Related Professionals: Jay McAveeney

CHICAGO. (September 12, 2016) – Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Jay McAveeney as the firm’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). McAveeney was most recently CEO and Managing Principal at Legal Optimization Solutions, an AmLaw 100 financial and administrative operations consulting firm. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Ogletree Deakins.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Jay’s expertise on our global administrative management team,” said Gary Sokulski, Chief Operating Officer at Reed Smith. “Because of the depth and breadth of his experience, we are confident that he will provide exceptional leadership that will maintain Reed Smith’s sharp focus on working harder and smarter on behalf of our clients.”

McAveeney’s career includes financial leadership roles at Seyfarth Shaw, Kirkland & Ellis and Baker & McKenzie. He began his career in accounting and tax roles at Arthur Andersen and Hewitt Associates. McAveeney has a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.B.A. and a J.D. from DePaul University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

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