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Conn is an associate in the firm’s Global Corporate Group. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and general corporate, transactional and securities counseling matters. Prior to joining Reed Smith in 2017, Conn served as a Judicial Intern on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Before law school, Conn was an Assistant Vice President in the Strategic Initiatives Office of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., where he helped establish the bank’s regulatory response program following the passing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


  • University of Pittsburgh, 2017, J.D., Order of the Coif, Cum Laude; Research Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Research Assistant to Professor Arthur D. Hellman; Legal Writing Teaching Assistant; CALI Awards in Intellectual Property, Business Planning, and Law, Entertainment & Social Enterprise.
  • Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business , 2009, B.S., Business Management, Minors in Engineering Entrepreneurship, English and International Business.
  • University of Westminster, 2008, London, England, International Business and English Literature Studies

  • Pennsylvania

Awards & Recognition

  • Benjamin H. Teplitz Memorial Award
  • Pro Bono Service Leadership Recognition Award

Civic & Charitable Affiliations

  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Advisory Board (2015-present)
  • World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Board of Directors (2012-2014)
  • One Young World, Ambassador to Johannesburg, South Africa (2013)
  • Leadership Pittsburgh, Leadership Development Initiative (2012-2013)