Jim Reist is an attorney with Smidt, Reist & Keleher, P.C. Jim practices primarily in the areas of business law, commercial disputes, professional responsibility, and bankruptcy. Jim also practices in the areas of education, museum and telecommunications law. He currently serves as chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the State Bar of New Mexico and has been a member of that committee for over 15 years. He was recently appointed to serve on the State Bar of New Mexico’s Client Protection Fund Commission. He is a frequent lecturer on his areas of practice for various professional groups and organizations.
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree, with high honors, from Wright State University and his J.D. degree from The Ohio State University. He is admitted to practice before the State courts in New Mexico, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Jim is a past-president of the Albuquerque Bar Association and is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Since 2010, he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Education Law.
Before Law and Personal Interests
Before Jim became a lawyer he served as the Deputy Director and Curator of Astronomy for the Dayton Museum of Natural History. He currently enjoys backpacking (including over 3,000 miles in the Grand Canyon), climbing, astronomy, history, nature and astrophotography.