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Overview

Jenea Reed is a Shareholder in the Litigation Department. She focuses on all facets of complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.  Jenea has represented large corporations and individuals in a variety of substantive areas including contract disputes, securities litigation, defamation law, trademark infringement, and various business torts.

Jenea is a skilled writer who regularly drafts dispositive and appellate briefs.  Before joining the firm, Jenea was a law clerk to the Honorable Adalberto Jordan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Representative Experience

  • Represented BBX Capital Corporation and its Chairman and CEO Alan Levan at trial, in a successful appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, and throughout a six-week re-trial that ultimately resulted in a complete defense verdict on various securities fraud claims.
  • Obtained summary judgement on claims for breach of contract, declaratory judgement, and injunctive relief, and successfully defended the judgement on appeal to the Third Circuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of a corporate client accused of defamation.
  • Successfully defended Benihana, Inc., which owns and operates approximately 70 restaurants in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, in various cases and appeals brought by Benihana of Tokyo (BOT). Also prevailed in numerous counterclaims and contempt proceedings against BOT, and collected more than $1.2 million in attorneys' fees to date for the client.
  • Obtained dismissal of contract and unfair competition claims on jurisdictional and forum non conveniens grounds.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Adalberto Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Program
  • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

Recognition

  • Daniel E. Murray Distinguished Service Award
  • Benchmark Litigation, “Top Litigator Under 40,” 2018

Publications & Presentations

Publications: Business Torts: A Fifty State Guide, Florida
January 2013

Publications: In the Shadows of Lohr: The Disconnect Within the Supreme Court’s Preemption Jurisprudence in Medical Device Liability Case
University of Miami Law Review |February 2009

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Newsroom

Firm Announcements: Stearns Weaver Miller Names Three New Shareholders
September 2017

In the Media: Alan Levan gets back to work
Miami Herald Business Monday |August 2017

In the Media: Levan, BBX cleared of SEC charges
South Florida Business Journal |May 2017

In the Media: Federal Jury Clears Levan and BBX on All SEC Claims
Daily Business Review|May 2017

In the Media: 11th Circ. Axes SEC Win in BankAtlantic Fraud Case
Law360|September 2016

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