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Pepper Hamilton LLP


Pepper Hamilton LLP - Philadelphia
  • 3000 Two Logan Square
  • Eighteenth and Arch Streets
  • Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-2799
  • Tel:+1 215 981 4000
  • Fax:+1 215 981 4750
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Louis J Freeh
  • Executive Partner: Thomas J Cole Jr
  • Website:  www.pepperlaw.com

Firm Overview:
Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally providing corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to US and international businesses, governmental entities, non-profit organizations and individuals. Pepper was founded in 1890.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Commercial Litigation:
Represents clients in complex contract, corporate governance, securities, ERISA and antitrust litigation and alternative dispute resolution, in the single case, class action and MDL context.
Contact: Amy B Ginensky

Represents contractors, public and private owners, developers, subcontractors, architects, engineers and sureties in contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation and litigation.
Contact: Bruce W Ficken

Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy:
Represents creditors, debtors, trustees, commercial lenders, examiners and other parties in insolvencies.
Contact: Robert S Hertzberg, David B Stratton

Corporate & Securities:
Represents public and private companies in M&A activities, corporate governance, disclosure, securities compliance and enforcement, and other business matters; private equity and venture funds in fund formation, investments, buyouts and other transactions.
Contact: Brian M Katz

Employee Benefits:
Benefits and executive compensation counseling, plan drafting and administration; and benefits/ compensation aspects of transactions; ERISA litigation.
Contact: Jonathan A Clark, David M Kaplan

Environmental & Energy:
Represents manufacturers, public and private utilities, insurance companies, renewable energy developers, trade associations, land owners, large institutional organisations, oil and gas producers with environmental, regulatory and commercial issues.
Contact: John W Carroll

Financial Services:
Represents sophisticated institutional lenders and borrowers in leveraged transactions, secured financings, securitizations and litigation; investment advisory fund formation and regulation.
Contact: Richard P Eckman

Health Effects Litigation:
Risk management, regulatory counseling and litigation related to alleged adverse health effects from pharmaceuticals,medical devices, radiation, chemicals and environmental substances; product liability litigation involving consumer goods and industrial equipment; civil and criminal matters related to clinical trials.
Contact: Nina M Gussack

Intellectual Property:
Procures intellectual property rights and resolves disputes, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secret protection, unfair competition, false advertising, and defamation, publicity and privacy issues.
Contact: Vincent V Carissimi, William D Belanger

Represents major national and multinational corporations, emerging businesses, foreign governments, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals.
Contact: James D Rosener

Labor & Employment:
Represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, from management counseling to complex employment litigation.
Contact: Matthew V DelDuca

Real Estate:
Represents major developers in financing, leasing and construction of commercial and residential developments.
Contact: Norman B Berlin, Matthew J Swett

Structures businesses and transactions to improve local, state, national and international tax efficiency.
Contact: Joan C Arnold

Trusts & Estates:
Represents individuals and businesses in wealth preservation issues and family-owned businesses.
Contact: Mark S Blaskey

White Collar Litigation & Investigations:
Team includes former FBI director and a highly skilled group of former judges, federal and state prosecutors, and experienced corporate counsel with unparalleled expertise in white collar defense and regulatory enforcement, corporate investigations, compliance and ethics.
Contact: Thomas M Gallagher


  • 3000 Two Logan Square,
  • Eighteenth and Arch Streets,
  • Philadelphia,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-2799
  • Tel +1 215 981 4000
  • Fax +1 215 981 4750
  • Email : phinfo@pepperlaw.com
  • Website : www.pepperlaw.com
  • 4 Park Plaza,
  • Irvine,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92614-5955
  • Tel 949 567 3500
  • Fax 949 863 0151
  • Suite 3400, 350 South Grand Avenue ,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-3427
  • Tel +1 213 928 9800
  • Fax +1 213 928 9850
  • Hercules Plaza, Suite 5100,
  • 1313 Market Street,
  • P.O. Box 1709,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19899-1709
  • Tel 302 777 6500
  • Fax 302 421 8390
  • Hamilton Square,,
  • 600 Fourteenth Street NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005-2004
  • Tel 202 220 1200
  • Fax 202 220 1665
  • 125 High Street,
  • High Street Tower, 19th Floor,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02110-2736
  • Tel 617 204 5100
  • Fax 617 204 5150
  • Suite 1800,
  • 4000 Town Center,
  • Southfield,
  • Michigan
  • USA
  • MI 48075-1505
  • Tel +1 248 359 7300
  • Fax +1 248 359 7700
  • Suite 400,
  • 301 Carnegie Center,
  • Princeton,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 08543-5276
  • Tel 609 452 0808
  • Fax 609 452 1147
  • The New York Times Building,
  • 37th Floor,
  • 620 Eighth Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10018-1405
  • Tel 212 808 2700
  • Fax 212 286 9806
  • 400 Berwyn Park,
  • 899 Cassatt Road,
  • Berwyn,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19312-1183
  • Tel +1 610 640 7800
  • Fax +1 610 640 7835
  • Suite 200,
  • 100 Market Street,
  • P.O. Box 1181,
  • Harrisburg,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 17108-1181
  • Tel 717 255 1155
  • Fax 717 238 0575
  • Suite 5000,
  • 500 Grant Street,
  • Pittsburgh,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 15219-2507
  • Tel 412 454 5000
  • Fax 412 281 0717

