WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reed Smith today announced that litigation partner Todd Kim, a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice, has been named a Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, effective immediately. In joining the Biden administration, Kim will be responsible for overseeing litigation, regulation and enforcement at the Department.

“Todd has been a valued partner at Reed Smith, providing exceptional legal advice and a breadth of litigation experience to our Appellate Practice and our clients,” said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner. “Public service is a noble calling. We will miss Todd, but we are proud he leaves us to serve the nation at this pivotal time.”

Kim joined Reed Smith in February 2018, after serving as Washington, D.C.’s first solicitor general for nearly a dozen years. In that position, he supervised hundreds of cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals spanning diverse areas of the law, including high-profile matters of national significance. He has won appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, all 13 federal courts of appeals, and many state supreme courts.

“The Department of Energy is poised to have a significant impact on our future as it tackles the dual challenges of economic recovery and climate change, and I am eager to help advance the Biden administration’s energy agenda,” Kim said. “I am grateful to Reed Smith for three years of challenging and interesting work in support of the firm’s clients. I leave behind many friends at the firm, but look forward to this opportunity to return to public service.”

President Barack Obama twice nominated Kim for the D.C. Court of Appeals, but the Republican-controlled Senate failed to act on either nomination.