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Reed Smith LLP's Princeton, New Jersey, office has done more than free industry leaders such as Wells Fargo Bank NA and Quest Diagnostics Inc. from hard-fought class action litigation, the firm has helped salt the ground against strategies that would have spelled trouble for other defendants in consumer-related suits.

The office's 42 attorneys are a fraction of the more than 1,290 U.S. attorneys who are part of Reed Smith, the 10th largest firm in terms of U.S. headcount. But the outpost typifies firmwide strengths in areas like class action defense, which the office combines with boots-on-the-ground service for life sciences and financial services clients, among many others. The court victories and transactional work that Reed Smith has racked up for those companies has made it one of Law360's powerhouse firms for New Jersey.

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