Global law firm Reed Smith ranked in 46 practice categories and 16 of its lawyers were recognized in 18 categories, in 2023 Legal 500 USA rankings issued today. The results highlight the firm’s concentration in the energy, finance, media and tech industries, its strength in labor and employment matters, and its track record in litigation.

Reed Smith was ranked in Band 1 for its defense work in product liability and mass tort cases and for its insurance advice to policyholders.

In focused categories (see below), Reed Smith received multiple rankings in dispute resolution, energy, environment, finance, labor and employment, M&A/corporate and commercial, healthcare, media/technology and telecom, tax, and transport.


Dispute resolution

  • Appellate: Courts of Appeal
  • Appellate: Supreme Courts (states and federal)
  • Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: Advice to corporates
  • E-discovery
  • General commercial disputes
  • International arbitration
  • Product liability, mass tort and class actions - defense: automotive/transport
  • Product liability, mass tort and class actions - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Band 1)
  • Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense


  • Energy litigation: Oil and gas
  • Energy regulation: Electric power (new entry)
  • Energy regulation: Oil and gas
  • Energy transactions: Oil and gas
  • Renewable/Alternative power


  • Environment: Litigation
  • Environment: Regulatory
  • Environment: Transactional (new entry)


  • Fintech
  • Restructuring: corporate (including bankruptcy)
  • Restructuring: municipal (including bankruptcy)
  • Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
  • Structured finance: securitization


  • Health Insurers
  • Life Sciences
  • Service Providers

Labor and employment

  • Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
  • Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional (new entry)
  • Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
  • Labor-management relations
  • Workplace and employment counseling

M&A/Corporate and commercial

  • M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
  • Private equity buyouts
  • Venture capital and emerging companies

Media, technology and telecoms

  • Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
  • Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
  • Media and entertainment: Transactional


  • International tax
  • US taxes: contentious
  • US taxes: non-contentious


  • Aviation and air travel: Litigation and regulation
  • Shipping: Finance

Reed Smith was recommended for five other industry focuses, including a Band 1 ranking for Insurance: Advice to policyholders.

  • Antitrust: Civil litigation/class actions: Defense
  • Industry focus: Cannabis
  • Insurance: Advice to policyholders (Band 1)
  • International trade: CFIUS
  • Real estate: Real estate

The firm was recommended for the first time in three categories: Energy regulation: Electric power; Environment: Transactional; and Labor and employment: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: Transactional.