William T. Reid IV
William T. Reid, IV (“Bill”) is a founding member of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP (“RCT”). A true trial lawyer, Bill has tried a wide range of civil and criminal cases to verdict before judges and juries for over 25 years.
For example, in 2014-15, Bill tried tandem jury and bench trials over two, three-week trials against Credit Suisse winning both and proving that Credit Suisse fraudulently syndicated a $540 million real estate development loan. In September 2015, the trial court awarded a $287.5 million judgment. Bill argued the appeal before the Dallas Court of Appeals and in February 2018, the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment.
For three years as an Assistant United States Attorney during the 1990′s, Bill focused on complex drug and corruption prosecutions, trying 25 cases to verdict (and getting 24 convictions) and prosecuting hundreds of cases annually. Since returning to private practice in 2000, Bill has put his experience to good use in the courtroom, rarely going a year without taking at least one commercial case to trial. Bill has never lost a jury trial since returning to private practice in 2000. Since 2009, Bill has obtained several top-100 trial judgments/verdicts for his plaintiff clients. He is currently managing a docket of plaintiff’s litigation far in excess of $1 billion.
Just recently in December 2017, Bill won an acquittal in a public corruption case against Olga Hernandez, a San Antonio School Board member accused of bribery. Bill handled the Hernandez case pro bono because he felt that the case was unjust. After winning the Hernandez case, Bill accomplished what few trial lawyers accomplish in their careers – jury trial wins as both civil plaintiff and defendant as well as criminal prosecutor and pro bono defense lawyer.
A seasoned commercial litigator, Bill has extensive experience litigating, and trying, a broad range of complex commercial and financial cases. Many of Bill’s cases at RCT fall within the categories of insolvency litigation, professional malpractice, business torts, fraud, and complex financial transactions. He has handled many cases arising out of Ponzi schemes and cross-border frauds, as well as fiduciary litigation, professional liability cases, and bad-faith insurance actions.
Bill’s complex commercial litigation practice is national and international in scope. He currently represents several public companies, numerous hedge funds, private equity funds, offshore liquidators, bankruptcy fiduciaries, and SEC receivers, among others. Bill’s active cases span an array of jurisdictions and involve clients, assets, and witnesses located throughout the world.
For example, in September 2017, Bill filed a $74 million fraudulent transfer case in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where he was admitted pro hac vice. Bill continuously handles a docket of litigation matters on behalf of offshore liquidators and other foreign clients.
Meanwhile, Bill has established the firm as a national player in professional malpractice claims, particularly legal malpractice and accounting malpractice claims most often against large institutional defendants. Because professional malpractice claims often implicate sensitive, embarrassing, and reputational issues, a large percentage of these cases are resolved on a pre-suit basis without ever reaching a courtroom.
Bill has been named both a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America and a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation in 2019. Bill has been recognized in the Lawdragon 500 best lawyers in the U.S. and Bill has been listed in the National Law Journal’s Top-100 verdicts twice since 2009.
Bill is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and all of the United States District Courts in Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, the New York State Bar, and the State Bar of Texas.
After law school, Bill served as a law clerk to the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Bill received his J.D., cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was an editor of the ST. JOHN’S LAW REVIEW. Bill received a dual undergraduate degree – a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Accounting – from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, cum laude.
- In December 2014, Bill won a three-week jury trial on behalf of certain Highland Capital Management funds after which a Dallas jury found Credit Suisse liable for fraudulent inducement and awarded his client $40 million in damages. In June 2015, Bill won a follow on three-week bench trial after which the trial court entered a $287.5 million judgment on all claims. The judgment is now on appeal. The claims against Credit Suisse stemmed from its role as syndication agent on a $540 million refinancing of the Lake Las Vegas debt. After winning an appeal in the New York Appellate Division, Bill and his team continue to prosecute parallel claims against Credit Suisse seeking an additional several hundred million dollars.
- Bill continues to pursue several hundred million in damages against the former management of ChinaCast Education Corporation.
- In just the last two years, Bill and his teams have secured over $1 billion in settlements and judgments.
- Bill was co-lead counsel in a $250 million case against CBRE in connection with an appraisal it issued on the Lake Las Vegas development. Bill brought Munger Tolles & Olson into the case to act as his as co-counsel. The case was settled in 2013 for a confidential amount. The action was pending in Dallas District Court.
- In 2013, Bill settled on confidential terms a $95 million legal malpractice case against an international law firm arising out of its negligent documentation of a CDO warehouse extension. The action was pending in Dallas District Court.
- In October 2009, Bill won a $20.1 million jury verdict in San Antonio federal district court after a four-week trial in City of San Antonio v. Hotels.com, which is one of very few class actions to proceed to a jury verdict. The case was brought on behalf of 173 Texas cities over whether the online travel companies owed taxes on the retail amount that customers pay for the room rather than the wholesale or net rate that they pay taxes on.