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Kristin Wells represents public and private companies in a wide range of corporate matters, concentrating in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries. She is a partner in Reed Smith's Global Corporate Group and is the former co-leader of the US Corporate Securities Practice Group.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1996, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1992, MBA, Katz Graduate School of Business
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1990, B.A.

  • Pensilvania

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor 
  • 30 Percent Club Mentor 
  • Association for Corporate Growth Executive Women's Committee
  • Women Leading Women Conference 2020 Executive Committee 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022-2024, and Sports Law, 2023-2024
  • Honored with the ATHENA Award of Greater Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Technology Council for her outstanding mentorship, community service and professional excellence, 2021
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Pittsburgh & Surrounds Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (ranked Band 1 in 2022), 2019-2023
  • Recognized by the Legal Intelligencer as a Professional Excellence Award winner for being one of Pennsylvania’s Most Effective Dealmakers in 2020
  • Listed as Highly regarded in IFLR1000 Global for United States, Pennsylvania M&A, 2017-2024
  • Recognized by Global M&A Networks as one of the Top USA Women Dealmakers in 2019
  • Selected as an Acritas Stars stand-out lawyer, 2017-2020
  • M&A Advisors Cross-Border Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion) – Acquisition of Kaydon Corp. by SKF USA Inc., in 2014
  • Selected by Oakland Catholic High School as one of its “Leading Ladies” in Pittsburgh in 2014
  • Selected by M&A Atlas Awards Middle Markets as one of the Top 50 North America M&A Lawyers in 2014
  • Selected by the The Legal Intelligencer as one of its "Women of the Year" in 2012

In The News

  • "Most Effective Dealmaker: Kristin Wells" The Legal Intelligencer, September 22, 2020
  • "Mover and Shaker,", September 2015
  • "Dealmakers Q&A: Reed Smith’s Kristin Wells," Law360, September 4, 2014
  • "Sweden's SKF to buy Kaydon," The Deal Pipeline, 5 September 2013
  • "Women of the Year Winners," The Legal Intelligencer, March 30, 2012
  • "The Legal's Top Lateral Hires of 2010," The Legal Intelligencer, February 2011
  • "The Score: Clifford Chance, Reed Smith See That Sid the Kid Gets Paid," The American Lawyer, January 21, 2011
  • "SKF Buys Lincoln Holdings," The Deal, October 2010

Civic and Charitable Affiliations

  • University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association Board of Governors
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation
  • Shadyside Academy Board of Trustees
  • PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Hat Luncheon (Vice Chair)
  • Mario Lemieux Foundation – Austin’s Playroom Project Captain
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (Board of Directors)
  • St. Lucy’s Auxiliary
  • Oakland Catholic High School (Board of Directors)
  • Executive Committee of Fox Chapel Country Day School
  • Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Initiative XII
  • Tri Delta Alumni Association
  • University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association