Mary J. Hackett

Mary J. Hackett



  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1987, J.D., with honors, Managing Editor, Law Review; Elected to the Order of the Coif
  • Mount Holyoke College, 1984, B.A., Economics and Politics

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit

Mary is a member of the Financial Industry Group, practicing in the area of Financial Services Litigation. She has handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including managing the defense of more than 100 class actions across the United States for financial services companies. She has handled a broad array of litigation matters involving many lines of businesses encompassed within financial services companies, particularly retail and wholesale or corporate banking (including credit reporting, deposit account and consumer and commercial lending); wealth management, corporate and personal trust; credit card (including processing and collection issues); brokerage and capital markets; equity investment; securities lending; mutual fund investments; and insurance sales and claims reimbursement practices. She has represented some of the largest banks in the United States in significant litigation involving affiliated investment products. Mary has also represented clients in numerous trials and injunction proceedings in many jurisdictions involving claims for breach of contract, tortious interference with contractual relations, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and unfair trade practices.

From 1998 to 2001, Mary served as Chief Counsel-Litigation for PNC Financial Services Group. Otherwise, she has been with Reed Smith her entire career. From 2002 until 2006, she served as the Head of Reed Smith’s Financial Services Litigation Group. In 2004, Mary temporarily relocated to Los Angeles to assist with the expansion of Reed Smith’s Financial Services Litigation Group.

Mary was recently nominated to the BTI Client Service All-Star Team for her delivery of exceptional service. This exclusive group of 113 attorneys from 93 law firms was created by the BTI Consulting Group, who interviewed more than 250 corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 companies. In-house counsel have commented that because of her "in-house" experience, Mary really "gets it," bringing a practical perspective to managing litigation and dispute resolution.

Employment History

  • 2001 - Reed Smith
    • Former Practice Group Leader, Financial Services Litigation (2002–2006)
  • 1998 - PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    • Chief Counsel-Litigation – At PNC, Mary headed the group managing all litigation (excluding employment matters) for PNC and its many subsidiaries (1998–2001).
  • 1987 - Reed Smith


  • Honorable Donald E. Ziegler, U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania (1989)

Honors & Awards

  • Reed Smith Shaw’s Lion Award Winner (Partner of the Year) – 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2012-2014); also included in Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Business Litigation

Professional Affiliations

  • The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh – Board Member