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    April 30, 2008  


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After 17 years at Reed Smith, Scott Bolden was installed as Managing Partner of the 80-lawyer DC office last week. He’s headed up so many other organizations—the D.C. Democratic Party and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce to name two—our only surprise is that it took this long for him to take the lead role at his own firm.


We were loving this piece of art in Scott’s office, which he calls “A Lawyer Meets the Press” (those are pens instead of daggers). But fear not; our aim is terrible so no partners were harmed in the writing of this article. Instead, we learned that Scott spent four years as an ADA in Manhattan before the Howard Law grad returned to DC as a litigation associate at Reed Smith. Surprising, since it might feel like he’s been a permanent fixture in DC. The looong list of profile-raising appointments he’s held here includes board memberships with the Board of Governors of the DC Bar; Sequoia National Bank; Greater D.C. Cares; and a spot on the U.S. District Court (DC) Committee on Grievances. When Scott’s father, a former Illinois judge, told him his resume looked impressive, Scott said: “It just means I’m an old 45.”


We shadowed Scott on a patrol of the hallways, where—true story—he and Counsel Mike Raibman exchanged tips on keeping pigeons off their K Street balconies. We actually know Mike to be a whiz on insurance recovery, which Scott says is one of the firm’s growth areas, along with health care, white collar, financial services, and regulatory litigation. Scott’s mission, he says, will be to raise the firm’s brand recognition in the DC business and political communities. (Who knew Reed Smith has 1600 lawyers, putting it in the top 15 worldwide? Confession: Not us.) He should have a leg up among DC politicos, as Scott has represented former Mayors Williams (an employment matter), Pratt Dixon, and Barry (campaign finance).    


Sure, getting out in the community gives Scott plenty of chance to meet potential clients, but he let us in on his true secret to getting new business: “You need to ask for it.” In the rare moments he isn’t doing that, you can find him hitting his favorite tennis courts, at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center. Where, of course, he’s also been Chairman of the Board.

John Ford is Bisnow’s Managing Editor. Send him story tips—and your love—at john@bisnow.com.

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