Harold Smith Reeves focuses on complex litigation in the fields of administrative law, class action litigation, antitrust, and constitutional law. Mr. Reeves was a member of the Cooper and Kirk team that represented the United Launch Alliance in its successful defense of a $26 billion launch services contract with the Department of Defense against a bid protest by SpaceX. He was part of the team that represented a group of small-dollar, short term lenders in their challenge to Operation Choke Point, the effort by the Department of Justice and federal banking regulators to deny them access to the national banking system. Mr. Reeves also represented market participants in the securities industry in a successful APA challenge to the SEC’s approval of the recapitalization plan of the Options Clearing Corporation.
After clerking for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, he worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer, Brown, and Platt, and then with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom. While at Skadden, he worked on a variety of white-collar criminal defense, administrative law, and constitutional law matters, including the suit brought by the heirs of Abraham Zapruder to obtain just compensation for the Government’s Taking of the Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassination that resulted in a $17 million award for the family, and the defense of President Clinton in the Paula Jones litigation.
Mr. Reeves graduated summa cum laude, from Princeton University, where he was salutatorian of the Class of 1991. He received his J.D., with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1996. While at Chicago, he served as articles editor on the Law Review and published on the economic analysis of virtual property rights and Internet boundary definition. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Reeves has advanced degrees in Philosophy (PhL, Catholic University of America), Theology (STB, Pontificia Università di S. Tomasso d’Aquino), and Classics (M.A., PhD, University of Virginia). His doctoral dissertation was on the use of the traditional portrait of the tyrant in Roman imperial political biography.