Reed R. Kathrein

Representing institutional, government and individual investors in securities fraud, and corporate governance cases.
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Current Role

  • Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Regular public speaker on securities, class action and consumer law issues

Experience

  • Litigated over 100 securities fraud class actions
  • Worked behind the scenes in shaping the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Lawyer Representative, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2008-2011
  • Chaired the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2006-2008
  • Co-chaired the Securities Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2004-2006

Legal Activities

  • Member, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)
  • Member and Speaker, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS)
  • Member, Council of Institutional Investors (CII)
  • Member, State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS)
  • Member, National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR)
  • Member, California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS)
  • Member, Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS)
  • Member, Illinois Public Pension Fund (IPPFA)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Term expires 2017)
  • Expedited Trial Rules Committee, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2010-2012
  • Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2008-2011
  • Chair/ Member, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2006-2008 

Recognition

  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007 - 2017

Notable Cases

  • Litigated over 100 securities fraud class actions including cases against 3Com, Adaptive Broadband, Abbott Laboratories, Bank of America, Capital Consultants, CBT, Ceridian, Commtouch, Covad, CVXT, ESS, Harmonics, Intel, Leasing Solutions, Nash Finch, Northpoint, Oppenheimer, Oracle, Pemstar, Retek, Schwab Yield Plus Fund, Secure Computing, Sun Microsystems, Tremont (Bernard Madoff), Titan, Verifone, Whitehall, and Xoma
  • Litigated many consumer, employment and privacy law cases including AT&T Wiretapping Litigation, Costco Employment, Solvay Consumer, Google/Yahoo Internet Gambling, Vonage Spam, Apple Nano Consumer, Ebay Consumer, LA Cellular Consumer, AOL Consumer, Tenet Consumer and Napster Consumer

Publications

  • "A Look at Recent Demographics and Other Statistics in Securities Fraud Class Actions," The NAPPA Report, October 2016
  • "Post-Morrison: The Global Journey Towards Asset Recovery," Reed R. Kathrein, Peter E. Borkon, Nick S. Singer, contributing members, NAPPA Morrison Working Group, June 2016
  • “Interview with Bernie Madoff,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, Fall 2015
  • “Is Your Fund Prepared for Halliburton?,” March 2014
  • “O Securities Fraud, Where Art Thou?, Enter Robocop,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, November 2013
  • “Professor Coffee to SEC: Hire Plaintiffs Bar!,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, May 2013
  • “Living in a Post-Morrison World: How to Protect Your Assets Against Securities Fraud,” Reed R. Kathrein, Peter E. Borkon, contributing members, NAPPA Morrison Working Group, 2012 
  • “SEC Action Necessary, But Not Sufficient to Protect Investors,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, November 2012
  • “Are You Watching Your Private Equity Valuations?” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, May 2012
  • “What Do Trustees Need to Know When Investing In Foreign Equities?,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, November 2011

Presentations

  • "Incoming! How the New Administration's Approach to Securities Laws and Regulations Affect Investors and Markets," MAPERS, Spring Conference, May 2017
  • “Occupy Wall Street through Reform of the Securities Law,” NCPERS, Legislative Conference, February 2012
  • “Legal Issues Facing Public Pensions,” Opal, Public Funds Summit, January 2012
  • “Protection vs. Interference – What the New Federal Regulations Mean to Institutional Investors,” NCPERS, Annual Conference, May 2011“The Immediate Need for Congress to Act on Investor Friendly Legislation,” NCPERS, Annual Conference, May 2010
  • “Investor Friendly Legislation in Congress,” NCPERS, Legislative Conference, February 2010

Personal Insight

Reed is a recovering rock-and-roll drummer and banjo ukulele player. His rock band, the Stowaways, was voted 4th best in the State of Illinois out of 300 bands in the Jaycees Battle of the Bands. Reed’s mother made his band costume of blue jean bell bottoms, sailor shirts and hats. The next year everyone wore blue jean bell bottoms to Woodstock. His prized possession is a 30lb Jeff Ocheltree snare drum made by Led Zeppelin John Bonham's  drum technician. The rest of his kit is patterned after Dave Matthews Band’s drummer, Carter Beauford. In his spare time, Reed works on playing Stairway to Heaven (drums) in his garage or Somewhere Over the Rainbow (banjo ukulele) in the High Sierra mountains.