Obituary: Alan L. Reed, lawyer who raised millions for the Constitution Center, dies at 86

Alan L. Reed, 86, of Villanova and Hobe Sound, Fla., a former law partner in the Philadelphia firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius and a philanthropist and civic leader who raised millions to create the National Constitution Center, died Tuesday, May 12, of heart failure at a hospice in Stuart, Fla.

Mr. Reed joined Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in 1961, right out of Harvard Law School, and became a partner in 1969.

Early in his career, Mr. Reed was counsel to emerging and established companies. He was the firm’s chair in 1992 and 1993 and managing partner of the Philadelphia office from 1997 to 1999.

As chair of the firm’s government regulation section, he represented PECO Energy, Pennsylvania-American Water Works, Safeguard Scientifics Inc., and what is now Aqua PA in cases before the Pennsylvania PUC and the state’s appeals courts.

During his tenure, Morgan Lewis grew from 72 lawyers in Philadelphia to 1,200 worldwide. He retired in 2000.

“I will always remember Alan as a lawyer and leader who set the tone for our firm’s values and culture,” said Jami Wintz McKeon, chair of the firm. “He was one of the first to congratulate or console a colleague, and his personal notes to others celebrated moments of joy and touched hearts in times of pain. Alan truly valued people, and they felt valued by him.”

Mr. Reed was committed to many charitable and civic institutions in Philadelphia. He was instrumental in creating the National Constitution Center and raised $77 million to establish — as he described it — “one of the crown jewels of our region and a national treasure,” his family said.

Mr. Reed persuaded Morgan Lewis to celebrate the firm’s 125th anniversary in 1998 by giving a leading gift to the center project.