PITTSBURGH – Today, international law firm Reed Smith announced that eight lawyers in its U.S. offices were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their practice areas in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. In addition, 22 younger Reed Smith lawyers were highlighted by the guide in its first “Ones to Watch” list, comprised primarily of lawyers with 10 years or fewer of practice.

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Star award

In addition, some 160 U.S.-based Reed Smith lawyers were recognized by Best Lawyers®.

Among all lawyers named to the 2021 edition, only one lawyer in each practice area per metro location is honored as Lawyer of the Year. Here are the 2021 Lawyer of the Year winners.


  • D. Patrick Lacy Jr. - Education Law


  • Douglas Cameron - Insurance Law
  • Debra Dermody - Antitrust Law
  • James Martin - Appellate Practice
  • Kirsten Rydstrom - Trade Secrets Law
  • Paul Singer - Bet-the-Company Litigation


  • José Astigarraga - International Arbitration - Commercial

Los Angeles

  • Michael Brown - Product Liability Litigation

Ones to Watch

This is the inaugural release for Best Lawyers’ new “Ones to Watch” list, which features attorneys who are earlier in their careers and typically have been in practice between five and nine years. Twenty-two younger Reed Smith attorneys were featured in this list. Of this group, Michael Forbes, Mark Passero and Keturah Brown were recognized for their work in more than one category of legal practice. Here are the Reed Smith lawyers who made the “Ones to Watch” list for 2021.


  • Daniel Avila II - Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Michael J. Forbes - Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law
  • Arturo Munoz Holguin - Alternative Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

  • Alice Kyureghian - Insurance Law


  • Sujey S. Herrera - Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Christina D. Olivos - Alternative Dispute Resolution

New York

  • Rose C. McClave - Real Estate Law
  • Crystal G. Persaud - Real Estate Law


  • Dana J. Janquitto - Real Estate Law
  • Lisa A. Szymanski - Insurance Law


  • Christopher R. Brennan - Litigation - Antitrust
  • Richard Graham, Jr. - Intellectual Property Law
  • Rachel E. O'Neill - Real Estate Law
  • Jessica R. Rose - Real Estate Law
  • Conor M. Shaffer - Litigation - Antitrust


  • Nicole L. Brenner - Government Relations Practice
  • Christine Cogbill Noonan - Government Relations Practice
  • Mark J. Passero - Labor and Employment Law - Management; and Litigation - Labor and Employment

San Francisco

  • Samantha E. Beatty - Real Estate Law
  • Katrina M. Kershner - Intellectual Property Law

Washington, D.C.

  • Keturah A. Brown - Energy Law; and Environmental Law
  • Toam Rubinstein - Entertainment and Sports Law