A former Reed Smith associate in Washington who alleged wrongful termination against the firm won a victory Thursday in the D.C. Court of Appeals, which reversed the dismissal of the suit and remanded the case for trial in Superior Court.

The former associate, Danielle Cesarano, who now works at the State Department, filed a complaint against Reed Smith in October 2003. Cesarano, who is represented by Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth, had complained internally earlier that the firm was not providing her reasonable accommodation for a physiological disorder she developed after burning her dominant hand in 2001 at a Reed Smith trial training program.

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