Reeves Anderson represents businesses, individuals, states, and foreign governments in appeals and trial litigation involving novel or complex questions of constitutional, statutory, or international law. He has represented parties and amici in 40 cases before the US Supreme Court on topics ranging from water rights to sovereign immunity to commercial speech. Mr. Anderson also maintains an active practice before the federal courts of appeals and US district courts, where he focuses mainly on cross-border and foreign-affairs disputes. His work has been featured in Chambers GlobalNational Law Journal's Appellate Hot List, and American Lawyer.

Mr. Anderson was appointed to the firm’s Pro Bono Committee in 2011. His pro bono clients have included Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis and the Adoptive Couple in the landmark Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.

Mr. Anderson graduated as valedictorian from North Carolina State University with degrees in political science and chemistry. He earned his JD from Yale Law School and a Master’s degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Anderson’s legal research and commentary have been published in the National Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of International Law, and Nature, and cited by the New York TimesWashington Post, and other prominent news outlets. In 2015, he received the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's national Research and Policy Award.

Experience

  • Carpenter v. Murphy, No. 17-1107 (U.S. Supreme Court, pending). Successfully petitioned for certiorari on behalf of the State of Oklahoma on whether Congress disestablished tribal boundaries of Indian Territory in eastern Oklahoma upon statehood in 1907.
  • BNSF v. Loos, No. 17-1042 (U.S. Supreme Court, pending). Representing BNSF on the calculation of employment taxes for railroad workers.
  • Frank v. Walker, 135 S. Ct. 7 (2014). Represented petitioners in successful emergency application to reinstate injunction of Wisconsin's voter ID law for the 2014 general election.
  • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 570 U.S. 637 (2013). Represented petitioners at the certiorari and merits stages, where the Supreme Court held that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not preclude the firm's clients from adopting a child of Native American heritage whom they had raised since birth.
  • Tarrant Regional Water Dist. v. Herrmann, 569 U.S. 614 (2013). Represented respondents in an water rights dispute between Oklahoma and Texas over the Red River Compact, in which the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Oklahoma's water statutes are neither preempted by the Compact nor prohibited by the Commerce Clause.
  • Marx v. General Revenue Corp., 568 U.S. 371 (2013). Represented respondent at the merits stage, where the Supreme Court affirmed the right of prevailing defendants to seek litigation costs under the federal debt collections statute.
  • Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 569 U.S. 108 (2013). Represented multinational companies as amici curiae regarding the extraterritorial scope of the Alien Tort Statute.
  • Kloeckner v. Solis, 568 U.S. 41 (2012). Represented petitioner at the certiorari and merits stages, where the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a federal employee who claims that an adverse employment action violates an antidiscrimination statute should seek judicial review in district court, not the Federal Circuit.
  • Henderson v. Shinseki, 562 U.S. 428 (2011). Represented petitioner at the merits stage, where the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the deadline for filing a notice of appeal with the Veterans Court does not have jurisdictional consequences.
  • Fuentes v. Zaragoza, --- S.W.3d ----, 2018 WL 2437120 (Tex. Ct. of Appeals). Represented prominent Mexican industrialist on appeal to successfully overturn a divorce decree rendered in Houston, Texas. The underlying default judgment was one of the largest divorce awards in US history.
  • Schermerhorn v. State of Israel, 876 F.3d 351 (D.C. Cir. 2017). Represented the State of Israel and its ministries to secure dismissal based on sovereign immunity in lawsuit arising out of the interception of the “Gaza flotilla” in May 2010.
  • Ben Haim v. Edri, 183 A.3d 252 (N.J. App. Div. 2018). Successfully represented foreign judges and government official on question of first impression in state court on the scope of conduct-based foreign official immunity.
  • Sea Search Armada v. Republic of Colombia, 821 F. Supp. 2d 268 (D.D.C. 2011), aff'd 522 F. App'x 1 (D.C. Cir. 2013). Successfull defended dismissal of all claims against a South American government in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit over the rights to recover a sunken treasure ship.
  • WPIX, Inc. v. ivi, Inc., 691 F.3d 275 (2d Cir. 2012). Successfully represented television broadcasters on appeal in a copyright infringement suit to prevent unauthorized retransmission of TV programming over the Internet.
  • United States ex rel. Batiste v. SLM Corporation, 659 F.3d 1204 (D.C. Cir. 2011). Successfully defended a leading financial service provider on appeal under the False Claims Act.

Perspectives

With a Lot of Help From Their Friends
Daily Journal's "Weekly Appellate Report" Podcast
Supreme Court Amicus Curiae Review: 'Friends of the Court' Roared Back in 2017–18 Term (pdf)
The National Law Journal
In Quiet Term, a Drop in Amicus Curiae at the Supreme Court (pdf)
The National Law Journal's Supreme Court Brief
Covering the Contractors: The Current State of the Government Contractor Defense (pdf)
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
In Unusual Term, Big Year for Amicus Curiae at the Supreme Court (pdf)
The National Law Journal
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Recognition

US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Research and Policy Award (2015)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Yale Law School
  • MPhil, Trinity College Dublin
  • BA/BS, North Carolina State University
Admissions
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York, The Honorable Stephen C. Robinson
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