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Jesse Reiter

Reiter & Walsh, P.C.
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Jesse Reiter
Reiter & Walsh, P.C.
Bloomfield Hills,
 MI

Jesse Reiter is the owner, founder, and managing partner of ABC Law Centers (Reiter & Walsh, P.C.). He has been practicing law since 1987, and is recognized as a leader in the field of birth trauma litigation. Reiter has won multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for children with birth injuries such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy (CP). Passion for justice, meticulous attention to detail, and exhaustive preparation are the keys to his success. Helping children and their families brings him the greatest satisfaction.

Reiter began his legal career with a major law firm in Detroit. After years of honing his medical malpractice expertise, he formed ABC Law Centers in 1997. The firm has grown considerably since that time, and now fights for birth-injured children throughout the country.

At ABC Law Centers, Reiter has built a reputation around his extensive knowledge in both law and medicine. His in-depth understanding of complications during pregnancy, delivery, and the neonatal period, as well as of the standard of care medical professionals are obligated to provide, makes him a strong advocate for clients. Reiter has served a variety of important leadership positions in legal groups, such as president of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG). He has also won numerous awards for his representation of children who need constant care. His clients continually receive compassion, empathy, knowledge, and experience throughout their difficult cases.

Moreover, Reiter cares greatly about giving back to his community. He recently established the Reiter HIE Research Fund, which supports University of Michigan researchers focused on finding new treatments for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This is a serious birth injury caused by oxygen deprivation; it can lead to a variety of permanent conditions such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. Reiter also runs the ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship and the HIE Help Center Scholarships. For more information about his community involvement and charitable contributions, please click here.

Education

DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, Illinois), Juris Doctor

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, High Honors

Memberships and honorary appointments

Bar admissions

Admitted to practice in Michigan: 1987

Admitted to practice in Eastern District of Michigan: 1987

Admitted to practice in Washington D.C.: 1999

Admitted to practice in Ohio: 2007

Admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court: 2005American Bar Foundation Lifetime Fellow - Jesse Reiter

Admitted to practice in the Ohio Supreme Court

Bar foundations and associations

American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Michigan Bar Foundation: Fellow

Oakland County Bar Association: 1987 – Present, Fellow: Jan 2020 – Present

State Bar of Michigan: 1987 – Present

United States District Court, Eastern District of MichiganBirth Trauma Litigation Group Executive Board - Jesse Reiter

Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG)

Birth Trauma Litigation Group: Executive Board Member

Birth Trauma Litigation Group: Co-Editor of Birth Trauma Litigation Group Journal, 2009 – 2011

Birth Trauma Litigation Group: Past Chair 2010 – 2012Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Chair, Jesse Reiter | Award Badge

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Member: 1987 – Present

Leaders Forum, Patron

Governor, Board of Governors: 2015 – Present

Publications Committee: 2017 – Present

Evergreen Advisory Board: 2018 – Present

Professional Negligence Committee: 2014 – Present

Exchange Advisory Committee: 2014 – 2018

Section & Litigation Group Coordination Committee: 2014 – 2018

National College of Advocacy: FellowAmerican Association for Justice (AAJ), Jesse Reiter Reiter & Walsh, P.C. | Honorary Membership and Award Badge

Professional Negligence Section Chair: 2013 – 2014

Professional Negligence Section Secretary: 2012 – 2013

Professional Negligence Section Newsletter Editor: 2011 – 2012

Peer Review

Trial: 2016 – Present

AAJ Trial News: 2013

Professional Negligence Law Reporter: 2008

Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ)

Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) President, Jesse Reiter, Reiter & Walsh, P.C. | Award Badge

President: 2006 – 2007

President-Elect: 2005 – 2006

Vice President: 2004 – 2005

Secretary: 2003 – 2004

Treasurer: 2002 – 2003

Judicial Qualifications Committee: 2004 – Present

Chair of the Coalition/Community Action Committee: 2000 – 2002

Constitutional Challenge Committee: 1997

Executive Board Member: 1995 – Present

Other groups and associations

Pound Civil Justice Institute Fellow: 2017 – Present

Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group: 2015 – Present

Public Justice Foundation Member: 2015 – Present

National Trial Lawyers Association

Academy of Trial Advocacy: 10 years

Ohio Association for Justice Member: 2007 – Present

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Awards

Best Lawyers In America, U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers: 2008 – 2022

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in the Midwest 2022

American Association of Justice’s (AAJ) “Above and Beyond” award, July 2021

Leading Lawyers Top 10 Med Mal Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Michigan, 2020

American Association of Justice’s (AAJ) Board of Governors Outstanding Achievement Award for 2019

