Randy received a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from the Illinois State University in 1971. He graduated second in his class from Washington University School of Law in 1974 and upon graduating was elected to the National Honor Society Order of the Coif.
Randy was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and Federal Court system in 1974. Since Randy initiated his practice, he has specialized in the area of civil trial work and has tried hundreds of injury cases before a jury or arbitration panel. Randy has received, during the course of his litigation career, record setting and/or large verdicts in Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, Whiteside, Stephenson and other Northern Illinois and Wisconsin counties.
Randy is a member of Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on various boards and in positions of leadership for numerous local not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.
Randy works out of both the Rockford and Polo offices and continues to concentrate his practice in the area of serious personal injury and worker's compensation.
After graduating from Auburn High School in Rockford in 1965, Gary joined the Army in April 1966 and by October 1966 was stationed in Vietnam serving as a Crew Chief on a helicopter. He served in Vietnam for over a year and after three years was honorably discharged from the Army. Upon his discharge he worked in construction and in local factories before joining the Rockford Police Department. He served on the Rockford Police department for ten years and left to continue his education. He attended Thomas Cooley Law School and graduated in January 1986. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and in Federal Court. His background gives him a unique perspective in the area of criminal defense. His practice is focused in the area of personal injury, workers compensation, and criminal defense.
Bernard is the patriarch of the firm Reese & Reese. He was raised in Rockford where he attended both grade school and high school. His father, Bernard P. Reese Sr., owned a small appliance store downtown, which eventually became the Reese Sewing Center on Auburn Street.
Bernard Jr. served as a bombardier for the Army Air Force in World War II. After the war he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois. He then attended and graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Law with a doctor of law degree.
In 1955 Bernard was licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, and soon after was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He taught on the staff at the University of Illinois, as well as the staff of Rockford College. He is a member of the Rockford Lions Club and President of International Reapers Foundation, Inc.
In his nearly 50 years of trial experience he has litigated hundreds of cases on behalf of the injured, both in State and Federal Courts. Those cases include injuries from hazardous waste and prescription drugs. His repertoire also includes cases in business law, wills, trusts and estates. Numerous not-for-profit organizations have obtained his services for who he has traveled on their behalf literally around the world. Bernard continues to be available for consultation and evaluation of cases in our firm. He is available as an expert witness in the area of legal malpractice. His extensive experience, including the specialized area of products liability is an invaluable service to the firm of Reese & Reese.