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May 16, 2011 2:29 PM

K&L Gates E-Discovery Group Jumps to Reed Smith

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

A few weeks after announcing the addition of former K&L Gates partner David Cohen in Pittsburgh, Reed Smith is adding a 14-person group of his former colleagues to the firm's new eletronic discovery and records practice group.

Am Law Daily sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer reports that the K&L Gates group is made up of 11 lawyers and three staffers. Cohen was hired earlier this month to build and head Reed Smith's new group after spending 28 years at K&L Gates, where he built that firm's e-discovery, analysis, and technology group.

The team headed to Reed Smith is led by senior manager Beth Wurzel and will provide document review services, along with other support to lawyers and clients working on discovery matters and investigations. In the past, Wurzel concentrated on e-discovery matters in such areas as insurance coverage, pharmaceutical claims, intellectual property construction, and government agency investigations.

The other attorneys joining the firm are Andy Codelka, Ryan Del Greco, Frank Gilberti III, Chris Kenny, Marcin Krieger, Jim Leety, Juliet Leopardi, Katie Salynski, Jeff Sradomski, and Brian Wood.

Cohen told The Legal Intelligencer earlier this month that he approached Reed Smith about joining the firm. Cohen said he was interested in finding ways to cut costs for clients and was attracted to Reed Smith's flexible billing structures.

The Legal Intelligencer noted earlier this month that Reed Smith is the latest in a small group of firms to make formal e-discovery practice groups. Other Am Law firms who have taken similar steps include Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Cozen O'Connor, and Pepper Hamilton

Cohen said that, in the past, firms have generally asked all litigators to have a certain level of expertise in e-discovery. Having a dedicated practice is the best way to protect clients and save them money, but finding experts to populate a practice can also be difficult, he told The Legal Intelligencer.

In a statement released by the firm, Cohen said the hiring of his former K&L Gates colleagues "will further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness with which Reed Smith can service clients, and will allow us to reduce client expenses on e-discovery and litigation support, while also reducing risk exposure." 

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