In one of my posts yesterday about Reed Smith’s termination of Denise Howell, I wondered whether the firm anticipated the blogosphere’s reaction. Well, the stats suggest it should have. Kevin O’Keefe at LexBlog reports that Internet discussion about Reed Smith is up 50 percent in the wake of the incident. Meanwhile, Bob Coffield at Health Care Law Blog pulled together stats showing the first wave of bloggers’ interest in the news. They show huge surges in blogger mentions of Reed Smith and Denise Howell on July 17 and 18, just after the news broke.