Reed Smith is the perfect fit for associates who want to take on challenging legal work in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Partners here are active mentors, and on-the-job training is supplemented with courses through Reed Smith University. The social sphere surpasses borders at Reed Smith where associates can work alongside attorneys in any one of its 13 international offices or 17 domestic offices. Reed Smith doesn’t shy away from taking on the responsibility of advising some of the largest companies in the world.
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Beyond the general markers of academic success, Reed Smith also prioritizes recruiting diverse candidates with a down-to-earth personality. Described as a laid-back and warm environment, the firm’s social culture includes cross-office collaboration and frequent social interactions amongst associates. Communication between associates and partners are founded on respect. Partners take a genuine interest in their growth and development and view them as a valuable part of the team. Attorneys work hard to ensure work is equitably distributed and affords associates flexibility and reasonable timelines. Associates believe compensation is generous. The firm implements a two-tiered compensation system where hitting the 2,000 billable-hour requirement results in market compensation and uses...
A Pittsburgh native long intertwined with the city’s industrial kingpins, Reed Smith joined the crowd in globalizing via international mergers in the 21st century. With litigation at the forefront, the firm’s practice strengths also include cross-border transactional and regulatory work.
Steel City Origins
Reed Smith LLP’s rise to prominence can be at least partly credited to a symbiotic relationship with an American industrial tycoon. Attorney James Reed, who founded the firm in Pittsburgh with Philander Knox in 1877, cultivated strong ties with the man most singularly responsible for giving Steel City its blue-collar identity: Andrew Carnegie. In addition to leading the firm’s representation of Carnegie at the peak of his empire-building, Reed served as a charter director of Carnegie...