THE FIRM This national firm is renowned in the region for its representation of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Attorneys at the firm are adept at handling a wide variety of litigation, from general commercial to specialized product liability, insurance and media-related work. Pepper Hamilton draws from a deep bench of litigators to provide advice and guidance to their clients and the firm attracts business from key industry players such as Hershey Trust and Tyco International as well as regional news organizations.
Sources say: "Very business-oriented, a very good firm." "A leader in this region in pharmaceutical work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Crawford is a prominent commercial litigator within Pennsylvania. He covers a broad range of litigation, including class actions, securities and product liability cases. He is a well-known member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Nina Gussack has earned her place among the top litigators in the region, described by one source as "one of the most active big pharmaceutical lawyers in Philadelphia and the country." As chair of the firm, she garners praise from peers, who view her as "a predominant factor in the success of the firm's litigation department." She has a strong health executives practice group, representing pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, and is seen as a "really phenomenal lawyer."
Robert Hickok is a "very fine lawyer" who has been handling commercial litigation for Tyco International this year. He has the capacity to represent clients in high-value, complex work including class actions.
Barbara Mather represents Hershey Trust on antitrust matters and is described by one respondent as "the person there that I would recommend, definitely." She is a "smart" trial lawyer who has "good experience" in the field.
Francis Devine handles complex litigation for clients such as Exelon. He has also defended clients against claims of fraud, breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation in the context of a real estate transaction.
Chair of the commercial insurance and reinsurance group Deborah Cohen has built up a healthy practice, exemplified by her representation of Legion Insurance before state and federal courts. She is able to pursue RICO claims and fraud actions for her clients, as well as counseling them on regulatory issues.
Amy Ginensky is known statewide for her defense of media companies and typically handles defamation litigation and related matters. She chairs the commercial litigation practice group and garners praise for her depth of experience: "She really knew her stuff." Peers know her as "an outstanding lawyer" and she regularly represents media entities such as Lancaster Newspapers and Philadelphia Media Network.
Thomas Gallagher chairs the firm's white-collar and corporate investigations practice group. He has particular knowledge in the healthcare area and recently represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in a whistle-blowing case. Clients appreciate his "really high-caliber" work and describe him as "fantastic."
Since publication, Deborah F Cohen has moved in-house.