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Reed Smith LLP

Main Office: Reed Smith Centre, 225 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh | PA | 15222

Phone: 412-288-3131 | Fax: 412-288-3063

3 Star Rating

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Believe in your abilities and focus on your work. You can achieve great things in this firm if you work hard and show full dedication.

I have worked as an attorney at this place for more than seven years. At this place people are legitimately smart and always interested in helping you to advance your career. My supervisor is very friendly and always willing to solve issues I face. I must say that the environment is very work friendly at this place. The work-life balance is also satisfactory.

The firm is very work focused in its outlook and does not relax its requirements for anyone. I also feel that some IT persons are difficult to work with in the firm.

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Highly recommend you restructure your paralegal unit.

My coworkers have always been my favorite part of working at this firm. They make for a really great vibe throughout the office. We have really wonderful benefits and 401K packages.

There is very poor structure here. The paralegal system needs to be readjusted. Even for a small firm the pay was substantially less than market value. This is especially frustrating when this firm offers no opportunity for growth or advancement. When I left this firm, I started at more than double my old salary.

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Reed Smith LLP: Delivering High-Quality Service and Developing Long-Term Relationships Attorneys looking for a dynamic and rewarding work environment should consider Reed Smith LLP in the Bay Area. Reed Smith is a premier law firm with a focus on providing high quality service and developing long-term relationships with clients. The firm has offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, giving attorneys the opportunity to work with clients from around the globe. The firm's extensive experience in many industry sectors, including finance, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, shipping, and advertising, offers a wide array of opportunities for attorneys to gain experience in a variety of practice areas. Reed Smith's commitment to client service has earned the firm recognition from industry observers. In a survey of large and Fortune 1000 in-house counsel, the BTI Consulting Group has ranked Reed Smith among the top firms for client service for ten consecutive years. Reed Smith has also been identified as one of the few large law firms with a strategic focus on client satisfaction. The firm has earned numerous awards, such as runner-up for U.S. Law Firm of the Year from The Lawyer and Litigation Department of the Year in the product liability category from The American Lawyer. Reed Smith's commitment to client service is also evidenced by its approach to delivering legal services. The firm's lawyers begin by understanding clients' business goals and then applying the resources necessary to help achieve them. This commitment to providing tailored service to each client ensures the firm's attorneys have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of their clients' business and to help them succeed. Given its reputation for providing high-quality service, its commitment to developing long-term relationships, and its global presence, Reed Smith LLP in the Bay Area provides attorneys with the opportunity to excel in their practice. Attorneys at Reed Smith have the chance to work with a wide variety of clients, develop a deep understanding of the industries they work in, and build lasting relationships with their clients.

Practice Areas

Reed Smith LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Reed Smith LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

With 23 offices across the United States and around the world, Reed Smith actively recruits talented legal professionals in a variety of positions including attorneys, paralegals and legal support staff.

Reed Smith's compensation programs emphasize merit-based criteria. Its associate compensation package includes market competitive, merit-based salaries, associate 401(k) plans, profit sharing, individual discretionary bonuses, individual production bonuses, origination bonuses as well as employee and other benefits.

Apart from the general hiring criteria, it seeks in its candidate's exceptional academic achievement, participation in law school activities (law review, moot court, etc.) prior work experience, strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the Pittsburgh market.

Pro bono

Reed Smith is a proud charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, devoting more than three percent of its billable time to pro bono work. The firm is also a founding member of Advocates for International Development and a signatory to the United Kingdom Joint Protocol for Pro Bono Work.

In 2011, 67 percent of lawyers in its U.S., European and Middle Eastern offices did pro bono work valued--if calculated at normal billable rates--at more than $25 million. The firm performed more than 60,000 pro bono hours in 2011.

The firm is proud of its pro bono efforts and has received prominent recognition and awards for its pro bono efforts.

The firm is also active in community work that does not require legal assistance. These include delivering hot Holiday meals to those suffering from AIDS, conducting clothing and gift drives for the homeless and lower income people, repairing houses of elderly and disabled people and other similar altruistic projects.

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Reed Smith's work has been noted by industry observers. The Lawyer named Reed Smith its runner-up for U.S. Law Firm of the Year, and The American Lawyer named the firm "Litigation Department of the Year" in the product liability category. The Deal highlighted Reed Smith's commercial restructuring and bankruptcy practice as among the most active. Asian-Counsel named Reed Smith's Hong Kong office "Firm of the Year" in two categories, Commercial Transactions and M&A.

In May 2012 Reed Smith LLP was named a 2012 "Top Ten Family Friendly Firm" by Yale Law Women (YLW). The firm was selected in recognition of its "leadership in developing and implementing family-friendly policies and practices." Earlier In 2011 and 2012 it was recognized as one of only three firms to qualify for all six requirements of the Women In Law Empowerment Forum's (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification, which reflect a firm's percentage of women in partnership, leadership and top compensation ranks.

In June 2009 it was ranked 1st out of 411 law firms by The BTI Client Relationship Scorecard for building and maintaining client relationships.

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Reed Smith LLP feels that with a legal practice straddling the globe and spanning the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, they are a body as diverse as the dissimilar community they are privileged to serve. Yet they believe that their diverse structure does not translate into true diversity unless there is full integration of the unique talents and perspectives of every aspect of their business.

Reed Smith adheres rigidly to its core values of Integrity, Quality, Teamwork & Respect, Performance, and Innovation & Improvement. This they say is what drives them to the heights that they have attained. The firm priority is to recruit, retain and promote individuals not just without regard to their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status or physical challenge, but because of the unique qualities and the value they bring to the firm and its clients.

The firm has a vibrant Women's Initiative Network (WINRS) to promote the successful development and advancement of their women lawyers.

Summer associate program

Reed Smith offers law students first-rate work in a challenging and busy atmosphere where their contributions count from day one. Summer associates will become immersed in law firm life by completing assignments relating to actual client situations. Each assignment presents a fresh opportunity for summer associates to hone their research, writing, judgment, communication and analytical skills.

The firm offers its summer associates numerous chances to participate in both formal and informal training programs, such as: managing partner's forum, mediation and mergers and acquisitions clinics, law firm economics, cross-cultural training and legal writing. Summer associates also have numerous opportunities to participate in pro bono and community service projects.

A majority of the summer associates are considered for offers and a large percentage of the associates want to continue their careers at Reed Smith. Respondents say that the experience they garnered was invaluable and they relished the opportunity to learn from partners and associates who helped them to focus on what they really wanted to do. They say that it taught them the value of relationships. The firm says that many of their nearly 1600 lawyers were Reed Smith summer associates who stayed because of relationships built with clients and colleagues.

Working for the Reed Smith LLP
Although Reed Smith works from multiple locations, the firm's lawyers are linked by more than technology. All share a common culture, with core values supporting Reed Smith's firm-wide commitment to add value, achieve excellence, and promote professional development. These foster a workplace in which diversity and inclusion, pro bono service and community support are manifest. As the firm continues to grow, it remains sharply attuned to its core values, which define its professional character as well as what clients can expect from Reed Smith lawyers, who live these values every day. Reed Smith strives to create an environment were all feel welcomed, valued and respected, where one can grow professionally, without fear of being discriminated against. It will be a matter of status and standing to work in one of the world's leading law firms.


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