M. Reid Acree, JR. M. Reid Acree, JR.

About M. Reid Acree Law

M. Reid Acree Law

Representing clients in workers' compensation, Social Security disability, employment matters, personal injury & asbestos-related cancer claims in Salisbury & Concord, NC.

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Salisbury lawyer M. Reid Acree, Jr., a board certified specialist  in workers' compensation  law and certified mediator, has practiced law for two decades, successfully representing clients in workers' compensation, Social Security disability, employment matters, personal injury and asbestos-related claims in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Admitted to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, Reid combines diverse experience, deep legal knowledge and a commitment to each and every client.
“I always liked helping people and working with them,” Reid says. "I have helped hundreds of clients  obtain justice and fair compensation. If you are ready to make a claim, or your claim has been denied, I may be able to help you receive the benefits that you are due."

A native of Salem, Virginia,  Reid decided to become a lawyer while in high school. He received a B.A. in economics (cum laude) from Wake Forest University in 1982. After graduation, he worked in the banking industry and sales for four years.

In 1986, Reid returned to Wake Forest University's law school, earning his law degree in 1989. While in law school, he was a member of the Law Review, the Moot Court Board and an elected member of the Honor Council.

Reid moved to Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating from law school. He worked as an insurance defense lawyer and management labor and employment attorney. In 1994, he returned to North Carolina to practice with Maupin Taylor and Ellis, P.A., a large and established general practice firm in Raleigh. Drawing on his insurance defense and employment law background, he focused exclusively on representing insurance companies and corporations in workers' compensation claims.

He soon became disillusioned with defending impersonal companies and faceless bureaucracies.

“The training was good for my legal career, but I grew tired of doing insurance defense,” he said.

A Defining Moment

Reid's legal career took a sharp turn when he was representing an insurance company against a worker who had gone to the hospital for a routine hernia surgery. The worker's doctor nicked the main vein in his leg, and the medical mistake eventually cost the man his leg, despite multiple surgeries to correct the error.

The man had a workers’ compensation claim for total disability, with a present value of $165,000. At the time, Reid was representing the workers' compensation insurer, and his job was to hold down the amount of money paid out on the workers' comp claim. Reid negotiated a settlement down to $55,000.

As the parties headed to a mediation about the workers' compensation claim, they found themselves together in an elevator and Reid spoke to the worker's son. The father did not know Reid would soon be opposing him on the workers’ comp claim.

Reid recalled the incident: “The father spoke to his son and said, ‘Son, when someone speaks to you, look them in the eye and shake their hand.’ My heart melted. I thought, I can’t represent insurance companies anymore."

That one moment refocused Reid's legal career.

"I felt that I needed to make a real difference in people’s lives, and I made a commitment to protect the rights of those who have not always gotten a ‘fair shake’ in life, and to stop working for insurance companies," he said.

The Move To Salisbury

Making good on his vow, in 1999 Reid moved to Salisbury, North Carolina to work in a plaintiff’s workers’ compensation practice. He focused on occupational disease claims, representing hundreds of North Carolina and South Carolina maintenance, mill and factory workers who were victims of job-related asbestosis and asbestos-related cancers.

In March 2003, he formed his own firm to help clients with workers’ compensation claims, Social Security Disability benefits, personal injury claims, employment matters and asbestos claims. He also associates with other firms in North Carolina and South Carolina that lack the expertise in asbestos and chemical exposure claims. Licensed in South Carolina, he handles asbestos-disease cases throughout that state as well as North Carolina.

A Board Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist

Reid advises any injured worker to seek the advice of a qualified workers' compensation attorney.

In only five percent (5%) of the cases filed before the NC Industrial Commission – the state agency that hears workers’ compensation cases – do the workers’ have attorneys,” Reid says. “So 95 percent if the claimants are unrepresented, and they are being taken advantage of by the insurers. Of the thousands of cases I’ve handled as a plaintiffs’ attorney, I’ve had only one case where I could not get the fellow more money through my representation -- and I didn’t take a fee in that one case.”

Why should clients care that Reid is certified by the State Bar of NC as a workers’ compensation specialist?

“It means I’m recognized in my field among my peers, by the State Bar and I have taken an advanced exam to demonstrate my knowledge and proficiency,” he says. “It also means I care enough about my clients to earn this special certification. There are only about 120 lawyers in North Carolina who are board certified workers' compensation specialists. Of those lawyers, only about 87 represent workers (claimants)."

Community Activities

Reid and his wife live in historic Salisbury, North Carolina. Active in the community, Reid is a past board member and board chair of the Rowan County Red Cross chapter. He has also served on the board of a nonprofit community health care clinic, which provides medical care to people between jobs and without healthcare coverage. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.

An animal lover, Reid serves on the board of Faithful Friends Animal Shelter – a newly constructed no-kill shelter for dogs and cats located in Salisbury. He has adopted several stray and abandoned animals including two cats from Safe Haven for Cats in Raleigh. His current animal population is six cats and a beloved black lab mix named Molly Mae. He has been an avid cyclist since 1989 and has participated in numerous long distance charity rides.

M. Reid Acree, Jr. | Workers' Compensation Specialist           
M. Reid Acree, Jr. Serious Help for Serious Injuries
225 North Main Street, Suite 402 Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
(704) 633-0860 (phone) (866) 992-2733 (phone) (704) 633-1944 (fax) reidacree@acreelaw.com