Cathryn A. ReynoldsStockholder
Cate represents entities and individual clients regarding their commercial law needs. She also enjoys counseling nonprofit entities on governance, corporate and transactional matters. Cate assists business owners and other stakeholders in the various stages of a business life cycle. She assists clients at the outset of their business planning by providing guidance on formation, governance and business owner relations. She also assists with day-to-day legal needs, such as negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. Finally, Cate guides clients in developing business succession plans, keeping their business and personal objectives in mind. She often manages complex transactions, such as acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and commercial lending and borrowing arrangements.
Cate is experienced in counseling stakeholders and corporate and nonprofit boards, and working directly with executive leadership to provide practical guidance on the legal issues that impact operations. Cate recognizes that corporate governance and management are not static issues, but rather require continued attention and tending over time as organizations grow and develop. Her goal is to help clients effectively manage legal issues such that legal challenges do not become a hurdle to success.
Before joining Reid and Riege, Cate practiced for more than ten years with an Am Law 200 firm, where she was a partner in the Business Transactions and Finance practice groups.
- Represented a closely held business in the acquisition of the business and assets of one of its suppliers to achieve operational efficiencies and synergistic growth.
- Represented a nonprofit corporation in the transfer of assets to a municipality to preserve the legacy of the founding benefactors of the nonprofit entity. Worked closely with the executive committee in negotiating the terms of the transfer, and counseled the board of trustees throughout the process.
- Represented a specialty food manufacturer in a bid auction sale process resulting in a sale to a subsidiary of the world’s leading producer of cereal and convenience foods. Worked closely with the client’s investment bankers in advising the board of directors throughout the process.
- Represented a medical services provider in negotiating its system license agreement for electronic health records to enhance clinical integration of patient care.
- Business Services
- Finance & Lending
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Health & Human Services
- State of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
- Colby College, B.A. (cum laude)
Professional & Community Involvement
- Connecticut Bar Association, Business Law Section
- American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Town of Hamden Civil Service Commission, Past Commissioner
- Mark Twain Museum & Memorial, Board of Trustees, Past Member
- AIDS Connecticut, Board of Directors, Past Member
Honors & Awards
- Women in the Law: High Achievers Yearbook, Connecticut Law Tribune (2010)
- “40 Under Forty” Inductee, Hartford Business Journal (2009)
- New England Super Lawyers Magazine® as a Connecticut Rising Star® for Corporate Law (2009)
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- “No More Fine Print: A Guide to Home Heating Oil Contracts,” Co-Author, Oil & Energy (August 2006)
- “Reconsidering Force Majeure Clauses in the Wake of Increased Acts of Terrorism,” Co-Author, Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts Newsletter (Fall 2004)
- “The Contract Law Aftermath of September 11: Force Majeure and ‘MAC’ Clauses Re-examined,” United States Law Firm Group Newsletter (December, 18, 2001), The Connecticut Financial Tribune (September 2002), The Recorder (September 2002)
- “Back to Practice: Relaunching Your Career After a Break – Strategies & Perspectives,” Connecticut Bar Institute (January 31, 2018)
- “Contracts 101” (2007-2009)
- Negotiation Skills seminar, Connecticut Bar Association (2008)