Reed Smith labor and employment partner John DiNome has left the firm to go in-house, joining American Academic Health System LLC.
DiNome, who practiced at Reed Smith for 22 years, is the health system’s new assistant general counsel for labor and employment and chief human resource officer as of one week ago, he said in an interview Monday. AAHS is a recently formed affiliate of Paladin Healthcare, a longtime client of DiNome and Reed Smith, DiNome said.
“I’m really excited about working with this employer here in the Philadelphia market … being involved at the ground level,” DiNome said.
In January, AAHS acquired Hahnemann University Hospital, the teaching hospital for Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. At the end of February, AAHS announced that it would be replacing several members of Hahnemann’s leadership team, according to media reports, but DiNome said his new position is not related to that overhaul, as he is working for the health system as a whole.
DiNome said his departure from Reed Smith was “bittersweet,” but he plans to maintain the relationship between his new employer and the firm.
“This is an excellent in-house opportunity for John and we wish him well,” Casey Ryan, global head of legal personnel for Reed Smith, said in a statement.
DiNome made headlines at Reed Smith nine years ago, when he announced internally that he planned to run in the firmwide managing partner election against Gregory Jordan, then a nine-year incumbent. Jordan, who is now general counsel for PNC Bank, held that position from 2000 to 2013.
DiNome joined the firm’s Philadelphia office in April 1996 as an associate, as part of a three-lawyer group from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads.