Barry Reed

Trial lawyer, 'Verdict' author

Trial lawyer Barry C. Reed, who drew on his courtroom experience to write “The Verdict,” a book that became the basis for the multi-Oscar-nommed film, died Friday July 19 in Norwood, Mass., of an undisclosed caused. He was 75.

“The Verdict,” about a down-and-out lawyer who wins justice for the family of a seriously disabled girl, was made into the 1982 film starring Paul Newman, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including film and actor. Reed’s other books included “The Choice,” “The Indictment” and “The Deception.”

Reed won the Clarence Darrow Award for trial excellence and was a co-founder of the American Society of Law and Medicine.

He is survived by wife Marie, four children, a sister and nine grandchildren.

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