Orville L. Reed is a partner in Stark & Knoll’s Litigation & Employment Group. Prior to joining Stark & Knoll, Orville practiced law in Akron for nearly 40 years. He focuses his practice on the areas of personal injury litigation, commercial litigation and insurance law. 

Orville has guided clients through complex commercial litigation and personal injury issues for nearly 40 years. Over the years he has received numerous awards honoring his successes in litigation and trial matters.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • State of Ohio

Bar Associations

  • Akron Bar Association (Member of the Board of Trustees)
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor, with distinction, 1973
  • Borromeo Seminary College of Ohio, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1969

Professional & Community Leadership

  • Akron Bar Association Foundation – Charter Fellow, Past Trustee
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - member
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County Capital Campaign - 2010
  • Scanlon-Bell Inn of Court
  • Summit County CYO – Past Board Member
  • United Way of Summit County – Past Board Member
  • Walsh Jesuit High School – Past Board Member

Honors & Awards

  • Akron Bar Association – 2009 Professionalism Award
  • Best Lawyers in America® - Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs and Defendants, 1989 – present
  • Best Lawyers® 2009, 2013 “Akron Bet-the-Company Lawyer of the Year”
  • Best Lawyers® 2011 “Akron Personal Injury Litigator of the Year”
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 “Akron Personal Injury Litigation Defendant’s Lawyer of the Year”
  • Chambers USA 2007 America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Inside Business Magazine Leading Lawyer, Business Litigation - 2001- present
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating since 2001, which indicates very high to pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as determined by professional colleagues
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® – 2004 - present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyers – 2007
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland – 2007, 2012
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers 2004 – 2006, 2009 – 2010, 2012