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Type: Firm Award, Individual Award, News Releases, Practice Award

May 26, 2015, USA – Reed Smith LLP today announced the ranking of its practice groups and attorneys by Chambers USA 2015.

This year’s results include five nationwide practice group rankings and 27 statewide practice group rankings, including five statewide practice rankings in Band 1: Pennsylvania Banking & Finance, Pennsylvania Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Pennsylvania Insurance, Western Pennsylvania Litigation: General Commercial, and Illinois Insurance: Dispute Resolution.

The firm also received its first-ever recommendations in four practices: Pennsylvania Real Estate, Pennsylvania Insurance, Western Pennsylvania Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, and Western Pennsylvania Litigation: General Commercial.

Eighty-three Reed Smith lawyers collectively earned 93 Chambers USA ratings for the year, including 14 individuals ranked in Band 1 of 15 distinct practice areas, three of whom were in the top rank nationwide: Elizabeth Carder-Thompson, Nationwide Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation; Douglas Wood, Nationwide Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory; and Michael Brown, Nationwide: Product Liability & Mass Torts. Ten of the firm’s attorneys, including Carder-Thompson, were ranked in two practice areas.

The firm’s attorneys named to Band 1 for their leading statewide practices in 2015 include Elizabeth Carder-Thompson, D.C. Healthcare; Margaret Grignon, Litigation: Appellate, California; Kurt F. Gwynne, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Delaware; and John S. Vishneski and John Shugrue, both in Illinois Insurance: Dispute Resolution.

The Reed Smith attorneys earning 2015 Band 1 recognition for their statewide practices in Pennsylvania include Claudia Springer , Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Leonard Bernstein, Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory; Lisa Kabnick, Banking & Finance; Paul Singer, Bankruptcy/Restructuring; and Karl Thallner, Healthcare. In addition, two other of the firm's Pennsylvania attorneys earned Band 1 recognition in Insurance, a new practice added by Chambers this year – John Ellison and Jay Levin.

Two Reed Smith attorneys were named “Senior Statesmen” for 2015 – Thomas Fox, Washington, D.C., Healthcare, and William Bevan III, Pennsylvania Labor & Employment.

Twelve Reed Smith lawyers earned Chambers’ recognition for the first time in 2015, including two ranked nationally, one recognized as “Up and Coming,” and another named an “Associate to Watch.”

Earning their first-ever national practice rankings were John Feldman, Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, and Michael Brown, Product Liability: Pharmaceutical.

Members of the firm recognized for their statewide practice results for the first time included Ray Cardozo, California Litigation: Appellate; David Houston, Northern Virginia Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use; Debra Dermody, Pennsylvania Antitrust; Sara Begley, Pennsylvania Labor & Employment; and John Ellison, Timothy Law, Jay Levin and Doug Widin – all in Pennsylvania Insurance.

Chambers USA recognized Mark Temple, Texas Labor & Employment, as “Up and Coming” for 2015, and named Kathryn Nordick, Pennsylvania Banking & Finance, as an “Associate to Watch” for the year.

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