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Austin L. Hirsch

Austin L. Hirsch



  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 1973, J.D., Member of the Editorial Board, Northwestern University Law Review
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1970, B.S., Accounting, CPA Certificate

Austin is a Partner in Reed Smith’s Corporate & Securities Group. Austin’s practice encompasses all aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions with both strategic and financial parties, corporate and real estate finance, venture capital transactions, partnership and joint ventures, and international transactions, with particular emphasis advising significant, privately owned companies. Also, he focuses on sophisticated tax and trust planning for business owners, executives and members of families offices.

Austin serves as outside general counsel for private companies and provides advice on a broad range of legal issues. He has served as a director of various companies and also serves as an advisor for emerging and growing companies.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • 2012-2014 - Special Advisor to Global Managing Partner and Senior Management Team
    • 2007-2011 - Executive Committee member and Chair of Finance Committee 
  • 1991 - Sachnoff & Weaver (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
    • Chief Executive Officer/Managing Partner of Sachnoff & Weaver
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School on partnership and taxation

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate 2006-2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chair of Investment Committee
  • Member of the Finance Committee of the Chicago Bar Association