PITTSBURGH – Reed Smith is pleased to announce that Casey Ryan, the firm’s Global Head of Legal Personnel and a member of its Senior Management Team, has been selected by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel as a 2019 “Women, Influence & Power in Law” (WIPL) award winner in the category of “Women’s Legal Awards.” The recognition honors exceptional female law firm partners, in-house leaders and general counsel who have demonstrated a commitment to empowering women in law and to implementing change.

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“Heartfelt congratulations to Casey for earning this significant honor by dedicating her energy, enthusiasm, creativity and expertise to promoting women’s advancement in the legal profession,” said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner. “Casey has spent her entire legal career at our firm – she has always been and remains an incomparable force for gender equity and women’s empowerment and is truly worthy of this recognition.”

Ryan has led the development and launch of three significant firmwide policy and program initiatives that promote positive changes in the firm’s culture; improvements in the health and well-being of its lawyers; and the advancement of diverse and female lawyers across the firm. She was instrumental in conceptualizing and rolling out Wellness Works in January 2018, launching a comprehensive Associate Life Initiative just four months later, and is currently implementing enhancements to Associate Life.

“I am gratified to be recognized by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel for this honor,” Ryan said. “I benefitted enormously from the policies, practices and resources at Reed Smith, and am grateful to have had so many leadership opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in creating new approaches and programs that empower and advance women and others firmwide.”