Reid joined McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP in January 2010, knowing that sometimes it takes a courtroom for workers to finally get a fair shake. He became a Partner in January 2018. Reid represents unions and workers in a variety of cases and provides general legal advice relating to labor relations and employment law matters.
He is actively engaged in wage and hour litigation on behalf of public and private sector workers with an emphasis on representing public safety employees. He has successfully represented workers in overtime actions resulting in tens of millions recovered in backpay and damages. Reid has also successfully represented employees in litigation regarding wrongful dismissal or discipline.
Along with partner Gregory K. McGillivary, Reid worked with the human rights organization Freedom Now to represent three labor activists in Vietnam who were unjustly imprisoned by the Vietnamese government. In 2013, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a decision finding that the labor activists’ detention violated international law — including the right to associate with a union of their own choosing. In June 2014, Vietnam released one of the three labor activities, Do Thi Minh Hanh. For his work representing the three detained Vietnamese labor activists, Reid was the co-recipient, along with Gregory K. McGillivary, of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 2015 Frances Perkins Public Service Award.
Reid was published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Sports Lawyers Journal for the article he wrote: “Exploring Gender Discrimination in Coaching”. The article examined whether it is legal under federal discrimination laws for women to be effectively blocked from coaching men’s athletic teams while men routinely coach women’s teams.
Reid’s interest in labor law began long before he became an attorney, when his mother served as president of her local union. Later, prior to attending law school, Reid was a member of union as a reporter for a mid-sized newspaper in Northeastern Pennsylvania. During that time, his interest in unions and labor law grew through not only his involvement with his own local, but also through covering several labor disputes in the area. These experiences led him to have a great passion to work with labor unions and employees.
Reid graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2009 with honors. He was the 2009 recipient of the Laurence E. Seibel Memorial Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from Penn State University, where he was a Schreyer Honors Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa.