Reed Law Offices
3032 S 87TH ST
Shayla Reed developed a love for the art of advocacy at a very young age. She was introduced to Lincoln Douglas Debate in ninth grade and became a championship debater in high school and college. She attended Creighton University and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. In college, she competed in the World Debating Championships in Australia and England.
After college, Shayla was selected be one a member of the United States Debate Team. She competed in tournaments throughout England. Scotland and Wales and competed against world class debaters such as the Oxford Debating Society.
Shayla attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law. She competed in the Client Counseling Competition and won second place at the national competition. She also competed in the Mock Trial Competitions, was a Member of LAW REVIEW and graduated with distinction.
After law school, Shayla was hired as an associate for a prestigious insurance defense law firm. During her first three years, she tried fourteen jury trials as a defense attorney in motor vehicle collision cases. Defense attorneys represent the person in the lawsuit who negligently caused the collision; not the injured victim.
During these three years, Shayla gained a great deal of jury trial experience. She also gained invaluable insight into how insurance companies value cases and the tactics they use to reduce and deny claims. Although she won all her jury trials, she found herself feeling sorry for the injured victims. The better she did her job, the less the injured victim would be compensated. Shayla will never forget her last jury trial as a defense attorney. She defended a driver who struck a 40 year old hospice nurse while the nurse was riding her bike. The injury left the nurse with permanent damage to her back. Shayla worked hard to represent her client and keep the verdict as low as possible. She was successful and the jury awarded the nurse less than five thousand dollars for her permanent injuries.
After trial, the nurse’s attorney called Shayla to congratulate her. He also told Shayla that his client did not hold any grudge against Shayla. She knew that Shayla was doing her job, but she also wanted Shayla to know that she believed God had a plan for Shayla. That day, Shayla quit her job. She knew she was on the wrong side and was supposed to be representing injured victims; not insurance companies and negligent drivers.
Since then, Shayla has devoted her law career to helping injured victims. To that end, she started her own law firm and now devotes her practice to helping victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Honors & Awards
Top 100 Trial Lawyers as selected by The American Trial Lawyers Association
Nebraska State Bar Association Fellow
One of Only 50 Lawyers in the Nation Selected for the 2003 Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
American Board of Trial Attorneys Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
World Universities Debating Championships, Oxford England, Semi-Finalist, 1993
World Universities Debating Championships, Melbourne, Australia, Octo-Finalist, 1994
National Champion Lincoln-Douglas Debate
National Champion Parliamentary (Impromptu) Debate
National Champion Best Speaker
Ranked Second in the Nation – Legal Client Counseling Competition
First Place, Regional Mock Trial Competition
International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Art &Science of Trial Advocacy
First Place, Regional Client Counseling Competition
First Place, Allan Moot Court Competition
First Place, Best Appellate Brief, Allan Moot Court Competition
United States Debate Team – One of only two debaters selected nationally to represent the
Lifetime Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Association
America’s Top 100 Attorneys
Invited Faculty Member for the American Association of Justice’s Trial Advocacy College and Advanced Deposition College
AAJ Nursing Home Depositions College Faculty Member – March of 2017 Washington, DC
AAJ Advanced Depositions College Faculty Member – January of 2017, New Orleans, LA
AAJ Trial Advocacy College Faculty Member – October of 2016, Atlanta, GA
Speaker at New Jersey Trial Attorneys’ “Boardwalk Seminar” in Atlantic City, NJ- April of 2017
The Nebraska State Bar Foundation – Lifetime Fellow awarded in 2017
The National Pound Civil Justice Institute Fellow – 2017
America’s Top One Hundred Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement Member – 2017