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8:20am EDT July 29, 2006
Place of birth: Wheeling, W.Va.

Education:
Bachelor of arts degree, Bethany College, 1981; juris doctorate, University of Pittsburgh Law School, 1984

First job: General labor, steel mill

Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Jack Welch, because he inspired change and outstanding performance at the same time, over an extended period

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
That great teamwork beats individual effort every time

What has been your toughest business challenge?
Expanding and changing Reed Smith while retaining our outstanding culture

Describe your leadership style.
I try to set a vision, inspire our people to excel, encourage great teamwork and applaud the outstanding things our people do.