About Reese Richman

Reese Richman LLP represents investors, consumers and employees in a wide-array of class action litigation throughout the nation. The attorneys of Reese Richman LLP are skilled litigators with years of experience in federal and state court. Reese Richman LLP is based in New York, New York with attorneys also in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco, California.

The Attorneys of Reese Richman, LLP

Michael R. Reese

Mr. Reese litigates securities, consumer, and antitrust cases as class actions and on behalf of individual clients. Prior to joining private practice in 2000, Mr. Reese served as an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office where he served as a trial attorney prosecuting both violent and white-collar crime. Mr. Reese has extensive trial experience.

Achievements by Mr. Reese on behalf of consumers span a wide array of actions. For example, in Yoo v. Wendy’s International Inc., Mr. Reese was appointed class counsel by the court and commended on achieving a settlement that eliminated trans fats from a popular food source. See Yoo v. Wendy’s Int’l Inc., No. 07-CV-04515-FMC (JCx) (C.D. Cal. 2007) (stating that counsel “has conducted the litigation and achieved the Settlement with skill, perseverance and diligent advocacy”). In Chin v. RCN Corporation, Mr. Reese was appointed class counsel and commended by the court for stopping RCN’s practice of throttling its Internet customers through adverse network management practices. See Chin v. RCN Corp., No. 08-CV-7349-RJS, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96302 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2010) (stating that “class counsel is qualified, experienced, and able to conduct the litigation”).

Victories by Mr. Reese on behalf of investors include Siemers v. Wells Fargo, Inc., No. 05-CV-4518 (WHA) (N.D. Cal.) that resulted in settlement soon after the class was certified; In re Sears Roebuck and Co. Securities Litigation, No. 02-CV-07527 (N.D. Ill.), which resulted in a $215 million recovery for shareholders; In re American Express Financial Services Securities Litigation, No. 04-CV-01773 (S.D.N.Y.) and Spahn v. Edward D. Jones & Co. L.P., No 04-CV-0086-HEA (E.D. Mo.), both of which were actions against brokerages for alleged receipt of kickbacks from mutual fund companies that resulted in settlements of $100 million and $127.5 million, respectively.

Mr. Reese also has had great success at the appellate level advocating for consumers and investors. For example, in Olmstead v. Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc., No. BC257222 (Los Angeles Superior Court), Mr. Reese successfully litigated before the Supreme Court of California on behalf of consumers in a ground-breaking case that gave the named plaintiffs the right to obtain unredacted records of similarly-situated consumers who had complained to the defendants about deceptive practices. See Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc. v. the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 40 Cal. 4th 360 (2005). In Masters v. DirecTV, Inc., Mr. Reese successfully litigated before the Ninth Circuit that California laws can apply to consumers nationwide when the defendant corporation is headquartered within the state. See Masters v. DirecTV, Inc., No. 08-CV-55825, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 25479 (9th Cir. 2009).

Mr. Reese is a member of the state bars of New York and California as well as numerous federal courts. Mr. Reese received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1996 and his bachelor’s degree from New College in 1993.

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Kim E. Richman

Mr. Richman is with the New York offices of Reese Richman LLP from where he litigates consumer and securities fraud class actions. Mr. Richman also specializes in civil rights litigation. Mr. Richman is an accomplished trial attorney with experience both in federal and state courts.

Mr. Richman draws his class action expertise from previously working at both a small think tank in San Francisco and a large class action firm. His experience includes litigating cases ranging from protecting the privacy rights of consumers and fair use rights of the public to corporate fraud and insider trading.

Mr. Richman is experienced in handling both state and federal matters and has litigated dozens of trials to verdict.

Mr. Richman has also handled various federal civil rights claims, representing clients both individually and on a class-wide basis. These matters have involved, for example, protecting the wrongfully accused and victims of excessive force, advocating for factory laborers with regard to human rights issues, and protecting the civil liberties of hundreds of protestors arrested at a political march.

Mr. Richman is a member of the state bar of New York and the federal bars of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Richman received his juris doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2001 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1996, from where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Belinda L. Williams

Ms. Williams is based in New York from where she focuses her practice on class actions on behalf of defrauded consumers and investors. Ms. Williams has extensive experience in litigating complex commercial cases.

Ms. Williams is admitted to the bars of several federal courts as well as the state bars of New York and Maryland. Ms. Williams received her juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1986 and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1982.

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Jason C. Hardy

Mr. Hardy’s practice focuses on consumer class actions and civil rights litigation. Victories for Reese Richman LLP include a succesful motion that caused a large corporation to concede a crucial argument in a consumer fraud class action. Mr. Hardy has also contributed to class action complaints and various motions on behalf of a national civil rights law firm that focuses on lawsuits on behalf of children in foster care. Additionally, Mr. Hardy has advised a multi-national corporation on compliance issues, provided recommendations to a start-up company regarding novel insider trading questions, and conducted several mediations in Texas, New York, and New Jersey. Prior to law school, Mr. Hardy worked as an advocate for abused and neglected children in Texas.

Mr. Hardy is admitted to the state bar of New York and the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Mr. Hardy received his juris doctorate from New York University School of Law in 2011, where he served as an editor on NYU’s Moot Court Board and was a semi-finalist in a national moot court competition involving a securities class action. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University, where he graduated cum laude in 2001.

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Carl Hum

Mr. Hum is of counsel to Reese Richman LLP, advising the firm on regulatory matters, governmental affairs, and litigation strategy. Mr. Hum was previously the Executive Director of the New York City Districting Commission, responsible for re-drawing the city’s 51 Council districts in light of the decennial census and demographic changes and in compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act and New York City Charter. The United States Department of Justice pre-cleared the Commission’s district plan in May 2013 for the upcoming local elections from 2013-2023.

A noted non-profit leader, Mr. Hum was President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2012 where he advocated on the behalf of Borough of Brooklyn’s small business community. Mr. Hum has also served in leadership roles in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, helping advance the administration’s economic development agenda. In 2010, Mr. Hum was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York City Regional Economic Development Council. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Hum was an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted numerous felony and white-collar crime cases from arrest to disposition.

Mr. Hum holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics, and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from Wesleyan University (CT). Mr. Hum is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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Kate J. Stoia

Ms. Stoia is based in San Francisco from where she litigates securities and consumer class actions. Ms. Stoia previously worked at the law firms of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Prior to her work as a civil litigator, Ms. Stoia clerked for the Honorable Charles A. Legge of the Northern District of California.

Ms. Stoia is a member of the state bar of California and several federal courts. Ms. Stoia received her juris doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.

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Lance N. Stott

Mr. Stott is based in Austin from where he litigates consumer class actions. Consumer fraud class actions litigated by Mr. Stott include a case against Toshiba America Consumer Products for allegedly defective DVD players; a case against Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. and other defendants for allegedly defective television sets; another case against Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. and other defendants for allegedly defective DVD players; and, a case against Travelocity.com, Inc. for deceptive pricing for online hotel reservations.

Mr. Stott is a member of the state bar of Texas. Mr. Stott received his juris doctorate from the University of Texas in 1996 and his bachelor’s degree from New College in 1993.

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