Benjamin W. Reed was born and raised in Murphysboro, Illinois. After graduating from Murphysboro High School, Ben attended Illinois State University and studied cinematography. Graduating in 2005, Ben worked in Chicago, IL, and Tucson, AZ, before deciding to study law.
In 2008, Ben moved back to southern Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University Law School, graduating in 2012. He has joined his father Gerry at the firm.
When he isn’t working, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife Katie, daughters Eloise and Leah, and his dog Baloo.
Ed Heller was one of the founding partners of Reed, Heller, Mansfield & Gross. Ed joined with Gerry Reed and Tom Mansfield to form Reed, Heller and Mansfield in 1981, and then Reed, Heller, Reed in 2019.
Ed graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1964. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968. After Airborne and Ranger training, he served 14 months in the Republic of Vietnam as a combat tank unit leader. Ed returned from Vietnam and attended the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating in 1973. After a tour with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ed worked as a San Francisco-based private detective. He returned to Illinois and began the private practice of law in 1979.
He is City Attorney for the City of Murphysboro, and serves as General Counsel for a number of municipalities and water districts.
Ed says he gains satisfaction in being part of a community-based law firm that is “involved in people’s lives and helps them solve their important problems. We’re not just lawyers that commute; we live in the communities we serve and that is our central role.”
Gerald S. Reed has specialized in civil law for the past 25 years. Gerry holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois and was a 1977 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Following graduation, he chose to stay in southern Illinois, opening a general solo practice. In 1981, he became one of the founding partners of the firm.
Gerry and his wife, Lori, have lived in Murphysboro since 1975, where they raised three children. When not working, the couple enjoys tackling home improvement projects, travel and hiking.
“I feel that I help people both legally and emotionally at a difficult time in their lives,” he says. “Unfortunately with the emotion overlay that surfaces in the type of work I do, it requires more than just cold, hard legal information. “I am a counselor, and it’s my job to help lessen the stress and assist people in getting through a hard time of life.”