Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis – Partner
Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis is a graduate of Smith College (B.A., magna cum laude, Government, 1981), the University of Lund, Sweden (First in Class, 1983), and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1986), where she was an Editor and on the Editorial Board of the University of Chicago Legal Forum (law journal). Ms. Reavis’ practice areas include corporate operations and brand management, media and intellectual property law, employment matters and dispute resolution. She regularly counsels on general company and organization matters, intellectual property development and disputes and a broad array of employment matters including company expansion and restructuring, internal documentation and policy materials, executive compensation, employment agreements, hiring and separation arrangements, wage and hour issues and internal company practices. She regularly counsels companies, organizations and individuals with respect to the avoidance or resolution of discrimination and other types of workplace issues. Ms. Reavis and her colleagues also counsel companies and organizations on management and workplace training, internal investigations, regulatory matters, agency filings and defense, and dispute resolution including conciliation and mediation and, when appropriate, arbitration and litigation. Ms. Reavis has received the highest rating (AV 5.0 out of 5.0) from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Prior to law school, Ms. Reavis worked at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit and Trial Division. Early in her career, Ms. Reavis resided abroad and worked for several law firms located in Europe, Australia and Asia. Ms. Reavis has been a guest lecturer at New York University, Georgetown University, the University of California, Fordham University School of Law and numerous other colleges and universities. She has been a contributor or moderator on panels arranged by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Practicing Law Institute, Oxford University, Georgetown University Business School and numerous industry organizations, conferences and film festivals. She has been Counsel to and Chairman of the Board of the Women’s City Club of New York (a political reform organization, also known as the WCC); Counsel to and on the Board and Executive Committee of Women Make Movies (a not-for-profit film sponsorship and distribution organization); and a Member of the Women’s Forum (a women’s leadership advocacy organization). Ms. Reavis was formerly on the Board of the Friends Seminary School where she was Chair of the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. Ms. Reavis was recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation for her successful work in Title IX desegregation in scholastic sports, and received the WCC’s coveted Centennial Civic Spirit Award for her transformational work in anti-discrimination, employment law, television and film.
Ms. Reavis and her husband, Steven M. Engel, are supporters of the use of media to shed light on legal issues of global concern and have collaborated on human rights films produced for the United Nations, nonprofit organizations, and television broadcasters. They produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary film, A Walk to Beautiful, on the subject of obstetric fistula, a life-threatening and often fatal childbirth injury suffered by women and girls in developing countries who have little or no access to medical care. A Walk to Beautiful was featured or won awards at over 35 film festivals around the world, won the coveted Best Feature Documentary Award from the International Documentary Association, was among the feature films considered for Academy Award nomination, and won an Emmy Award for the television version of the film.
Ms. Reavis is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Ms. Reavis is a Partner and Principal of the Firm.