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.