(June 5, 2006, Oakland, CA) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Reed…

(June 5, 2006, Oakland, CA) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Reed Smith LLP, a top 20 international law firm, announced that Joseph P. Mascovich has joined its Appellate Group as Counsel. He will be resident in the firm’s Oakland office.

Mr. Mascovich was formerly Senior General Appellate Counsel in the Union Pacific Railroad Law Department, Roseville, CA. He has specialized in appellate practice for 20 years and is a certified specialist in appellate law by the State Board of Legal Specialization. Before joining the railroad’s legal department, Mr. Mascovich was a partner at Crosby Heafey Roach & May, which combined with Reed Smith in 2003.

“Joe has a breadth and depth of experience that is extremely well aligned with our strategic objective to enhance and expand this Group’s reach and impact,” said Kathy M. Banke, firmwide Appellate Practice Group Leader.

Mr. Mascovich has handled a wide range of cases in insurance, railroad, products liability and other tort law, and other matters. He has specialized in appellate practice since 1986, and has handled appeals in all California appellate courts, the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and state appellate courts for Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New York and Washington.

“This is something of a homecoming for me,” said Mr. Mascovich. “Since the combination with Reed Smith, the group has grown and prospered, and I’m excited to be returning to a practice where I have both a core group of friends as well as new opportunities to handle a wide range of appellate matters for some of the nation’s top companies.”

Mr. Mascovich is a 1980 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a member of the California and Oregon Bars. He received an A.B. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. He has also served as a practitioner-advisor in appellate advocacy at Boalt Hall School of Law. Mr. Mascovich is the author of numerous publications related to appellate law and is a member of the highly selective California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Reed Smith’s Appellate Group has litigated more than 1,000 appellate matters, resulting in more than 300 published opinions. Its attorneys appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, most circuits of the U.S. courts of appeal, and many state appellate courts. Firm lawyers have obtained key victories for companies and industry groups in matters before some of the most influential courts in the country.

The Group represents clients on appeal in every substantive area in which the firm practices, including products liability, financial services, intellectual property, health care, insurance, tax, employment, tort, land use, media and First Amendment issues and higher education. Its lawyers also are brought in at the trial level to help prepare for potential appeals, including representing current firm clients and clients referred by outside firms once a decision has been made to appeal a ruling or decision. In addition, the Group represents industry trade groups and others as amicus curiae.

About Reed Smith

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