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In a hiring coup for Reed Smith, former U.S. Sen. William V. Roth Jr. has joined the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based international firm, which expects to tap into the background and contacts Roth amassed in taxes, trade, financial services and foreign policy in more than three decades of congressional service. For Roth, a Republican who lost his seat in November to Thomas R. Carper, then Delaware’s Democratic governor, it will be largely a return to routine as he plans to work from Reed Smith offices in both Wilmington, Del., and Washington. Roth said he chose Reed Smith because of the professionalism of his new colleagues and because of its breadth and depth in his areas of interest. “It’s a quality law firm. It’s got offices all over the world, but most importantly here and in Washington,” he said. While Reed Smith has grown to almost 700 lawyers with offices in 14 U.S. cities and the United Kingdom, Roth’s arrival brings a certain cachet. “It’s a terrific fit,” said Gregory B. Jordan, the managing partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh headquarters. “He is obviously as highly regarded and respected a person as there is.” Roth’s decision ends the parlor-game speculation about his future that has been going on in political and legal circles since the election. He had taken temporary office space in Wilmington at Richards Layton & Finger — the equivalent of the family practice for him — without establishing any formal association. The firm was founded by the grandfather of Roth’s wife, 3rd U.S. Circuit Judge Jane Richards Roth, who was a partner there before going on the federal bench. Roth got started May 4th for Reed Smith in the Wilmington office, where he joins 12 other lawyers, according to senior partner David S. Swayze. “We are really very, very excited and happy about it, and the senator seems to be excited and happy to be a part of the firm,” Swayze said. “The senator will be available to anyone who needs his counsel in the Wilmington office. He has not forgotten his roots.” Also joining Roth at Reed Smith is Daniel E. Bob, formerly his senior aide, who will focus on trade policy and international relations in the Washington office. Roth will be listed at Reed Smith as a senior adviser in the government relations practice. He earned his law degree from Harvard University and was a lawyer at Hercules Inc. before he went to Congress and took inactive status with the Delaware Bar. He said he will be seeking reinstatement and expects to be of counsel with Reed Smith afterward. Roth largely will consult with clients on tax and budgetary matters as well as international affairs, Swayze said. He has no plans to lobby or appear in court. As a five-term senator, Roth rose to be the Senate’s Finance Committee chairman. His name is a household word because of his authorship of the Reagan-era tax cut, known in Delaware as Roth-Kemp although called Kemp-Roth elsewhere, and because of the Roth IRA, an individual retirement account. Roth also is known for his work overhauling the tax code and reforming the Internal Revenue Service. He was the Senate floor manager last year for legislation extending permanent normal trade relations to China and has a longstanding interest in the Pacific Rim. He was a leader in NATO’s parliamentary arm — and traveled this month to Slovakia. Roth was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966 and to the Senate in 1970. His 34 years in Congress gave him the record as the longest-serving statewide elected official in Delaware history. Not in Roth’s future: any more politicking. Still, he said, “I’ll always be interested in politics.”

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