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For several decades, Reed Smith has employed paralegals and other professionals to assist its attorneys in better serving clients. Reed Smith classifies all of its Paralegals, Case Assistants and Practice Group Specialists as “Paraprofessionals” for recruiting, evaluation, compensation and work assignment purposes. Reed Smith is committed to providing paraprofessionals with first-class career and professional development opportunities through its professional development program, CareerRS, and its award-winning internal educational program, Reed Smith University, all of which complement the training and development one receives on the job.

Reed Smith has paraprofessionals throughout the firm's U.S. offices and practice groups. They operate in a team environment and are encouraged to participate in cross-office and cross-practice assignments in order to provide efficient and high-quality service to clients. Our paraprofessionals have varied backgrounds and a wide breadth of experience relating to their practice areas. Each office further has a paraprofessional Coordinator assigned to help distribute work among the paraprofessionals. The Coordinators work directly with attorneys and each other to tackle projects so the work can be done quickly and efficiently.

Reed Smith also encourages paraprofessionals to give back to their communities through numerous pro bono initiatives and involvement in community activities.

Current Team

Reed Smith currently employs more than 900 staff members throughout 17 U.S. offices. They represent a broad cross-section of educational disciplines, professional backgrounds and workplace experiences. Some staff members have just recently joined Reed Smith while others have worked here for more than 45 years.

Recruitment

Reed Smith seeks to hire highly qualified and trained paralegals, as well as entry-level paralegals and recent college graduates, for its paraprofessional program. We utilize a successful multi-level tiering structure in order to offer clients paraprofessionals with different levels of experience, to meet their needs in the most cost-effective manner. This also allows Reed Smith to provide paraprofessionals with opportunities for advancement within the firm.

Reed Smith recruits paraprofessionals with a strong commitment to professionalism, excellent client service, integrity and teamwork. We are committed to diversity. We are also committed to providing challenging work in the best working environment to allow paraprofessionals to grow within the profession and within the firm.