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CHICAGO — Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver has added five partners in its Chicago office, including two partners from cross-town rival Mayer Brown. Reed Smith, which merged with Chicago-based Sachnoff & Weaver in March, said in a release that John S. Vishneski III has joined its insurance recovery group, and Russell R. Eggert has joined its environmental group, both from Mayer Brown. Vishneski, 44, represents policyholders in large insurance coverage disputes, and Eggert, 59, has a practice in environmental and regulatory tort litigation. Attorney James A. Burns Jr., 51, is joining the firm’s labor and employment group from Katten Muchin Rosenman, where his practice focused on employment litigation and counseling on behalf of management. William H. Nichols, 52, is coming into the firm’s tax, benefits and wealth planning group from Ungaretti & Harris, where he worked on retirement, health and other benefit plans, including in cases of mergers and employee stock ownership plans. Christopher P. Bennett, 36, is joining the corporate and securities group from Latham and Watkins, where he represented underwriters and issuers in initial public offerings of stock as well as clients involved in regulatory compliance matters. All of the lawyers were partners at their respective former firms except for Bennett, who was a senior associate. Reed Smith, an international firm with about 1,460 lawyers that was founded in Pittsburgh, also hired three lawyers from DLA Piper in April that have a practice in financial portfolio management for commercial lending companies. The firm, which has 138 attorneys in Chicago, has now hired 19 attorneys in the Chicago office and lost about the same number since the merger.

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