LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Announcement Service – 43 Join Firm’s Growing New York Office
(Jan. 22, New York) – Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, today announced the addition of 55 attorneys from the 120-member firm of Anderson Kill & Olick PC. Twenty-five partners, three counsel and 27 associates, along with numerous legal support personnel, will join Reed Smith’s offices in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago effective Feb. 1, 2008.
“We are delighted that these talented attorneys will be joining us to start 2008 on a very positive note,” said Gregory B. Jordan, Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner. “These are high-performing individuals whose practice interests and clients are compatible with our firm’s existing platform, as well as with our long-term strategic plans for future growth. With Reed Smith’s largest office now in London, our two new offices in China, and this increased capability in New York, we have a major presence in the three key economic centers of the world.”
The attorneys will primarily become part of three practice groups at Reed Smith – Insurance Recovery, Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Commercial Litigation. Among the attorneys making the move are Jeffrey L. Glatzer, the firmwide President and Chief Executive Officer, and Lawrence Kill, a partner and co-chair of its Antitrust/Unfair Competition Group.
The largest group of attorneys will join Reed Smith’s New York office. For an interim period, they will remain on one floor of Anderson Kill’s Avenue of the Americas office, which Reed Smith will sublease. Once Reed Smith completes the build-out of its current office space at 599 Lexington Ave., all lawyers and staff will move to that location.
“This is a huge step in growing our presence in New York,” said Robert Nicholas, Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s New York office. “This group of lawyers is team oriented, open minded and flexible, and they are interested in and committed to being part of a growing and dynamic firm. The addition of these attorneys will significantly enhance our New York litigation capability with practices that complement the rapidly growing private equity and M&A work we are doing in New York.”
In addition to Reed Smith’s New York office, the firm adds two partners and seven associates to its Philadelphia office; and another two partners and one associate to its Chicago office.
“This move is a good one for all of us interested in acquiring a broader platform that includes many global practice opportunities,” Mr. Glatzer said. “I have no doubt that our ability to serve existing clients will be enhanced, and that we will enjoy many benefits as the newest additions to one of the most innovative and exciting law firms in the world.”
Of particular note, the New York office will now have a significant creditor-side bankruptcy practice with an emphasis on creditor committee work to complement Reed Smith’s bankruptcy and restructuring group, which firmwide has 45 attorneys. The firm will gain a strong and experienced commercial litigation team, as well as additional strength in real estate finance, where Reed Smith already does substantial work.
The largest group of attorneys will join Reed Smith’s fast-growing insurance recovery practice, which in recent months has added partners from leading firms in several of its key markets. New York, Chicago and Philadelphia will all gain additional insurance recovery practitioners. Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery practice has more than 50 lawyers throughout the US and UK.
Since 2001, Reed Smith has completed combinations with firms from the United Kingdom to the Chinese mainland, including in New York, California, Chicago, London, Abu Dhabi, Greece, Dubai, Munich, Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing. During that period, Reed Smith has grown from 600 U.S.-based attorneys to more than 1,600 attorneys around the world conducting business on three continents in 23 offices.
In addition to Mr. Glatzer, partners joining Reed Smith include James M. Davis, managing partner, Chicago; and John N. Ellison, managing partner, Philadelphia; as well as executive committee members Steven Cooper and J. Andrew Rahl, Jr.
About Reed Smith
Reed Smith is one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, with more than 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its attorneys provide litigation services in multi-jurisdictional matters and other high stake disputes, deliver regulatory counsel, and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising and media, shipping, international trade and commodities, real estate, manufacturing, and education. For more information, visit reedsmith.com
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