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Delaware

THE FIRM This well-regarded debtors' shop has also built a solid reputation for its work representing purchasers and creditors' committees, along with other parties. The team is also noted for its expertise in litigation matters such as defense of fraud and avoidance actions. Clients include Washington Mutual creditors' committee, Solar Trust of America creditors' committee, and Ally Financial.

Sources say: "They prevail in disputes on the merits, even when they are the underdogs. They give excellent, practical and timely advice and counsel. They are user-friendly and helpful to our common clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Stratton is a very experienced and respected attorney who is noted for his "utmost integrity and professionalism." In addition to serving as counsel in bankruptcy cases, he is a noted mediator. A recent highlight for him was serving as co-counsel to the Washington Mutual creditors' committee.

David Fournier is "a straight shooter" who is "very smooth and smart." He has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors' committees, landlords and purchasers. He was involved in the team that represented Capitol Infrastructure as lead counsel in its Chapter 11 cases.

Donald Detweiler "has a strong knowledge of the bankruptcy code" and represents a large variety of parties both in and outside of court. He also has "superb judgment and very strong people skills, which makes him an extraordinarily valuable resource to his clients."

Construction - Nationwide

THE FIRM Pepper Hamilton's construction practice offers commendable trial expertise, and is frequently involved in some of the most high-profile and complex litigation taking place in the USA and overseas, often arising out of major infrastructure projects. It recently acted as counsel for Pepper Construction in substantial arbitration proceedings against a luxury condominium developer relating to the conversion of Chicago's Palmolive Building. Other notable clients include Silverstein Properties, Bechtel Power and The Trump Organization.

Sources say: "They're very valued counsel. I feel very comfortable calling them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice group head Bruce Ficken is based in Philadelphia. He is a distinguished trial attorney, with almost 40 years of experience in the field.

Products Liability - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team is primarily sought for its expertise in medical device and pharmaceutical product litigation. It recently represented longstanding client GlaxoSmithKline in litigation concerning claims that its diabetes medication Avandia causes heart attacks and other complications. Demonstrating the practice's capacity to handle highly complex cases, the matter entailed a raft of claims across a wide range of fora and included federal multidistrict litigation and consumer fraud actions. The firm continues to act for other leading clients including Eli Lilly, Merck and Medtronic on major matters.

Client Service "They are quick to put together the right team and right approach. They know my company very well and have been a tremendous partner."

Commercial Awareness "They really made a Herculean effort to get their arms around the issues and translate them in the best way, managing the work in a manner that reflected the demands of the industry and the client's needs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "First-rate" Nina Gussack earns extensive praise as a "good strategist" who "works nonstop" for her clients. She took the lead on the Avandia matter for GlaxoSmithKline and continues to handle major work for Eli Lilly.

Sean Fahey is highly commended for his strategic and analytical skills and is described as "great to work with." He focuses on pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and recently co-led various matters for Medtronic.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM This firm debuts in the ranking in recognition of its excellent work in complex employment litigation, including EEOC class action matters. The group also has considerable experience in traditional labor matters, ranging from collective bargaining through arbitration and issues stemming from corporate reorganizations. The group can count First Choice Bank, Princeton HealthCare System and NRG Energy among its roster of current clients.

Sources say: "They have been excellent at discussing strategies and keeping us abreast of the possible positions to take. Their professionalism is amazing."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Matthew DelDuca chairs the labor and employment practice group. Sources say: "He is a very effective litigator and has great insights into the issues of a case."

Antitrust - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a robust antitrust practice with a particular specialty in antitrust matters relating to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Recent highlights include the successful representation of West Penn Allegheny Health System in a sophisticated competition antitrust dispute. The team has also acted for high-profile client GlaxoSmithKline in a class action revolving around pay-for-delay issues raised in the controversial K-Dur decision.

Sources say: "They are willing to ask the right questions and they are very thorough."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Top-notch" practitioner Barbara Mather is held in the highest regard by market commentators. Notable highlights include the representation of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in a class action brought against it by direct purchasers of Lamictal.

The "very smart, savvy and articulate" Barbara Sicalides is admired for her litigation skills. She recently led the team defending Advanced Urethane Technologies in an action alleging price-fixing among manufacturers.

