Lawyer named in sex bias suit jumps to K&L Gates

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David DeNinno, formerly chair of law firm Reed Smith's business and finance department and a member of its executive committee, has moved around the block to K&L Gates, where he was named a partner in that firm's corporate practice.

The move comes two weeks after the dismissal of a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Reed Smith that included allegations involving Mr. DeNinno.

Several sources said Reed Smith had been negotiating recently with Mr. DeNinno to leave the firm.

In a suit filed in December, JoEllen Lyons Dillon, an attorney who has since left Reed Smith, accused the firm of paying women less than men and distributing work to female lawyers who were willing to engage in sexual relations with managers.

When her pay was slashed after she took time off to give birth to twins, the lawsuit said, Ms. Dillon questioned Mr. DeNinno and he asked if she was "done having babies yet."

The case was dismissed in federal court in early May.

Her attorney, Samuel Cordes, declined comment on the details of the suit's dismissal but said the case was "resolved to our mutual satisfaction."

A spokesman for K&L said the firm had no comment.

A news release announcing Mr. DeNinno as a partner at K&L said the firm was "delighted to add him as our partner."


Joyce Gannon: jgannon@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1580.


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