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A long-time contributor to firm leadership, Jack is currently a senior director working on high-level special projects with Reed Smith’s Senior Management Team.

Jack previously served as Chief of Legal Operations, responsible for the operational efficiency, revenue growth and profit improvement of the firm’s industry and practice groups. In that role, his remit included project pricing, hiring and evaluation of talent, business conflict resolution, revenue budgeting and financial performance, strategic planning and expense management within practices. He was also responsible for direction of the firm’s award-winning captive alternative legal services provider, Gravity Stack, and oversaw a significant contingency litigation portfolio.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1983, J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, 1980, B.S.

  • California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California