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breck@reedsmith.com

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Belynda is a partner in the complex litigation group at Reed Smith LLP, where she co-leads the firm's Mass Tort /Toxic Tort/Environmental Litigation practice. Belynda has almost 25 years of experience successfully representing large international companies, small businesses and public entities in federal and state courts and agency actions in numerous states in high profile matters involving toxic tort, water rights, global warming, §17200 (unfair business practice), products liability, OSHA, CERCLA, RCRA, and a variety of other statutes and common law. For example, Belynda has represented the County of Imperial with respect to restoration of the Salton Sea, represents numerous defendants in several toxic tort lawsuits involving over 3,000 plaintiffs and five class actions in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and counsels clients with respect to potential OSHA issues at numerous facilities nationwide. Belynda has significant successful trial experience in both state and federal court. For example, she successfully tried a CERCLA allocation case to judgment in federal court and successfully tried to defense verdict numerous products liability cases.

Credentials

  • University of Southern California, 1992, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • Illinois State University, 1986, B.S.

  • California

  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • Supreme Court - California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Washington State

  • Member and former Co-chair (2000 - 2001), Litigation Committee, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Life Member and Past President (2001 - 2002) California Women Lawyers
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • L.A. Biz’s Women of Influence List, 2014
  • Named "Super Lawyer" in Environmental Law, California Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Named “Top 75 Women Litigators in California,” L.A. Daily Journal, 2011
  • Named “Top 100 Women Lawyers in California,” L.A. Daily Journal, 2009, 2010, 2015
  • Finalist, 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2007