Jesse Reiter | Detroit, Michigan Attorney Solely Focusing on Birth Injury Cases
Jesse Reiter is passionate about helping families whose children have been injured by negligence and medical malpractice. Since the beginning of his legal career in 1987, he has focused specifically on birth injury cases. With birth injury being Jesse’s sole focus his entire career, he has unique experience in all areas of this complex field of litigation. His skills, hard work ethic, and dedication have resulted in many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Jesse remains active in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG), which is comprised of leading attorneys from around the world who focus on birth injury cases. Jesse is a past Chair of the BTLG, and he was Chair of the BTLG’s newsletter from 2010 – 2011.
Jesse is a compassionate birth injury attorney who spends a lot of time with his clients so he can get to know the children and their families. Jesse wants to understand the lifelong needs of each child he represents. Once Jesse gets to know a family, he is there for them for life.
Recognized as among the top in his field, he is an executive board member and past Chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, a group of leading birth injury attorneys from around the world that represent birth injured children and their families. He was also Co-Editor of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter from 2009-2011. Jesse is a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American Association for Justice’s National College of Advocacy. In 2015, Jesse was elected to the AAJ Board of Governors. His work with the AAJ’s Professional Negligence Section includes past Chair, Newsletter Editor, and Secretary. For the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), Jesse serves or has served as a President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Board Member. He has also served on the MAJ’s Judicial Qualifications Committee, Constitutional Challenge Committee, and Coalition/Community Action Committee. Jesse maintains active roles in a number of other professional group and associations as well.
Jesse has also been recognized by numerous associations and publications. He was named by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly as a 2012 “Leader in the Law” and “Lawyer of the Year” in 2006; listed in The Best Lawyers in America (since 2008); AV-Preeminent Rated through Martindale Hubbell; Avvo Superb Rated Attorney (10 out of 10); listed in Crain’s “Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit”; named a business Magazine “Top Lawyer;” recognized as one of Metro Detroit’s “Top Ten Personal Injury Lawyers;” and recognized for several consecutive years in Michigan SuperLawyers Magazine. Jesse has also appeared in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who, and Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans. He is also a member of the Ohio Association for Justice, the Academy of Trial Advocacy, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Jesse’s firm, Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, has been listed in the “Best Law Firms in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 2010.
In 2013, Jesse was selected as the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Respected Advocate Award Winner. This annual award is presented by the Michigan Association for Justice and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel to two attorneys. The award is given to attorneys who have a “history of success in civil litigation matters, unfailing adherence to the highest standards of ethics and candor in dealing with the court and with counsel, and the respect and admiration of counsel on the opposite side of the bar.” Jesse is also a Public Justice Foundation member. Public Justice is a group of attorneys from around the country who fight injustice and preserve access to courts for ordinary people.
Jesse’s Rise In The Legal Field
Jesse’s rise in the legal profession was a fast one. In law school, Jesse clerked for two federal judges and worked for a prominent Chicago law firm that defended hospitals. As a young attorney, Jesse realized his greatest passion was in helping babies and children. That’s when he decided to start his own law firm, American Baby & Child (ABC) Law Centers.
As a new attorney, Jesse joined the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), one of the nation’s most powerful groups that advocates for and creates laws that protect patients’ rights. Jesse rose through the ranks of the MAJ, starting out on the Executive Committee and the Constitutional Challenge Committee. He continued to rise through the ranks until he became the President of the MAJ for 2006 – 2007. Jesse is a member of the MAJ Judicial Qualifications Committee and has been Chair of the committee since 2008. Formerly serving as Fellow and secretary of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Jesse is the immediate past Chair of the Professional Negligence Section of the AAJ. The Professional Negligence Section is the umbrella group for all other AAJ negligence sections. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar, and the organization works to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice, even when taking on the most powerful interests. The Professional Negligence Section focuses on medical negligence cases, as well as other types of negligence, including litigation involving lawyers, dentists, therapists, clergy, and accountants.
Choosing Jesse Reiter As Your Birth Injury Attorney
Choosing a birth injury attorney is an important decision. How much compensation the attorney can obtain for your child–or whether or not your child receives compensation–will have a significant impact on your child’s future. It’s crucial to have the advocacy of a compassionate, experienced, and knowledgeable attorney.
Many attorneys call themselves “birth injury attorneys” or “medical malpractice lawyers,” yet they focus on several other areas of law. It is critical to know exactly how much experience your attorney has with birth injury cases. In addition, the attorney you choose should have experience in handling cases that involve the conditions that caused your child’s injury, as well as experience in cases that involve the type of injury or injuries your child has, such as cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), intracranial hemorrhages, seizure disorders, and others. Of course, you may not yet know what condition caused your child’s injury, and it is the job of your attorney to determine this. Skill and experience are essential in birth injury cases, and there is no substitute for experience.
It cannot be emphasized enough how crucial it is to fully research the attorneys and firms you are considering using for your case. When attorneys say they have experience, ask for names of clients you can speak with. Look on the firm’s website to see actual client testimonials. If an attorney claims to have obtained verdicts and settlements, ask if you can read about these cases. Many cases are written about in legal publications, so it’s a good idea to verify your potential attorney’s verdicts and settlements with publications such as Lawyers Weekly. It’s important to determine if the attorney you hire is going to send your case to a different firm and then split the attorney fees. When looking at the cases your potential attorney has won or settled, ask if the attorney and his or her firm worked on the cases alone or gave them to another firm to handle. It is good to know exactly who did the work for each case.
Jesse Reiter gives personal attention to every client. With decades of experience exclusively handling birth injury cases, Jesse has unmatched mastery of the litigation process, including skill in complex medical record review, research, negotiation, evidentiary issues, and trial tactics. Jesse has worked with some of the best medical and forensic experts in the country. Proving medical negligence is one of his best skills. Jesse’s dedication has helped him secure tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He finds no reward greater than helping a child have a secure future and be as independent as possible.
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