Caroline E. Reynolds Recognized as Both a Winning Litigator and a Trailblazer by The National Law Journal
Zuckerman Spaeder is pleased to announce that partner Caroline E. Reynolds has been honored with two recognitions from The National Law Journal. Most notably, Ms. Reynolds was named a 2020 Winning Litigator – one of just 31 lawyers nationwide to be included in this year’s list. Her recent achievements also led the publication to name her as a 2020 D.C. Trailblazer.
The recognitions center on Ms. Reynolds’s important work in the fight for mental health parity. In 2019, she led the trial team that delivered a landmark class action win against United Behavioral Health, which was found to have systematically and illegally denied the behavioral health claims of tens of thousands of individuals. The case, which has put a spotlight on the insurance industry’s pervasive mental health discrimination, was referred to by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy as “the Brown vs. Board of Education for the mental health movement.”
That case is just one part of a broad legal effort that Ms. Reynolds and others at Zuckerman Spaeder are leading, which is giving new hope to millions of mental health patients who previously had no recourse when facing unfair insurance claim denials. The firm’s cases are producing steady and meaningful change, not only by providing relief to plaintiffs and causing insurers to change coverage policies, but also by demonstrably changing health insurance law.
The National Law Journal’s Winning Litigators is an annual recognition that profiles attorneys who have had significant recent success. D.C. Trailblazers recognizes legal professionals in Washington, D.C. who have made significant marks in their sector and represent true agents of change.
The National Law Journal asked Ms. Reynolds to provide tips that are key to her success and she emphasized that “trial preparation begins with drafting (or responding to) the complaint and should motivate every step throughout the litigation. Stay laser focused on the trial; cases do not always end at summary judgment.”
Ms. Reynolds graduated from Yale Law School where she was Senior Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University.