About Our Attorneys

William Arthur Lorden III (1930-2000) was a brilliant and colorful criminal defense attorney who practiced primarily in Los Angeles County. He was beloved by many clients, attorneys and judges.  He passed in 2000.  While he rests in peace, his daughter, Zshonette Lorden Reed, carries on his fight to protect and defend the individual, but in civil, not criminal, legal matters.     

Zshonette Lorden Reed (zreed@lordenreed.com) is an experienced civil litigator and real estate attorney admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of California.  She also has a longstanding passion for religious freedom and consults in this area pro bono.

Prior to enrolling in law school in 1999, Ms. Reed was a civil litigation paralegal with over 25 years experience in large and small law firms. Her legal experience and natural abilities helped her successfully complete law school in 2003, as a single mother working full time, graduating Magna Cum Laude and 2nd in her class.
During law school, Ms. Reed was a member of law review where she wrote an article on clergy malpractice, placed in the top 5 in two moot court competitions, and obtained various honors as noted below. Thereafter, Ms. Reed took the California State Bar Exam, passed on her first attempt, and within a month of being sworn in, opened Lorden & Reed in honor of her father.  Ms. Reed is supported by her son and paralegal, Austin Alexander Reed (areed@lordenreed).

In addition to being a successful attorney, Ms. Reed is an author, a mother of two young adults and resides in Chatsworth, California.
    Law School Accomplishments:
    University of LaVerne / San Fernando Valley College of Law
    Juris Doctorate: June 2003, Magna Cum Laude - Class Rank: 2nd
      • Dean’s List: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
      • Founder of San Fernando Valley Chapter of NBLSA;
        Chapter President 2000, 2001, 2002
      • San Fernando Valley Law Review: Senior Staff Writer, published articles:
         -- Clergy Malpractice: Defining the Duty, Dismissing the Claim
         -- Recent Case: U.S. v. Hodge, 259 F.3d 549 (6th Cir. 2001)
      • National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition: 2001 - Quarterfinalist
      • Traynor Moot Court Competition: 2002 - First Runner Up for
         Bernard E. Witkin Excellence in Advocacy Award:
         Individual Oral Advocacy Ranking: 3/34
      • West Publishing Company Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement:
         Academic Years: 1999-2000, 2000-2001
      • CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Criminal Law (2000), Insurance Law
         (2000), Civil Procedure (2001), Evidence (2001), Wills & Trust (2003)
      • Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities (2001)
      • Faculty Merit Scholarship: 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2002-2003
      • San Fernando Valley Bar Foundation Scholarship 2001
      • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2001
      • Jewish Vocational Service Commendation from WoMentoring Program 2001
      • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Scholarship 2003