History

Building strong client relationships since 1877
  • 2013 – Reed Smith opens an office in Houston, "the energy capital of the world."
  • 2012 – Reed Smith opens a Singapore office, the firm's fourth in Asia.
  • 2011 – Reed Smith opens a new office in Shanghai, further extending its service capabilities in China.
  • 2009 – Reed Smith’s Global Customer Centre opens, offering 24/7/365 Business Center and IT support to the entire firm.
  • 2008 – Reed Smith opens in Beijing and Silicon Valley.
  • 2008 – Reed Smith merges with the Hong Kong operations of Richards Butler, establishing a leading presence for the firm in Asia.
  • 2007 – Reed Smith gains a significant presence in Chicago, one of the world’s largest legal markets, by combining with the 130-lawyer firm Sachnoff & Weaver.
  • 2007 – Reed Smith merges with Richards Butler, adding more than 250 lawyers total in London, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Greece (Piraeus).
  • 2005 – Expanding further into Continental Europe, Reed Smith opens in Munich.
  • 2005 – Reed Smith opens an office in Paris.
  • 2003 – Reed Smith combines with the 215-lawyer, multi-office California law firm of Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, a move that catapults the firm to a rank among the 20 largest law firms.
  • 2002 – As it celebrates its 125th year, Reed Smith is a Global Top 50 law firm.
  • 2001 – Reed Smith joins forces with the United Kingdom law firm of Warner Cranston, establishing the firm’s international presence.
  • 2000 – Reed Smith opens its Wilmington, Delaware, office to better serve financial institution and corporate clients before Delaware courts.
  • 1999 – Reed Smith combines with the Hazel & Thomas firm, known for its leading real estate practice, in Virginia.
  • 1995 – Reed Smith opens an office – which ultimately grows to become one of the firm’s largest – in New York City.
  • 1992 – Reed Smith opens a "greenfield" office in Princeton, New Jersey, and becomes one of the fastest-growing law firms in the Garden State.
  • 1989 – A merger with Pierson, Ball & Dowd in Washington, D.C., provides Reed Smith with a leading, national health care law practice.
  • 1970s – Reed Smith launches a series of expansionary moves, propelling its growth beyond Pittsburgh into the broader mid-Atlantic region. The firm combines with Philadelphia’s Townsend, Elliott & Munson in 1978.
  • 1940s – The firm’s labor practice earns a national reputation following a rash of strikes after World War II.
  • 1930s – The Great Depression and the New Deal create new and varied legal work, and launch Reed Smith’s recognized capability in modern securities practice.
  • 1922 – The partnership renames itself Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, a name that stands until shortened in 2000.
  • 1913 – The firm assists Andrew and Richard Mellon in establishing the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, which much later would merge with Carnegie Institute of Technology (founded with Reed’s assistance) to create Carnegie Mellon University, a longtime client of the law firm.
  • 1901 – Philander C. Knox accepts the post of Attorney General of the United States and later serves as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State.
  • 1901 – James H. Reed represents Andrew Carnegie in the creation of United States Steel, the world’s first billion-dollar corporation, and becomes a charter director of the corporation.
  • 1881 – Edwin W. Smith, George E. Shaw and Samuel McClay join the firm.
  • 1877 – Philander C. Knox and James H. Reed establish the law firm of Knox & Reed. The partners soon represent the businesses of leading industrialists – Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, Heinz, Westinghouse and more – who are transforming the United States.