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States of Admission: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennesse
Reed was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Litigation lawyers in Mississippi by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Reed was also selected as one of the 10 Best (Family Law) Attorneys for Mississippi by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA).
After graduating from Brandon High School, Reed attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) on scholarship studying political science with an emphasis in criminal justice programs. Initially, he planned to join either the FBI and/or the United States Marine Corps. These plans changed when he met his to-be wife, the former Dee Dee Burt, and was offered another generous scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
While in law school Reed made good grades and graduated at the top of his class. By this time he had both a wife and son to support so God’s blessings were particularly bountiful when he was offered a good job with a reputable insurance defense law firm which had an office in Oxford, a wonderful place to live.
After several years, Reed joined his supervising attorneys informing what is today Freeland Martz, PLLC. During this period, Reed and his wife had more children and adopted two others. Reed and Dee Dee have five children (Gabriel, Margaret, Jonathan, Anna, and Claire), all of whom are homeschooled by a mother with the patience of a saint. They also have a beloved standard poodle, Ollie, and only half-jokingly question the need for any other breed.
In his free time, Reed enjoys distance running and outdoor sports including camping, hunting, and shooting. Due to his passion and years of study Reed is regarded by many to be the foremost expert on Mississippi gun rights and 2nd Amendment issues. He is actively involved in the community and faith-based organizations. Reed and his family are members of Grace Bible Church of Oxford.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, University of Mississippi, 2001; Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, University of Mississippi School of Law, 2003. While in law school, Reed was on the Mississippi Law Journal. He also served as a teaching assistant for constitutional law.
Publications: Check Your Guns at the Door, Or Not (Mississippi Lawyer, Summer 2013); A Concise Summary of Mississippi Weapon Laws; Ethical Consideration Regarding the Representation of Clients With Questionable Competency; A Constitutional Analysis of Random Vehicle Searches Outside Airports, 73 Miss. L.J. 263 (2003); Searches by Private Individuals and the General Inapplicability of the Fourth Amendment, Vol. III, No. 1 Holy Cross L.J. 99 (2004).