Attorneys Who Keep the Best Interests of Their Clients in Mind
Unlike large law firms, where you may never meet or talk to the primary attorney working on your case, at Nichols, Catterton, Downing & Reed you can count on personal attention from at least one attorney from the firm. This is because as a small firm, quality relationships with our clients is important in keeping the company running smoothly.
Additionally, our attorneys are very knowledgeable in all areas of the law, although each attorney has special areas of law in which they have advanced expertise. When calling our office, a staff member will be able to put you in touch with the best attorney to deal with your specific situation.
James E. Reed
University of California, Berkeley - Bachelor of Science, 1968-1972
San Francisco Law School - Juris Doctorate, 1972-1976
Golden Gate University - Masters of Science in Taxation, 1984-1987
James E. Reed (also known as Jim Reed) primarily practices law in the areas of estate & tax planning, but also is a successful litigator. In Shasta County he obtained a jury verdict of $4.18 Million Dollars for a seriously injured client (Seawright v. Tucker). Jim has nearly 40 years of experience as a litigation attorney.
His litigation practice is primarily concentrated in Probate Litigation, such as Will Contests. He was able to have a Will thrown out of Court in Alameda County that gave a multi-Million Dollar Estate to an acquaintance of decedent so that relatives and charities named in a prior Will became the final beneficiaries after a lengthy trial (Estate of Garcia). He successfully defended a Will in Contra Costa County in a trial that saw more than 10 expert witnesses testify, resulting in the disinheritance of the decedent’s estranged daughters (Estate of Redfearn).
Jim has a special ability to settle cases and has done so in most Counties located in Northern California as well as several in Southern California. He works out of all of our offices.
Carol Veres Reed
California State University, Hayward - Bachelor of Science, 1969-1973
San Francisco Law School - Juris Doctorate, 1973-1977
Carol Veres Reed is the firm's probate specialist, and can answer any question dealing with wills, trusts, and estate planning. Carol has been certified by the California Bar Association as a Specialist in the areas of Probate and Estate Planning. She is married to Jim Reed. Carol works in all three offices, but primarily in Lafayette and in Oakland, where she used to run an office with her father, Robert L. Veres, and her brother Richard, in the firm of Veres, Reed & Veres.
Richard K. Veres
California State University, Hayward - Bachelor of Science, 1982-1987
San Francisco Law School - Juris Doctorate, 1987-1991
Richard Veres has a large breadth of legal knowledge, covering subjects such as civil litigation, breach of contract, landlord/tenant, property rights and family law. Richard works primarily in the Lafayette office, but he also used to be a partner in the law firm Veres, Reed & Veres with his sister, Carol and his father, Robert L. Veres, in Oakland.
Brooke Veres Reed
University of California, Santa Barbara - Bachelor of Arts, 2001-2005
University of California, Hastings - Juris Doctorate, 2005-2008
Brooke Veres Reed is an independent contractor associated with the firm. She primarily practices appellate law. Brooke was a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing, as well as Moot Court for her second and third years of law school. She picked up some invaluable jury experience the summer after her second year in law school, when she was picked as a juror for a 4 week jury trial in Shasta County. Brooke is the daughter of Jim and Carol Reed and works primarily from her home in San Francisco, but takes appointments in the Lafayette office.
Direct email: BReed@ncdrlaw.com