John A. Reed, Jr.

John Alton Reed, Jr.
Born June 29, 1931
Washington, D.C.
Died February 18, 2015 (aged 83)
Hendersonville, NC
Spouse(s) Louisa Reed

John Alton Reed, Jr. (June 29, 1931 - February 18, 2015) is an American lawyer and former judge.

Reed was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1954 and his LL.B. from Duke University School of Law in 1956.

Reed was in private practice in Tampa, Florida from 1956 to 1957 and in Orlando from 1959 to 1967. Reed served as judge of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal from 1967 to 1973, and as chief judge of that court from 1971 to 1973.

President Richard Nixon nominated Reed to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on July 6, 1973, to the seat vacated by William McRae. Confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 1973, he received commission three days later.

Anne C. Conway, who later also was a judge of the District Court for the Middle District of Florida, was a law clerk for Reed.

Reed resigned from the court effective December 31, 1984. He returned to private practice in Orlando, where he was a named partner with the firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., After retirement, he became an arbitrator for Federal Arbitration, Inc., an arbitration firm specializing in federal cases. Reed died in February, 2015.


Legal offices
Preceded by
William McRae
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Succeeded by
Patricia C. Fawsett
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