It’s homecoming time for two attorneys who will soon become the newest members of the Market Trial Practice Group in the Wilmington office of Reed Smith, a top -20 international law firm. Judith M. Kinney will join the firm on August 4, and John G. “Jack” Harris will rejoin
the firm on July 8.
Greg Jordan, Reed Smith’s firmwide managing partner, hailed the addition of
Kinney and Harris as further evidence of the firm’s commitment to building a
strong office in Wilmington. “We are delighted that both of these very capable
individuals are interested in collaborating with the people we already have in
Delaware to further Reed Smith’s reach and impact,” Jordan said.
Ms. Kinney, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware and
clerk for Judge Murray Schwartz in that same district returns to her legal
roots in Wilmington with a move from Dechert LLP, Philadelphia. Mr. Harris
returns to Reed Smith after a brief stint at Blank Rome. Prior to his short
absence, he had been a Reed Smith attorney for almost three years.
Kurt Gwynne, Wilmington managing partner, said the local office is
enthusiastic about Mr. Harris’ homecoming and the opportunity to work as a colleague
with Ms. Kinney. “Jack achieved an outstanding record at Reed Smith and was told
he would always be welcomed back,” Mr. Gwynne said. “We were very familiar
with Judith’s reputation for being an aggressive and effective advocate and we
are lucky to have her joining the firm.”
Ms. Kinney, who is also a registered pharmacist, is a 1993 graduate of the
Temple University Law School where she graduated first in her class; Mr. Harris
is a 1997 graduate of Widener University School of Law.
Thomas J. McGarrigle, Reed Smith’s Market Trial Practice Group leader, noted
that both new attorneys are a welcome addition to the firm’s commercial
litigation practice. “Judith and Jack fit in well with our practice building efforts
in Wilmington and firmwide,” Mr. McGarrigle said.
Ms. Kinney is especially looking forward again to being a part of the
Wilmington legal landscape.
“I have a long established interest in Delaware and its people,” Ms. Kinney
said. “I am delighted with the opportunity Reed Smith has offered to return to
a place where I have established ties in the legal community. I am looking
forward to developing my litigation practice at a firm with such a strong