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Reed Smith refreshes global senior management team

New members chosen for their 'firm first' approach to leadership, says Sandy Thomas 

28 July 2014

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

The partners of global law firm Reed Smith have voted in favour of the senior management team and firm secretary recommendations of its global managing partner Sandy Thomas.

In addition to Thomas, the seven-member team will comprise three new members and retain three former members. The new members will be Edward Estrada as global head of strategy, Casey Ryan as global head of legal personnel and Ray Cardozo as chair of the litigation department.

Returning members will be David Boutcher, chair of the business and finance department, Roger Parker, EMEA managing partner and Gary Sokulski, chief operating officer.

"Reed Smith has been exceptionally well served by its current senior management team, particularly through the transition in leadership last year and my recent election to a full three-year term," said Thomas.

"In selecting new members, I have focused on choosing individuals with a 'firm first' approach to leadership, experience in management, knowledge of the firm and its people, openness to innovation and change in how we operate, and the respect each is afforded as a lawyer."

Edward Estrada, current managing partner of the firm's New York office, will replace Michael Pollack as Reed Smith's global head of strategy on 1 August 2014. Estrada has been a member of the executive committee since 2010 and also served as co-practice group leader of the firm's US commercial litigation practice.

Pollack who served on the senior management team for 14 years and is its longest serving member, will become the firm's chief legal officer, replacing Carl Krasik, who retired 30 June. Pollack, based in Philadelphia, was instrumental in the expansion and evolution of Reed Smith from a regional law firm to a global powerhouse.

Colleen Davies, current global head of legal personnel, will remain on the senior management team until 1 March 2015 when Casey Ryan, based in the firm's Pittsburgh office, will assume that role. Davies will return to her life sciences litigation practice.

Ryan is currently the vice chair of the litigation department and has previously served as the practice group leader for the firm's labour and employment group, as the Pittsburgh office chair of the Reed Smith's Women's Initiative and is a longstanding member of the firm's professional responsibility committee.

Jack Nelson, current firmwide chair of the litigation department, will remain on the senior management team until 31 December, when Ray Cardozo, currently managing partner of the San Francisco office, will replace him. Nelson will take on the role of vice chair of the litigation department.

Cardozo has served as practice group leader of the firm's appellate group for six years and has been office managing partner of the San Francisco office since 2012.

The members of the senior management continuing in their roles are David Boutcher, chair of the business and finance department and Roger Parker, managing partner of the firm's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Both Boutcher and Parker work from London. Gary Sokulski, Reed Smith's chief operating officer, will continue a role he assumed in 2004, based in the firm's Pittsburgh office.

Boutcher will continue his focus on driving the firm's business development efforts, with an emphasis on further improving profitability and efficiency. Parker will lead the firm's growth in the Asia-Pacific region, including pursuit of a stronger presence in that area. Sokulski, who has served as COO since 1999, will remain responsible for sustaining the firm's high performance operating environment.

The partnership also approved Carolyn Duronio as secretary of the executive committee, a role she has held since 2007.



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