• EDUCATION
  • ADMISSIONS

    Bar
    Massachusetts, 1975

    Courts
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1995
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
    U.S Supreme Court, 1981
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1977
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1976

  • CLERKSHIP

    Law Clerk to Hon. Frank M. Coffin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1975-1976

  • DISTINCTIONS

    Boston Globe’s 2015 Top Rated Lawyers of 2015

    Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

    Fred G. Leebron Prize, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Committee, for Massachusetts Congressional and Senatorial redistricting

    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating for more than 20 years

  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American Political Science Association

    Boston Bar Association

    American Bar Association

  • COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Land Steward for the Monadnock Conservancy, N.H.

H. Reed Witherby, Of Counsel

Reed Witherby has extensive experience presenting and defending civil cases, including constitutional law cases, in trial and appellate courts. He concentrates his practice in the litigation of issues involving public law, including administrative and constitutional law, as well as on appeals in a wide variety of civil cases.

Mr. Witherby’s public law experience stems from his service as an Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau (now called the Administrative Law Division) of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office from 1982-1989, where he handled scores of administrative law and constitutional law cases.

Mr. Witherby has served as Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Committee for redistricting the Massachusetts Congressional and Senatorial districts following the U.S. Census of 2000, and again in 2010. He has also participated in redistricting litigation in Arizona, New York, and Rhode Island. He taught a Voting Rights seminar at Northeastern University School of Law in 2001. He heads the firm’s voting rights practice area.

Mr. Witherby has briefed and argued dozens of appeals in state and federal courts, including the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He heads the firm’s appellate practice area.

Administrative and Constitutional Law

Reed Witherby has extensive experience presenting and defending civil cases, including constitutional law cases, in trial and appellate courts. He concentrates his practice in the litigation of issues involving public law, including administrative and constitutional law. He heads the firm’s public law practice area.

Mr. Witherby’s public law experience stems from his service as an Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau (now called the Administrative Law Division) of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office from 1982-1989, where he handled scores of administrative law and constitutional law cases.

Appeals

Over the course of thirty years in public service and private practice, Reed Witherby has briefed and argued dozens of appeals in state and federal courts, including the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Witherby handles appeals across a wide range of civil subjects. He has particular expertise in government regulation, constitutional law and other public law fields, as well as with single justice practice matters unique to Massachusetts. He also represents clients on appeal in numerous other fields including product liability, medical malpractice, insurance coverage and contract disputes, often in collaboration with other highly rated trial and appellate lawyers at Smith Duggan.  He heads the firm’s appellate practice area.

Voting Rights

Mr. Witherby has served as Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Committee for redistricting the Massachusetts Congressional and Senatorial districts following the U.S. Census of 2000, and again in 2010.  He has also participated in redistricting litigation in Arizona, New York, and Rhode Island.  He taught a Voting Rights seminar at Northeastern University School of Law in 2001. He heads the firm’s voting rights practice area.

Publications

  • "Citizenship, Theories of Representation, and the Determinations of Population Equality and Racial Bloc Voting in the 2011 Redistricting Cycle," National Conference of State Legislatures, National Redistricting Seminar, Washington, D.C. (2011)
  • Co-author (with Paul A. Lazour), "Redistricting in Massachusetts," Chapter 10 in Massachusetts Election Administration, Campaign Finance and Lobbying Law (K. Green, M. Tassinari & B. Fierro, eds., MCLE 2012)
  • "Minority Vote Dilution Analysis," National Conference of State Legislatures, National Redistricting Seminar, Dallas, TX (2001)
  • Comment, "The Right of the Press to Gather Information after Branzburg and Pell," 124 U. Pa. L. Rev. 166 (1975)

Presentations

  • Adjunct Professor (Voting Rights Seminar), Northeastern University School of Law (2001)
  • Guest lecturer on Redistricting, Suffolk University Law School (1997, 1999-2001, 2005-07)