Michelle Reed > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Dallas, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
2300 N. Field Street
Suite 1800
Dallas, TX 75201-2481
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Litigation; Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection


Michelle Reed, leader of Akin Gump’s Dallas Litigation Section, focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation, consumer class actions, and internal investigations. She co-leads the firm’s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice and has nearly two decades of experience advising companies, boards, and executives on navigating the evolving risks in privacy and cybersecurity regulation, securities enforcement, and class action litigation.

To learn more about Ms. Reed, please visit her full profile: https://www.akingump.com/en/lawyers-advisors/michelle-reed.html


Ms. Reed is a leading securities and cybersecurity lawyer who has been recognized by various industry directories and publications for many years, including Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers, Cybersecurity Docket and The Legal 500. In addition, she was named as a 2020 Attorney of the Year finalist and an inaugural 2019 Texas Trailblazer by the Texas Lawyer.


Co-Chair, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Subcommittee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association.
Panel Counsel, Directors and Officers Securities Claims and Investigation EdgeSM Panels of the American International Group.
Member, Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit.
Member, Texas Bar Association Pro Bono College.


B.A., with honors, Brigham Young University
JD, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, summa cum laude.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Based in San Francisco and Dallas, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice particularly stands out for its breadth, and is regularly sought out by companies needing to update their privacy policies in connection to the California Consumer Privacy Act, seeking representation in privacy and cybersecurity disputes, including data breach class actions as well as assistance in government and internal investigations. Regulatory advice and compliance are also strong areas, alongside transactional work. Natasha Kohne in San Francisco is an expert in the retail, health, financial services and energy sectors and co-heads the department together with Michelle Reed in Dallas, who specializes in privacy and security risk assessments and procedures to mitigate privacy and cybersecurity threats. Jo-Ellyn S. Klein is a key contact in Washington DC.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is highly regarded for representing leading financial institutions and public companies, including private investment funds, broker dealers, and public accounting firms, in private litigation arising under the federal securities and commodities laws, as well as related investigations and enforcement proceedings. The firm’s securities litigators regularly collaborate with its market-leading hedge fund and private equity fund advisory practice to handle cutting-edge litigation issues, such as short-swing trading claims for investment funds. Practice head Stephen M. Baldini in New York led the defense of a special committee of Eastman Kodak directors in investigations related to trading and stock options grants in advance of a public news announcement that the company had entered into a letter of interest concerning a loan from the United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC). M. Scott Barnard and Michelle Reed in Dallas also play key roles in the practice. In New York, the team gained emerging partner talent Uri Itkin from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in May 2022.