PHILADELPHIA – Joseph Mahady, managing partner of Reed Smith’s Philadelphia office, has been selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal to appear in its ‘40 Under 40’ list of up-and-coming leaders.

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“It’s an honor to be chosen as among the Business Journal’s leading professionals under 40,” Mahady said. “The 2024 class includes some of the area’s most accomplished and successful leaders across a wide range of industries. I’m excited to be recognized among this talented group.”

Mahady, 38, is Reed Smith’s youngest office managing partner, entrusted with leading one of the firm’s largest offices and focusing on continued growth and engagement with the Philadelphia community, and development of the firm’s next generation of lawyers.

In addition to his leadership role, Joe is a trial lawyer whose national practice is focused on complex litigation and regulatory matters for clients in the health care and financial services sectors. He is one of the firm’s lead lawyers defending a national pharmaceutical distributor in high-stakes litigation arising from the opioid crisis. His team has achieved high-profile defense wins, including a bellwether, billion-dollar case in West Virginia. He is also managing large, multi-office litigation teams that are preparing for two major trials this year.

“We are thrilled that Philadelphia Business Journal has recognized Joe’s leadership and legal successes,” said Casey Laffey, co-chair of the firm’s Global Commercial Disputes group. “With his skill as a litigator, and thoughtful leadership and management style, he clearly will continue to have an impact both as a lawyer and a leader in or community.”

A native of the Philadelphia area, Mahady also actively supports his community. He is a member of the Barnes Foundation Young Professionals Leadership Board, and coaches youth sports in Radnor Township. He also provides pro bono legal representation to clients in various matters, including guardianship, housing and the Fourteenth Amendment. Recently, he led a Reed Smith team in a case for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which works to exonerate people wrongly convicted of crimes, and to prevent innocent people from being convicted.