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Mitch A. Reid


Spencer Fane attorney Mitch Reid

T 303.839.3791
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Mitch Reid serves clients across a wide breadth of industries with focus on fiercely defending companies when litigation arises. He represents businesses in complex commercial litigation including life, health, disability and pension insurance litigation, and business torts.

Mitch regularly works with managed care entities and administrators in all aspects of insurance litigation, including ERISA, Medicare, FEHBA and Affordable Care Act disputes. He also has extensive experience in ERISA benefits litigation, bad faith insurance practices litigation, prompt pay litigation and provider litigation, including contractual and extra-contractual disputes with providers and hospitals. Mitch represents clients in both state and federal courts, and he has handled over one hundred complex commercial arbitrations with favorable results for the client.

Additionally, Mitch has experience in oil and gas disputes, toxic tort litigation, contract disputes, debt collection, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disputes, and False Claims Act and qui tam actions. He has successfully represented clients (both plaintiffs and defendants) throughout the United States in large-scale commercial disputes that have included claims of breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Mitch completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to his legal career Mitch served as a captain in the U.S. Army,  specializing in military intelligence.

Highlights of Mitch’s career experience include:

  • Represented managed care company in parallel federal and state lawsuits against hospital systems seeking over $46 million in statutory penalties for alleged violations of the Texas Prompt Pay Act on self-funded medical claims. The Fifth Circuit held statutory penalties cannot be imposed upon self-funded plans and that our client was not liable to the hospital systems.
  • Lead counsel representing a managed care company in a JAMS arbitration filed by a hospital system seeking $4.3 million in damages under tortious interference and third-party contract claims. The arbitrator granted a complete summary judgment in our client’s favor dismissing all claims by the hospital.
  • Trial counsel representing managed care company in an AAA arbitration filed by a hospital system alleging violations of the Texas Prompt Pay Act that applies statutory penalties to medical claims that are not reimbursed within 30 days of submission. The hospital system alleged our client failed to timely pay thousands of hospital claims over a four-year period and sought $144 million in damages. The arbitrator ruled in our client’s favor on all legal issues and awarded the hospital roughly 1% of its requested damages.

Presentations and Publications

  • Quoted, “This was supposed to be the summer of their dream internships. Then COVID hit.,” Houston Chronicle, September 2, 2020


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Director, Board of Directors (2018-2020)
    • Co-Chair for HBA LegalLines (2005-2021)
    • Co-Chair of HBA Special Olympics Committee (2010-2011)
    • Member of HBA Special Olympics Committee
    • HBA President’s Award (2010, 2015, 2018)
  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service Board of Directors, President (2020)
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Member of HYLA Special Olympics Committee (2003-2008)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly (2010)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Volunteer Federal Limited Appearance Program
  • Volunteer Prosecutor, City of Houston (2009)

Contact Mitch Reid at 303.839.3791 or mreid@spencerfane.com.