WASHINGTON D.C. – Global law firm Reed Smith has announced that Reginald “Reggie” McGahee has joined the firm as its Global Head of Diversity Recruiting.

McGahee joins Reed Smith from Howard University School of Law, where he served as associate dean of student affairs and admissions. Over the course of his 20-year career, exclusively at Howard Law, McGahee created and implemented systems and strategies that resulted in over 3,000 lawyers, primarily from underrepresented communities, entering the legal profession.

“Reed Smith is committed to being the law firm of choice for diverse legal talent, a commitment that requires the firm to prioritize the recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers, and which positions them for long-term success within the firm,” said Reed Smith Global Managing Partner Sandy Thomas. “Reggie has earned a stellar reputation for developing processes that address long-standing barriers and that advance diverse law students academically and professionally. We are honored that he chose to join Reed Smith and look forward to the impact he will make in driving our diverse recruiting efforts.”

McGahee will create and execute a world-class recruiting strategy focused on multi-level talent acquisition, from law school graduates entering the legal profession to senior-level lateral partner candidates. He will work closely with the firm’s Senior Management Team, other firm leaders, and clients to drive Reed Smith’s diversity hiring and retention efforts. McGahee will also advise executive leadership on talent acquisition aspects of the firm’s DEI strategy, innovating upon existing recruiting orthodoxies and collaborating with clients to effect positive change.

“I have long found Reed Smith to be a diversity-first firm that is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment for its people,” McGahee said. “Equally as impressive is the firm’s acknowledgement that the attraction, development and retention of diverse lawyers requires an intentional and distinct approach. I walk into this role energized and enthusiastic for the progress we will make in this space as a standard-bearer in the profession.”