Reed Smith makes leadership changes

Offices in Philadelphia, Dubai, Richmond are affected

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Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith has announced new managing partners for three of its offices, a month after Gregory B. Jordan, a long-time global managing partner, left the firm last month to serve as general counsel of PNC Financial Services Group.

In Philadelphia, long-time partner Len Bernstein is taking over as head of the office from real estate partner Ajay Raju. Mr. Raju had been in the top office role since 2009 and has previously served as vice chairman of the firm's business department. He is a rainmaker in the firm and active on several boards, and will be focusing his time on those activities.

Mr. Bernstein is not a stranger to leadership roles at Reed Smith, where he heads the firm's financial services regulatory group. He had previously served on the firm's executive committee and led the firm's efforts in establishing a Princeton office in 1992. Mr. Bernstein served as managing partner of that office for one year.

Mr. Bernstein said he is focused on growth in the Philadelphia office, where the firm already has 170 attorneys. He said he is looking to add partners who could benefit from the firm's international platform.

The office is active in the energy, health care and financial services practices, he said. Mr. Bernstein will maintain his leadership of the financial services regulatory group, which he founded.

In other leadership changes, Vincent R. Gordon is now head of the Dubai, United Arab Emirates, office, in addition to his existing leadership responsibilities in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Gordon, who is Reed Smith's Middle East head of business and finance, will assume the title of Middle East managing partner. He took over the Dubai office leadership from Chau Ee Lee, who is returning to his home base in Singapore, where Reed Smith recently opened a location.

And in Richmond, Va., partner S. Miles Dumville has begun the transition into leadership of that office. He will officially take over come Jan. 1, when current managing partner Curtis Manchester steps down after seven years of leading the office. Mr. Manchester will focus full time on his commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice.

Mr. Jordan, meanwhile, handed the keys to Reed Smith over to Washington, D.C., partner Alexander Y. "Sandy" Thomas.

While Mr. Bernstein has been with Reed Smith since founding the Princeton, N.J., office in 1992, Mr. Gordon and Mr. Dumville are relatively newer additions. As with Mr. Thomas, who joined Reed Smith in 1999 via Richmond-based Hazel & Thomas' merger into the firm, Mr. Dumville and Mr. Gordon also came to the firm via mergers.

Mr. Dumville was also with Hazel & Thomas, and Mr. Gordon was with Richards Butler, which merged into Reed Smith in 2007.

Mr. Bernstein said his ascension to the head of the Philadelphia office had little to do with the changing of leadership at Reed Smith's highest levels. He said the office management changes were more part of the ordinary course of business at Reed Smith, which sees those roles transition every few years.


Gina Passarella: gpassarella@alm.com or 215-557-2494. Read more stories like this at www.legalintelligencer.com.

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