NEW YORK – Reed Smith has signed on to the Equal Representation for Expert (ERE) Witnesses initiative, the global law firm announced today.

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The firm’s participation in the ERE Pledge is another example of our continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

As an ERE signatory, Reed Smith will take reasonably available steps to see to it that:

  • Parties to a dispute and their counsel ensure that lists of expert witnesses under consideration include a fair representation of women.
  • Counsel, arbitrators, judges, representatives of corporates and governments, and others who engage expert witnesses, appoint a fair representation of women expert witnesses, when they have the power to do so, and encourage others to do the same.

The firm also will encourage other participants in the selection of expert witnesses to do likewise.

About the ERE Pledge

The ERE Pledge was launched by a team at AlixPartners in May 2022 with the aim of increasing “on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appearing as experts in order to achieve a proportional representation – with the ultimate goal of full parity.”

To date, the ERE Pledge has attracted more than 200 signatories, including individuals and more than 40 organizations. Reed Smith is proud to be one of those organizations.

Not long ago, Reed Smith also signed the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, by which signatory law firms commit to take certain steps to ensure adequate representation of women arbitrators on any shortlist for arbitral appointments.

You can review fuller ERE Pledge details at

About Reed Smith

Reed Smith is a dynamic international law firm dedicated to helping clients move their businesses forward. With an inclusive culture and innovative mindset, we deliver smarter, more creative legal services that drive better outcomes for our clients. Our deep industry knowledge, long-standing relationships and collaborative structure make us the go-to partner for complex disputes, transactions, and regulatory matters. Now celebrating more than 140 years of service, our firm spans 30 offices with 3,000 people, including 1,700 lawyers.

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