The merger between US firm Reed Smith and Chicago-based Sachnoff & Weaver is going live today.
The two firms will start trading under the banner of Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver in Chicago for a limited period.
The addition of Sachnoff’s 130 lawyers takes the total number of lawyers at Reed Smith to 1,500.
Greg Jordan, Reed Smith’s firmwide managing partner, said: “Both firms share compatible long-term goals and culture, we know our Chicago colleagues will play key roles in our growth in several important practices.”
The merger of the two firms also brought about a string of management changes for partners at Reed Smith. Sarah Wolff has been named as head of securities litigation and enforcement group, and Stewart Dolin the co-leader of the corporate and securities practice along with John Iino in the firm’s Los Angeles market.
Also taking up new positions are Jonathan Quinn, who has been charged with leading the Midwest commercial litigation group, while Jeffrey London becomes the co-head of the benefits practice with David Fuechtman
In addition, Austin Hirsch, Carolyn Rosenberg and Mark Brand have also been named to join the firm’s executive committee.
The integration effort was led by Hirsch, Sachnoff’s former managing partner, and Eugene Tillman, director of legal personnel and a partner in Reed Smith’s Washington DC office.
Thomas McGough, former head of litigation at Reed Smith, has relocated to Chicago to help facilitate the combination.
The merger follows Reed Smith’s transatlantic merger with Richards Butler, which came into effect on New Year’s Day (The Lawyer, 2 January).