Reed Smith Makes Chicago Merger Official

The merger between Reed Smith and Chicago-based Sachnoff & Weaver went into effect March 1. With the addition of Sachnoff & Weaver’s 130 Chicago lawyers, Reed Smith now has more than 1,500 lawyers firmwide and is projecting annual revenues of approximately $900 million.


In Chicago, the firm will operate as Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver for a period of time.


This combination follows the Jan. 1 completion of Reed Smith’s Merger with London-based Richards Butler.


“We are delighted to have a significant presence in the Midwest, where many of our existing clients are headquartered or conduct business,” Gregory B. Jordan, Reed Smith’s firmwide managing partner, said. “We are confident that our presence in Chicago will be a major benefit for many clients.”


Several Sachnoff & Weaver partners were named to firmwide Leadership roles in Reed Smith. These include Sarah R. Wolff, head of the firmwide securities litigation and enforcement group; Stewart Dolin, new co-leader of the corporate and securities practice with John M. Iino in the firm’s Los Angeles market; Jonathan S. Quinn, head of the new Midwest commercial litigation group; Jeffrey L. London, co-chairman of the benefits practice and David C. Fuechtman, co-chairman of the wealth planning practice, both of the tax, benefits and wealth planning group.In addition, Austin L. Hirsch, Carolyn H. Rosenberg and Mark A. Brand are new members of the Reed Smith executive committee.


The integration effort is headed by Hirsch, Sachnoff & Weaver’s former CEO, and Eugene Tillman, director of legal personnel and a partner in Reed Smith’s Washington, D.C. office.


W. Thomas McGough Jr., former head of the Reed Smith’s litigation department, relocated to Chicago from Pittsburgh for at least a year to help facilitate the combination.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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