(June 6, 2006, Wilmington, DE) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service -…

(June 6, 2006, Wilmington, DE) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Reed Smith, a top 25 international law firm, announced that David E. Wilks has joined the firm as a partner in its Philadelphia/ Wilmington Business Trial Group. He will be resident in the firm’s Wilmington office. Mr. Wilks was formerly a shareholder and head of the Wilmington office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C.

His practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, including litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery. His clients include Fortune 500 manufacturers, national retail chains, individual corporate directors and small high technology enterprises. Mr. Wilks’ first-chair experience extends to leading litigation in disputes involving corporate governance, corporate control, fiduciary duties, antitrust, corporate appraisal, intellectual property, trade secrets, employment and bankruptcy.

“Dave will play a key role in the development of our Wilmington office’s commercial litigation practice, as well as growing our practice before the Court of Chancery,” said Kurt Gwynne, partner in Reed Smith’s Wilmington office. “He has been based in Wilmington his entire career and is a well-known, highly respected litigator with more than 15 years of trial experience.”

“Reed Smith’s future is extremely exciting,” Mr. Wilks said. “It is undeniable that business will increasingly embrace globalization and Reed Smith’s demonstrated commitment to grow both domestically and around the world evidence the firm’s appreciation of that fact. The possibilities for the firm are limitless and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Mr. Wilks received his law degree in 1989 from Dickinson School of Law. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from Colgate University in 1986. He is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania and before the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and United States District Courts for the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Wilks serves on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, as Chair of the Board’s Legal Affairs Committee and member of the Board’s Finance Committee.

“We are always happy to have attorneys of David’s caliber join the firm. The Philidelphia-Wilmington corridor has been a growing and active region of our firm in the past couple years, and David’s litigation experience and expertise will be in great demand,” said Bob Nicholas, managing partner of the Philadelphia and Wilmington offices. “ He has hit the ground running, and we don’t expect him to have any time to rest.”

About Reed Smith

Reed Smith LLP is a top-25 international law firm with nearly 1,100 lawyers located in 18 cities worldwide (14 in the U.S. and four in Europe). The firm represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mid-market and emerging companies. Clients include financial services firms, life sciences companies, health care providers, technology companies and entrepreneurs, power generators and suppliers, manufacturers, real estate companies, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the world. For more information, visit www.reedsmith.com.

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