After eight years as San Jose's mayor, Chuck Reed is picking up where he left off in the private sector. On Monday, Hopkins & Carley announced that Reed will join the Silicon Valley-based real estate law firm as a part-time attorney.
Before becoming a full-time politician, Reed was the managing partner of Reed, Elliott, Creech & Roth.
Though out of elected office for the first time in 15 years, Reed has said he plans to stay involved in civic affairs. The former mayor told San Jose Inside last year that he will defend his signature cause—pension reform, passed by 70 percent of voters in 2012 as Measure B—and try to bring a similar measure to the statewide ballot in 2016.
He also promised to defend San Jose's newly adopted medical marijuana ordinance, which could face a referendum by the cannabis industry in 2016.
Below is the press release sent by Reed's new employers:
Hopkins & Carley, a law firm serving Silicon Valley businesses and individuals, adds Chuck Reed, the former mayor of San Jose, as special counsel. Most recently completing two terms and eight years as mayor, Reed joins the firm’s Real Estate Group.
“After a long, illustrious civic career, Chuck had a number of options, and we are pleased that he decided to return to his legal roots by joining our firm. His extensive experience and knowledge of land use and environmental matters, as well as his commitment to renewable energy, will be invaluable to our clients and our attorneys, who have much to gain from his unique perspective,” said Hopkins & Carley’s Managing Shareholder Jeffrey Essner. “Chuck’s addition complements our outstanding team of real estate attorneys, which includes Joan Gallo, a former San Jose city attorney. The Real Estate Group provides clients with flexible, creative and pragmatic legal solutions and aims to achieve timely representation that anticipates and addresses problems and opportunities early in the legal process.”
“The reputation of Hopkins & Carley and, in particular, its Real Estate Group is stellar, as evidenced by the firm’s involvement in a large number of Silicon Valley’s high-profile projects. I look forward to working with these outstanding attorneys and offering the insight my civic experience provides,” said Reed. “Also, in choosing a firm, I sought one that shares my commitment to the community. Hopkins & Carley has consistently demonstrated its own commitment through its active roster of attorneys who serve on the governing boards and in leadership positions with several of our region’s most prominent arts and civic organizations.”
Hopkins & Carley’s Real Estate Group has more than 45 years of experience representing commercial property users, owners, developers, contractors and lenders. The 18-attorney practice counsels clients on real property transactions, permitting and litigation matters across a variety of industries, users, and needs including CEQA, land use and environmental matters. The Real Estate Group understands the unique physical and economic structure of businesses in Silicon Valley and beyond. Its work in the high-tech sector is much sought after by high-tech tenants, real estate agents, and brokers.
Early in his career, Reed was the managing partner of Reed, Elliott, Creech & Roth, where his practice focused on real estate, environmental and land use law, and he served on more than 20 boards, commissions, committees, and task forces. After two decades of civic participation, Reed was elected to the San Jose City Council. He became the 64th mayor of San Jose in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.
Reed earned his B.S., with distinction, from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1970), his M.P.A. from Princeton University (1972) and his J.D. from Stanford University Law School (1978).