mass event on October 26 at Santa Clara University.
The St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara County is dedicated to enhancing the spiritual lives of its members and promoting the principles and ideals of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers. The society is comprised of judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students in Santa Clara County. Bestowed annually, the St. Thomas More award honors a member of the legal profession within the diocese who has shown integrity in the practice of law, leadership in the community, and faithfulness to gospel values in his or her personal and professional life.
Reedy represents clients in family law and appellate matters. Family Law takes a person who is kind, strong, one who can remain calm when everyone around him is lighting fires. In particular, it takes someone who can take the long view for people in the midst of tectonic life changes, and who can guide them with a deliberate pace when all they want to do is move quickly, impulsively, just to relieve the pain. And, in Reedy’s case, one who fights for his clients according to the rules set by the law, by precedent, and by the moral underpinnings of our society.
In addition to family law, Reedy has tried cases in both state and federal court and has managed appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal on matters involving civil rights, constitutional issues, business litigation, and land use.
He has made an impact through community service, volunteering time for organizations dedicated to ethics and education. He is an active member of the American Inns of Court and served as a Past President of the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn in San Jose. Reedy also served six years on the Board of Directors at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, including the last two as Chair. He has supported the Santa Clara County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law (1992) and his B.A. from Stanford University (1978).
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