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(October 3, 2013) – Reed Smith LLP today announced that Global Managing Partner Gregory B. Jordan is leaving the firm to join The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). Alexander “Sandy” Thomas, formerly Global Chair Litigation at Reed Smith, will succeed Mr. Jordan as the firm’s Global Managing Partner.

Mr. Jordan will become Executive Vice President General Counsel and Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs at PNC, and will also have responsibility for the PNC Foundation and the Corporate Ethics Office. He will join the Executive Committee, and report directly to PNC CEO William Demchak.

“It has been a great honor to lead Reed Smith and work with so many wonderful people,” said Mr. Jordan. “It will be difficult to leave, but I am excited about this new opportunity to help lead a great company and client like PNC. I am proud of the firm we have built, and I know the firm's strong core values and great talent will continue to make it successful. There is an outstanding and experienced management team in place to lead Reed Smith into the future.”

Reed Smith has been transformed under Mr. Jordan's leadership into a leading global law firm, with 1800 lawyers in 25 offices. The firm represents many of the world's most prominent companies in a broad range of industries including healthcare and life sciences, financial services, energy, real estate, media and entertainment. The firm has consistently been ranked by the BTI Consulting Group among the top firms for client service and its lawyers are regularly ranked as top leaders in their fields across its many worldwide offices and varied practice areas. It was recently named one of the 20 strongest global law firm brands.

Reed Smith’s Executive Committee unanimously supported Sandy Thomas to assume the Global Managing Partner role. Mr. Thomas is a commercial litigator who, after serving in the Justice Department, joined Reed Smith in 1999 through the firm’s combination with Hazel & Thomas PC. He served for five years as a Practice Group Leader, then as Litigation Department Vice Chair for two years. He was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 2009, and for the past year has served on Reed Smith's Senior Management Team as Chair of the Litigation Department.

“Greg has been a tremendous leader,” said Mr. Thomas. “We thank him for all he has done to help transform Reed Smith into the financially strong, global law firm that it is today. I look forward to working with our Senior Management Team, and all of our partners, to continue our focus on providing quality and value to our clients around the world. Reed Smith’s vision and direction remain clear and we are poised for growth and continued success.”

Other members of the firm’s long-serving Senior Management Team include: Michael Pollack, Global Head of Strategy; Roger Parker, Managing Partner Europe, Middle East and Asia; Colleen Davies, Global Head of Legal Personnel; David Boutcher, Chair of Business & Finance Department; and Gary Sokulski, Chief Operating Officer.

About PNC

With more than 50,000 employees and $300 Billion in assets, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

About Reed Smith

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, technology and media, shipping, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, and education. For more information, visit

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