Tim Reed is the Office Managing Partner of FordHarrison's San Francisco Bay Area office, which he co-founded in January 2018. His legal practice is focused on zealous and effective representation of employers in legal disputes, as well as collaboration with businesses to address personnel management and policy concerns.  

He represents employers both in the courtroom and before administrative agencies with respect to a wide range of employment law claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, trade secrets, breach of contract, economic tort, and wage-and-hour matters.  Tim also regularly conducts workplace investigations and provides employers with preventative counsel regarding personnel policies and management issues.  

Tim has resolved numerous matters to the satisfaction of clients in various industries, including by disposing of claims at summary judgment, obtaining permanent injunctive relief to protect trade secrets, obtaining favorable rulings from administrative agencies such as the California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and successfully engaging in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

In light of the constantly evolving employment law landscape, Tim devotes much of his time to keeping abreast of emerging legislative and legal developments that impact his clients' employment practices.  Tim has co-authored numerous articles published in The Daily Recorder covering a breadth of employment law issues.  Tim also contributes to HR Daily Advisor's EntertainHR blog and FordHarrison's On the Clock blog.  In addition, Tim is the editor for the Alternative Dispute Resolution chapter of FordHarrison's Labor and Employment Law Sourcebook.   

Tim serves on the National Bar Association’s (“NBA”) Labor and Employment Executive Committee and is a member of the Bay Area’s Charles Houston Bar Association.  Tim was also selected by FordHarrison as the firm’s 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) Fellow, and he is a member of FordHarrison’s Diversity Advisory Board. Tim formerly served as a Trustee for Beebe Memorial Cathedral in Oakland, California.  In addition, Tim was also a mentor for the Leadership and the World (“LAW”) Academy at Florin High School, his former high school in Sacramento, California.  The LAW Academy’s mission is to increase diversity in the legal profession by connecting students with the skills and opportunities to be competitive in the job market, while also acting as advocates for their communities.

Tim is a graduate of UCLA School of Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.  While in law school, Tim externed for the Honorable Audrey B. Collins of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Tim also worked as a legal intern for General Electric through the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s (“MCCA”) Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program.  

Prior to law school, Tim served as a Judicial Administration Fellow for the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento through the prestigious Capital Fellows Program.  

In 2020, the NBA recognized Tim with its 40 Under 40 – Nation’s Best Advocates award. 

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of international retail company in case brought by online print model alleging to have been misclassified as an independent contractor.
  • Obtained opinion affirming summary judgment on behalf of international retail company in age discrimination, disability discrimination, and defamation matter.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order, judgment, and permanent injunction against pest control company’s former employee in trade secrets matter.  
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national healthcare company in race/national origin discrimination, retaliation, and harassment matter.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of restaurant company in medical condition discrimination and wrongful termination matter.
  • Obtained dismissal of contract dispute matter on behalf of sports agency.
  • Obtained dismissal of healthcare company’s division human resources vice president in retaliation matter.
  • Successfully moved to compel arbitration of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and sexual harassment case on behalf of professional employer organization.  
  • Drafted employee handbook, employment policies, and employee agreements for international technology company.  
  • Managed United States Department of Labor wage-and-hour audit of distribution center of international retail company.  
  • Conducted on-site investigation of employee misconduct on behalf of international beverage company. 
  • Investigated sexual harassment allegations on behalf of non-profit organization. 
Honors & Awards
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2019 Class of Fellows
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services 
  • National Bar Association - 2020-2021 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Under 40
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