“Best Lawyers In America,” U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers: 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” – Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs, Troy

Best Law Firms,” U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers: 2008 – Present

Michigan Top Lawyer

2017 American Association for Justice Board of Governors Outstanding Achievement Award

“AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice” by The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell™: 2019

“America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%” – American Registry

Dan Cullan Memorial Award, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group: 2016

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Respected Advocate Award recipient: 2013

“Leader in the Law,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly: 2012

“Lawyer of the Year,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly: 2006

“Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers Association: 2011, 2015-Present

“Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit,” DBusiness Magazine: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

“Million Dollar Verdicts & Settlements” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly: 2000 – 2002, 2005 – 2016

Who’s Who in American Law

Leading Lawyers:

“Top 10 Leading Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyers” – 2017

“Top 10 Leading Consumer Lawyers” – 2017

“Top 100 Leading Lawyers” – 2017

“Top 100 Consumer Lawyers” – 2017

Peer-reviewed and recommended “Leading Michigan Lawyer,” LeadingLawyers.com, Michigan Bar Journal: 2013 – Present

Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine: 2008-2017

“Top 100 Attorneys in Michigan”: 2013-2017

“Top 50 Consumer Attorneys in Michigan”: 2013-2017

“Top 10 Michigan Attorneys”: 2013

“Top 5 Consumer Attorneys in Michigan”: 2013

AV-Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell: 2004 – Present

“Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers,” Metro Detroit: 2008

“Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Michigan,” National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys: 2008

Awarded American Association for Justice’s 2011 Outstanding Newsletter for the Professional Negligence Section Fall 2011 Newsletter

Published work

February 2021: Co-Author, “Did the ACOG 2014 Consensus Recommendations on Labor Management Achieve Anything?” Birth Trauma Litigation Group Journal.

September 2019: Co-Author, “Birth Asphyxia Cases: The Impact of Cooling,” American Association for Justice Trial Magazine.

February 2019: Co-Author, “The Impact of Therapeutic Hypothermia on Newborns with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

May 2018: Co-Author, “Understanding Fetal Monitoring Evidence,” American Association for Justice Trial Magazine.

January 2018: Co-Author, “Timing Hypoxic-Ischemic Fetal Brain Injury,” Michigan Bar Journal.

Fall 2017: Author, “HR 1215: Stripping Rights From Our Most Vulnerable Michigan Medical Malpractice Clients,” Michigan Association for Justice Journal.

July 2017: Co-Author “Using MRI to Evaluate Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) in Term Infants,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

February 2017: Co-Author “Management of Category II Fetal Heart Tracings: Timing Delivery to Avoid HIE,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

July 2016: Co-Author “Averting Pre-Term Birth: The Right Care Gives the Best Results,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

Feb. 2016: Co-Author “ACOG Replaced the Friedman Curve with Unproven Guidelines: Is Lowering the Caesarean Rate Worth the Rise in Birth Trauma?,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

July 2015: Co-Author “HIE and the Myth of Pre-Existing Injury,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

Feb. 2014: Co-Author, “The Hidden Dangers of Overventilation,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

July 2014: Co-Author “How ACOG Broadened the Definition of HIE: A Comparison of the NEACP and NEANO,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

Feb. 2012: Co-Author, “Forcep Deliveries: Are They Worth The Risk?” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal.

Jan. 2011; July, 2011 & February, 2012: Co-Author, “Letter from the Co-Chairs,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journals – Summer and Winter 2011 Editions

Winter/Spring, 2011: Author, “Letter from the Editor,” Professional Negligence Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 1

Nov. 29, 2010: Co-Author, “Solving the statute of limitations puzzle for minors in medical malpractice cases,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 25, No. 3

July, 2009: Co-Author, “Oxytocin: The New ‘High Alert’ Medication,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal

July, 2008: “Emergency Cesarean Sections: When 30 Minutes is Not Fast Enough,” Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Journal

Lectures and seminars

January 15, 2021: Co-moderator – Michigan Association for Justice 18th Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar

November 10, 2020: Presenter – “Exploring Obstetrical Catastrophes: Placental Abruption, Uterine Rupture and Breech Presentations,” American Conference Institute’s (ACI) 19th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims

2016 – 2020: Co-moderator – Michigan Association for Justice Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar

May 30, 2019: Presenter – Michigan Lawyers Weekly: 2019 Hall of Fame

April 18, 2019: Presenter – Michigan Lawyers Weekly Presents: Leaders in the Law 2019.

