Margery N. Reed, bankruptcy lawyer

Margery N. Reed
Margery N. Reed
Posted: January 02, 2014

Margery Neuman Reed, 59, of Bryn Mawr, a bankruptcy attorney and partner at the Duane Morris law firm, died of cancer Monday, Dec. 30.

Mrs. Reed, who was recognized as an authority in her field, served as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a group of top bankruptcy lawyers.

Though she spent the last four years battling advanced thyroid cancer, Mrs. Reed remained an active and skilled lawyer, said John Soroko, Duane Morris' chairman and CEO. Until recently, "she was frankly buoyed by thinking about the firm, thinking about clients, working on things related to the practice of law. She felt a lot of satisfaction out of doing that, right up until the very end."

Mrs. Reed was a graduate of Vassar College and Villanova University School of Law. She joined Duane Morris as a summer associate while still in law school and never worked anywhere else. She became a partner in 1990.

Mrs. Reed "was very well-known nationally, not only as a top bankruptcy lawyer, but, in particular, as one of the leading women lawyers in that field, which historically has been dominated by men. She was a real force to be reckoned with," Soroko said.

Her work was recognized by many organizations. In addition to her fellowship with the American College of Bankruptcy, Mrs. Reed chaired the Bankruptcy Conference for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a director of the Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society.

Mrs. Reed represented financial institutions, insurance companies, and creditors in bankruptcy cases.

"She was tremendously accomplished, very much in demand by clients for her legal skills, and among younger lawyers in the firm for her skills as a teacher and mentor," Soroko said."

She could be serious and matter-of-fact, Soroko said, but was always "very cheerful and optimistic, a can-do person."

U.S. Circuit Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, a friend and former colleague, said Mrs. Reed always had a positive attitude. "I can only picture her - whether working on cases at the firm or more recently, chatting over dinner - with a smile on her face and laughter about something bizarre that had happened. I will remember her always as the consummate professional and friend," Rendell said in a statement.

Mrs. Reed's illness was long and painful, but "she never complained," Rendell said. "When you were with her, it was never about her."

Survivors include her husband, Raymond "Duffy" Reed, and a daughter, Rachel.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne, Pa. 19034. Burial will be in Haym Salomon Memorial Park, Frazer. Shivah will be observed at the Reed home at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.

Contributions may be made to the Penn Thyroid Center, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Medicine, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia 19104, or the congregation at the address above.


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