Lisette Reid is currently an Assistant United States Attorney serving in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Born in Trinidad, she moved to the United States with her family at the age of six and settled inMissouri. While growing up, she observed her father earn an undergraduate and master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in accounting and was inspired by his accomplishments to pursue her own educational goals. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri in 1983, and a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1986, and began her legal career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Andrew J. Higgins at the Missouri Supreme Court.
In 1987, she was accepted into the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program, and moved to Miami, Florida, to serve as an Assistant United States Trustee. In 1989, she became a member of the Florida Bar and, in 1990, left the government to become a litigation associate at the Miami law firm of Valdes-Fauli, Bischoff, Kriss, & Mandler, P.A. For the next five years, her practice focused on bankruptcy law, and other commercial litigation in both state and federal courts.
In 1995, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney litigating civil cases. In 1997, she transferred to the appellate division where she has written hundreds of appellate briefs and has argued both civil and criminal cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also trains Justice Department lawyers at the government’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, serving as an instructor on appellate advocacy, legal writing and ethics for appellate lawyers.
Ms. Reid has served on several court committees. She has served on the Rules Committee and on the Ad hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review, and Attorney Grievance of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She also served on the Committee for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal, one of the state’s intermediate appellate courts.
Committed to service in the community as well, she has been a board member of Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores and Switchboard of Miami, and a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami Program, and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office Drug Education for Youth Program.