Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that Jeff Reeves has joined the firm as its newest litigation partner.

Jeff is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on litigating complex business disputes in the trial and appellate courts, as well alternative dispute resolution settings. He represents companies from the sports, nutrition, apparel, life sciences, entertainment and other industries in business and tort cases, including handling high-profile endorsement contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation cases, and data breach class actions. 

Jeff is currently the lead defense trial lawyer in a high-stakes breach of fiduciary duty action filed by passive minority shareholders against executives of BioNutritional Research Group (BNRG), the protein nutrition company that manufactures the popular PowerCrunch™ bars, in Orange County Superior Court. Phase 2 of the trial concluded last month. 

One of Jeff’s clients, the COO and CFO of BNRG, Curtis Steinhaus, stated “We have been in the trenches with Jeff on this case for years now and I can say without reservation he is the finest trial lawyer I have ever seen. My colleagues and I have been consistently impressed with his work in the courtroom, and his knack for leading us to outcomes that are aligned with our long-term business goals. We are very proud to call him our lawyer.”

 “I have known and worked side-by-side with Jeff for over two decades, both through our shared commitment to community and professional work, and as litigation co-counsel. I am thrilled that he has chosen to join our firm and am delighted to welcome him to the U/Z team. His trial prowess, problem-solving acumen, professionalism, dedication to client service and unrelenting commitment of giving back to our community are directly in line with our firm’s core values and culture,” stated U/Z Co-Founding Partner Dean Zipser.

Jeff commented, “Through the years I have had the good fortune of partnering with U/Z as co-counsel, and had the opportunity to observe first-hand their collaborative and highly professional approach to presenting arguments in the courtroom and serving their clients’ best interests. I have had the privilege of practicing in Orange County for the past 26 years, and I know that this County is blessed with much legal talent and many wonderful law firms. I am excited and honored to be joining U/Z, and look forward to playing a role in what they are creating here in the County.”

In keeping with U/Z’s well-known commitment to community service, Jeff has dedicated a substantial part of his career to serving the Orange County community over the past two-plus decades. He recently received the Anti-Defamation League’s Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award that the Orange County Chapter of the ADL bestows each year on attorneys who make outstanding contributions to the legal profession and to the community. He also serves in a variety of leadership roles, including with the Orange County Bar Association, and sitting on the boards of the Orange County Bar Foundation, the Orange County Business Council, Hoag Charity Sports Events, DiscoveryCube, ExplorOcean and the MIND Research Institute. He is a past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He was also honored to serve recently as a representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Prior to joining Umberg Zipser LLP, Jeff was a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Irvine where he was a member of the firm’s Sports Law, Class Actions, Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, and Life Sciences Practice Groups.

About Umberg Zipser LLP

Umberg Zipser LLP is a premier business litigation and intellectual property boutique.  Drawing on its lawyers’ many decades of experience in some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, as well as national and state government service, U/Z provides clients with unparalleled legal services. Named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Boutique Firms, U/Z is a go-to firm for litigation and intellectual property in Orange County and around the state.

January 3, 2018 󰀄