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Federal Judge Francis M. Allegra of the United States Court of Federal Claims released his trial court opinion following a three week trial to the bench, finding in favor of 27 year United States Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover Special Agent Jay Dobyns (ret’d), against the defendant United States and the Department of Justice.
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J. Ernest Baird, P.C. serves clients throughout Arizona. Ernie Baird and Jim Reed have a wealth of experience representing clients in a wide range of critical practice areas, including commercial litigation and transactions, construction law, real estate, appellate practice, and arts and entertainment.
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J. Ernest Baird, P.C. is a Phoenix law firm that offers legal services at accessible rates. We are admitted to practice in Arizona state and federal courts, the Court of Federal Claims, the Third, Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We represent large corporations and small businesses alike, with an attention to detail that distinguishes us. Our cases and deals have appeared on NIGHTLINE, OPRAH WINFREY, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, on the front page of the Arizona Republic, and countless newspapers in Arizona and around the world through the AP Wire service.

Ernie Baird is a graduate of Duke Law School, a retired Captain and JAG Officer in the U.S. Air Force, and a former House Majority Leader in the Arizona State Legislature. Ernie Baird’s real estate deals have involved well known projects such as the largest IKEA store in Arizona, and he routinely provides opinion letters on deals in the tens of millions of dollars.

Jim Reed is a graduate of Columbia Law School with a 27 year litigation and appellate career. Like Ernie Baird, Reed is politically active, having served as national staff on two presidential campaigns and as a recount observer and field attorney during the 2000 Florida Presidential Recount. Reed was named one of nine “Amazing Arizonans” for 2015 by Arizona Republic for his trial court win against the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of ATF undercover agent Jay Dobyns, and was featured in USA Today for his trial court victory.

Baird and Reed associate with outstanding co-counsel for larger matters, if necessary. That is usually not the case. Baird and Reed recently together argued and won a $600,000 temporary restraining order against a lumber retailer transferring assets mid-case, and Reed won his three week trial against a five Justice Department attorneys, in a 500 exhibit trial, without co-counsel. Our deal and trial experience is bolstered by electronic trial and deposition technology that enables the firm to handle tens of thousands of documents in discovery and hundreds of exhibits at trial.

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Arizona Republic profiles reporter Richard Ruelas featured an article on Jim Reed in the Arizona Republic. The article focuses on Jim’s work in the Federal Court of Claims on behalf of retired ATF Agent Jay Dobyns entitled “Jay Dobyns v. United States“. The lawsuit went seven years, resulting in a plaintiff’s verdict and the denial of the Justice Department’s counterclaims for royalties for Mr. Dobyns bestseller “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.”
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Stacey Kelly, Esq.

“Jim Reed is a responsive, practical and highly efficient attorney. He represents Empire with respect to lien and credit issues and has consistently provided us with high quality legal representation.”

Stacey Kelly, Esq.Chief Counsel for Empire Southwest, LLC
Margaret Smith

“James Reed has represented my company for more than five years. In that time he has been exceptional in keeping us out of court, collecting our debt, and maintaining our customer relations. I would wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Reed to any company in need of accurate, in-depth legal advice.”

Margaret SmithNational Corporate Credit Manager, Rugby Architectural Building Products
Tom Knapp

“Jim Reed will move heaven and earth to deliver results for clients. Working with Jim over the past 14 years qualifies me to make that statement. Everything from product defect claims, preliminary notices, liens, bond claims and stop notices… there is no finer attorney or law firm in the construction industry. I have traveled across the country and scaled buildings investigating product defect claims… and (literally) Jim Reed was right by my side.”

Tom KnappRegion Director of Financial Services, The Sherwin Williams Paint Company.
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