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Falls Church lawyer to lead Reed Smith

thomas_alexanderAlexander “Sandy” Thomas of Falls Church, formerly global chair of the litigation department at Reed Smith, is taking the reins as the firm’s Global Managing Partner. He will succeed Gregory B. Jordan in that role as Jordan leaves the firm to join The PNC Financial Services Group.

Thomas is a commercial litigator who joined Reed Smith in 1999 through the firm’s combination with Virginia’s Hazel & Thomas PC. He previously worked as a trial attorney with the antitrust division of the U.S. Justice Department.

Thomas served for five years as a practice group leader, then as litigation department vice chair for two years. He was elected to the firm’s executive committee in 2009, and for the past year has served on Reed Smith’s senior management team as chair of the litigation department.

Jordan will become executive vice president, general counsel and head of regulatory and government affairs at PNC. Under his leadership, Reed Smith was transformed into a major global law firm, with 1800 lawyers in 25 offices.

“Greg has been a tremendous leader,” Thomas said in a news release. “We thank him for all he has done to help transform Reed Smith into the financially strong, global law firm that it is today.”

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