Reed Smith Makes Leadership Changes

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Len Bernstein
Len Bernstein

About a month after the top leadership position at Reed Smith changed hands, the firm has announced new managing partners for three of its offices.

In Philadelphia, longtime partner Len Bernstein is taking over as head of the office from real estate partner Ajay Raju. Raju had been in that role since 2009 and has previously served as vice chairman of the firm's business department. He is a rainmaker in the firm and active on several boards and will be focusing his time on those activities.

Bernstein is not a stranger to leadership roles at Reed Smith, where he heads the firm's financial services regulatory group. He had previously served on the firm's executive committee and led the firm's efforts in establishing a Princeton office in 1992. Bernstein served as managing partner of that office for one year.

Bernstein said he is focused on growth in the Philadelphia office, where the firm already has 170 attorneys. He said he is looking to add partners who could benefit from the firm's international platform. He said the office is very active in the energy, health care and financial services practices. Bernstein will maintain his leadership of the financial services regulatory group, which he founded.

In other leadership changes, Vincent R. Gordon is now head of the Dubai, United Arab Emirates, office in addition to his existing leadership responsibilities in Abu Dhabi. Gordon, who is Reed Smith's Middle East head of business and finance, will assume the title of Middle East managing partner. He took over the Dubai office leadership from Chau Ee Lee, who is returning to his home base in Singapore, where Reed Smith recently opened a location.

In Richmond, partner S. Miles Dumville has begun the transition into leadership of that office. He will officially take over come Jan. 1, when current managing partner Curtis Manchester steps down after seven years of leading the office. Manchester will focus full-time on his commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice.

The leadership changes come a little more than a month after longtime global managing partner Gregory B. Jordan left the firm to serve as general counsel of PNC. He handed over the reins to Washington, D.C., partner Alexander Y. "Sandy" Thomas.

While Bernstein has been with Reed Smith since founding the Princeton office in 1992, Gordon and Dumville are relatively newer additions. Similarly to Thomas, who joined Reed Smith in 1999 via Richmond-based Hazel & Thomas' merger into the firm, Dumville and Gordon also came to the firm via mergers. Dumville was also with Hazel & Thomas and Gordon was with Richards Butler, which merged into Reed Smith in 2007.

Bernstein said his ascension to the head of the Philadelphia office had little to do with the changing of leadership at Reed Smith's highest levels. He said the office management changes were more part of the ordinary course of business at Reed Smith, which sees those roles transition every few years. He said there are no term limits for the position.

Gina Passarella can be contacted at 215-557-2494 or at gpassarella@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @GPassarellaTLI.

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