About Reese LLP

Reese LLP litigates on behalf of everyday consumers and individuals, large and small investors, and small business owners. The attorneys of Reese LLP are litigators with years of experience in federal and state court — ranging on matters from consumer protection and securities fraud to antitrust and civil rights. Litigating class actions, as well as individual matters, across the nation, Reese LLP is a force for change when it comes to public health and corporate reform, as well as protecting the environment and your civil liberties.

Michael R. Reese

Mr. Reese litigates consumer and antitrust cases as class actions and on behalf of individual clients. Prior to entering 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 and his firm frequently work with non-profit groups to address deceptive marketing and advertising. For example, Mr. Reese and his firm are currently co-lead counsel with the Center for Science in the Public Interest ("CSPI") in several matters, including, Mantikas v. Kellogg Company and Worth v. CVS Pharmacy Inc. Mr. Reese and his firm also frequently work with Public Justice among other non-profit consumer advocacy groups.

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 fat 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)(KNF), 2010 WL 3958794, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96302 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2010).

Other recent victories by Mr. Reese and his firm in which they served as court appointed lead counsel include a $6.4 million settlement in Wong v. Alacer Corp., case no. CGC-12-519221 (San Francisco Superior Court) for consumers who bought the Emergen-C dietary supplement; a $6.1 million settlement in Howerton v. Cargill, Inc., case no. 13-CV-00336 (D. Hawaii) for consumers who bought Truvia branded sweetener; and, a $25 million settlement for mortgage borrowers in Huyer v. WellsFargo.

Mr. Reese is a frequent lecturer on issues of food litigation and class actions. Recently, Mr. Reese has been a guest speaker for the Union Internationale des Advocats in Porto, Portugal and Verona, Italy; on a panel with a member from Federal Trade Commission at the Food and Drug Law Institute in Washington, D.C.; a guest speaker at the Perrin Conference Annual Food Litigation in Chicago; and, a guest speaker at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Resnick Food Litigation Conference.

Mr. Reese is also an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches "The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation" and "Food Law."

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.

George V. Granade II

Mr. Granade is a partner at Reese LLP where he focuses on consumer class actions. Cases litigated by Mr. Granade include Martin v. Cargill, Inc., No. 0:13-cv-02563-RHK-JJG (D. Minn.) (class action involving “Truvia” sweetener product that settled for $6.1 million in redress for consumers); Barron v. Snyder’s-Lance, Inc., No. 0:13-cv-62496-JAL (S.D. Fla.) (class action involving food products labeled as “natural” ); and In re: Frito-Lay North America, Inc. “All Natural” Litigation, No. 1:12-md-02413-RRM-RLM (E.D.N.Y.) (class action involving food products labeled as "natural")

Mr. Granade received his juris doctorate from New York University School of Law in 2011. He received a master’s degree from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2005 with distinction and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2003, magna cum laude and with High Honors.

Maurice L. Hudson

Mr. Hudson is of counsel to Reese LLP, where he brings over a decade of legal experience to our efforts to protect clients and consumers from harmful corporate practices. As a former Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, Mr. Hudson successfully resolved dozens of federal civil cases brought in the district courts, obtained a favorable jury verdict as co-lead counsel in a multi-party SDNY civil suit, taught CLEs on litigation and constitutional law, trained junior attorneys on conducting depositions, and received the Division Chief's Award for outstanding legal work. After returning to the private sector, Mr. Hudson participated in litigating and negotiating claims on behalf of ordinary patients and consumers alleging injuries by powerful medical and pharmaceutical companies, and has continued to serve vulnerable communities as a volunteer immigration clinic attorney and as a California Social Welfare Archives board member.

While earning a juris doctorate in international law from Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Hudson received numerous honors and awards, including the Community Service Award, the Student Bar Leadership Award, appearances on the Dean’s List, and a CALI award for corporate governance. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hudson taught African American studies at UC Berkeley while earning a master’s degree in social welfare and served as director of the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity at UC Santa Barbara.

In addition to his ongoing work with our firm, Mr. Hudson consults for local education and law enforcement agencies, supervises direct-practice social work interns, and teaches evidence-based practice, program development and social innovation to masters and doctoral students at USC.

Sue J. Nam

Ms. Nam is of counsel at Reese LLP where she focuses on consumer class actions. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Nam was the General Counsel for NexCen Brands, Inc., a publicly traded company that owned a portfolio of consumer brands in food, fashion and homeware. Previously, Ms. Nam was Assistant Corporate Secretary at Prudential Financial, Inc. involved in corporate governance and corporate compliance. She also was Intellectual Property Counsel for Prudential Financial, Inc. Ms. Nam was an associate specializing in intellectual property and litigation at the law firms of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP in San Francisco, California and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York, New York. Ms. Nam clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit prior to joining private practice.

Ms. Nam is admitted to the bars of several federal courts as well as the state bars of New York and California. Ms. Nam received her juris doctorate from Yale Law School in 1994. She received a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Northwestern University in 1991.

Carlos F. Ramirez

Mr. Ramirez is based in New York, and he focuses his practice on the litigation of consumer class actions. Prior to entering private practice in 2001, Mr. Ramirez 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 crimes.

Previous and current consumer fraud class actions litigated by Mr. Ramirez include Coe v. General Mills, Inc., No. 15-cv-5112-TEH (N.D. Cal.) (involving false advertisement claims relating to the Cheerios Protein breakfast cereal); In re Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation, 16-md-2695-JB/LF (D.N.M.)(involving the deceptive marketing of cigarettes as “natural” and “additive free”); Lamar v. The Coca-Cola Company, et al., No. 17-CA-4801 (D.C. Superior Ct.) (involving the deceptive marketing of sugar drinks as safe for health); and Hasemann v. Gerber Products Co., case no. 15-cv-02995-MKB-RER (E.D.N.Y.)(case involving misrepresentation of health benefits of baby formula in violation of New York consumer protection laws).

Mr. Ramirez is a member of the state bars of New York and New Jersey. He is also a member of the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York. Mr. Ramirez received his juris doctorate from the Fordham University School of Law in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree from CUNY-John Jay College in 1994.

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.

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.

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.