Michael K. Reese (1953 – 2001)
Michael K. Reese and his brother-in-law, Michael J. Keane, founded the law firm of Keane & Reese, P.A. in 1994, which later evolved into the present firm of Keane, Reese, Vesely & Gerdes, P.A. Mr. Reese attended Grove City College graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975. He then attended Stetson University College of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1978. He later received an LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida. He thereafter, and until his untimely death in 2001, proudly called himself a “Gator.”
Mr. Reese was a card-carrying member of Mensa, an accomplished left-handed golfer, and a founding member of the Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where he served as President and as a Director for many years. Mr. Reese and Mr. Keane made it their mission to create a law firm workplace that advances balance and fulfillment in their employees’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence. Their visionary efforts were recognized by The Florida Bar in 2001 when the law firm was awarded The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Quality of Life Award. This award, which is given annually by The Florida Bar, was posthumously renamed “The Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award” in 2002.
Mr. Reese’s compassion for those who worked with him is a lasting legacy enjoyed by the present members of the law firm.