Reed Smith managing partner Thomas retains role after contested election

Reed Smith’s global managing partner Alexander “Sandy” Thomas has been re-elected following a contested election. 

Thomas took over as head of the US firm late year, after long-time incumbent Greg Jordan quit mid-way through a three-year term (3 October 2013).

A spokesperson at the time insisted that Thomas had “stood unopposed” for the managing partner role. However his position was later challenged by the firm’s co-head of global business and finance, John Martini. 

Philadelphia-based Martini was the only other partner to go up against Thomas for the position, leading to a global partner vote for the leadership role which drew to a close yesterday (10 June). 

Reed Smith confirmed Thomas’s election today (11 June). He formally starts his three-year tenure in August. 

In a statement Thomas said that this latest election had “fostered an exchange of ideas” which was valuable to the firm. It is not clear how many partners voted in favour of Thomas’s appointment.

The Washington DC-based partner joined the firm in 1999 and was chair of its litigation department for two years before being voted in as managing partner late last year.

Jordan left Reed Smith for PNC Financial Services Group, a move which came months after banking giant Barclays named PNC’s general counsel Bob Hoyt as the replacement for outgoing legal head Mark Harding (30 August 2013).