February 4, 2018: Speaker – Panel Discussion “Daubert Challenges in Birth Trauma Cases,” AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Association 2018 Winter Convention

July 25, 2017: Speaker –“How to Survive an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE),” American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention, Professional Negligence Section

Apr. 15, 2016: Panel speaker – Michigan Association for Justice 71st Annual Seminar: “Expert Testimony, Witness Preparation and Daubert Challenges after Ehler: Expert Panel”

Dec. 4, 2015: Co-moderator – Michigan Association for Justice Med Mal Seminar: “Medical Records in the Electronic Age and Finding Ways to Win Medical Malpractice Cases in Any Age”

2014 – Co-moderator: Professional Section CLE program, AAJ Convention

Nov. 2014: Moderator – Michigan Association for Justice’s Medical Malpractice seminar

Nov. 8, 2013: Moderator – Michigan Association for Justice’s Medical Malpractice seminar

Feb. 10, 2013: Moderator – Birth Trauma Litigation Group seminar at the American Association for Justice’s Winter Convention in Miami, FL

Nov. 30, 2012: Co-moderator for Michigan Association for Justice’s Medical Malpractice seminar

July 29, 2012: Moderator – Birth Trauma Litigation Group seminar at the American Association for Justice’s Summer Convention in Chicago, IL

Feb. 12, 2012: Moderator – Birth Trauma Litigation Group seminar at the American Association for Justice’s Winter Convention in Phoenix, AZ

Dec. 2, 2011: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar

Nov. 2011: Speaker, MAJ New Lawyers “Expert Deposition Workshop” Presentation titled “Cross-Exam of Defendants – Getting Admissions”

Oct. 14 – 15, 2011: 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

April 8-9, 2011: Moderator, AAJ’s Litigating Medical Negligence and Injured Infant Cases Seminar

Nov. 12, 2010: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “Winning Strategies for Med Mal Cases”

July, 2010: Speaker, AAJ Annual Covention, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Seminar Presentation entitled “Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section (“VBAC”)”

Nov. 12, 2009: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “Seeking Recovery for Medical Malpractice in Michigan: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?”

Oct. 2009: Speaker/Participant in American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners 7th Annual Educational Conference

Nov. 13, 2008: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “Your Medical Malpractice Case Still Needs Critical Care: The Essential Updates”

Nov. 27, 2007: Guest lecturer, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Lecture entitled “Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: Daubert; Davis-Frye.”

Oct. 11, 2007: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “The Medical Malpractice (ISN’T) For Dummies Seminar”

May 4, 2007: Speaker, Rapid Fire Seminar, Using Focus Groups Early in Discovery: Learning your Strengths and Weaknesses in Time to Make a Difference

Jan. 25, 2007: Featured speaker, MAJ 2007 Deposition Workshop – a Legal Workshop for New Lawyers and Student Members

Nov. 2, 2006: Guest lecturer, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Lecture entitled “Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: Daubert; Davis-Frye”

Oct. 6, 2006: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “Michigan Medmal Law Update Caution: Not for the Faint of Heart”

Sept. 23, 2006: Speaker/participant in Mock Trial Presentation – “American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners 6th Annual Educational Conference”

May 13, 2006: Speaker, 61st 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 14, 2005: Moderator, 60th Annual MAJ Banquet

May 13, 2005: Speaker, MAJ Annual Rapid Fire Seminar entitled “Focus Groups: Not just for Trial Anymore”

Dec. 3, 2004: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “Medical Malpractice: Winning in a Hostile Environment”

Nov. 7, 2003: Co-moderator, MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar entitled “Medical Malpractice”

Mar. 22, 2002: Co-moderator, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) Seminar entitled “Medical Malpractice”

May, 1998: Speaker, MAJ Rapid Fire Seminar entitled “Medical Record Alterations”

Interviews

Jesse Reiter was published in Leading Lawyers Magazine – Michigan Edition in a 2017 feature piece titled “Jesse Reiter: Putting Children First, Always.”

Jesse interviewed for Ohio Association for Justice’s (OAJ) Ohio Trial Member Spotlight

Repeat guest on the Charlie Langton Show ( WXYT AM 1270)

July 21, 2015: Jesse Reiter is quoted in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) online Law Reporter article “Audio Recording of Colonoscopy Reveals Improper Treatment of Patient”

Sept. 5, 2013: Television interview – Jesse Reiter discusses Dr. Farid Fata case on FOX News

May 18, 2009: Quoted in Michigan Lawyers Weekly Article “Majority rules on ‘majority’ rule,” Vol. 23, No. 27

Nov. 7, 2008: Radio interview as part of WJLB Coats for Kids Charity Drive

2007: Interviewed on Ringler Radio about challenges facing lawyers in the State of Michigan


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