Robin Sumner is appreciated by clients, who find her to be "very accomplished and really very important to the team." She recently assisted in the Processed Egg Products antitrust litigation involving a series of putative class actions.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This solid ten-partner bankruptcy and restructuring practice is a significant presence in the Pennsylvania market. Recent highlights for this firm include representation of Nassau Broadcasting debtors in a significant Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Other key clients include ExxonMobil, Lindenmeyr Munroe and Jet Plastica Industries.

Sources say: "Well regarded in this market for a very long time. A high-level firm, and I think they do excellent work"

KEY INDIVIDUALS Francis Lawall recently acted on behalf of Exelon and PECO Energy defending a class action in a bankruptcy proceeding. Sources regard him as a "very seasoned, very smart attorney" who "commands an awful lot of respect."

The experienced Michael Reed comes highly recommended for his diverse bankruptcy and insolvency practice.

Corporate/M&A - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This firm's corporate department provides expert advice and representation on a variety of transactions. The team is active in the healthcare sector and is particularly well regarded for its robust life sciences practice. Recent highlights include representing First Niagara Financial Group in its acquisition of 195 branches from HSBC as well as its divestment of branches to KeyBank and Five Star Bank.

Sources say: "Very responsive, very capable and very skilled on the private equity front."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "bright, professional and intellectually strong" Barry Abelson is recognized as "one of the most highly regarded corporate lawyers in Philadelphia." He recently led the team advising leading financial services company DFC Global.

Michael Friedman "gets transactions done and he's collegial to work with." He represented First Niagara in its acquisition of multiple branches from HSBC.

Brian Katz is identified by sources as a standout practitioner. He recently represented Marsh & McLennan in its acquisition of Progressive Benefits Solutions as well as insurance agency Seitlin & Company.

Christopher Miller is described as "very helpful, highly competent and responsive," with "a good dose of common sense." Recent highlights include representing Internet Pipeline and its investors in connection with investment by Technology Crossover Ventures.

Jeffrey Libson has extensive experience in the life sciences sector and has acted on behalf of numerous nonprofit clients that support the industry. He has been favorably described by clients and peers alike as being "good to work with," "very responsive" and an "absolute gentleman."

Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a deep IP practice with particular strength in the life sciences sector. The group regularly handles complex patent litigation as well as trademark and copyright actions. Its client roster includes high-profile companies such as Comcast and Motorola. Recent highlights include the representation of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in connection with multiple trade secrets and patent infringement claims.

Sources say: "They're very responsive. They have a depth of knowledge, particularly for trademark work, where they provide a lot of insight."

KEY INDIVIDUALS According to sources, Mark DeLuca "has a great deal of experience and seems to anticipate problems; he thinks a couple of steps ahead." One client comments: "The advice he gives is very good and I think his analytical skills are extraordinary."

Paul Kennedy is appreciated by clients and praised for his "good insight into the business practicalities for applying and protecting trademarks."

Kelly Tillery is well respected among his peers. Recent highlights include representing Nest International in relation to trade secret and copyright infringement claims.

Labor & Employment - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM Recent work highlights for this group include representing Siemens Medical Systems in a noncompete matter against a former senior executive. The group has extensive experience representing healthcare clients, and has advised long-standing client Main Line Health on a variety of labor and employment matters. The team also recently defended Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in putative collective and class action cases. Pepper Hamilton is also highly regarded for its strong employee benefits and executive compensation practice.

Sources say: "Very good. I found it to have consistent high-level quality among all of its practice areas. Very responsive and quality work product."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Rudolph is recognized for his "breadth of experience and knowledge." Notable transactions include serving as lead outside counsel to Comcast and NBCUniversal in connection with the redesign of retirement programs.

Employee benefits group cochair Jonathan Clark recently advised Lafayette College on its retirement and health and welfare programs.

The "very dedicated and very prompt" David Kaplan is praised for his technical approach and responsiveness. Clients appreciate his ability to explain complicated matters in an understandable manner. He recently advised NutriSystem on executive compensation matters.

Litigation - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This full-service firm's nationally acclaimed commercial litigation practice is complemented by a robust white-collar team. The group is adept at handling complex class action defense cases, including antitrust, securities and product liability litigation. In addition, Pepper Hamilton has an active First Amendment litigation practice as illustrated by the team's representation of Lancaster Newspapers. The group also has a significant presence in the healthcare sector, and recently represented the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.

Sources say: "Excellent – professional and responsive, with good legal advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Very bright and very well respected," Robert Hickok recently led the team representing ADT Security Services in a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. He is lauded by sources as "a tremendous civil litigator and securities litigator - one of the best in the country."

Interviewees describe Barbara Mather as "really smart and a very good lawyer." Her recent cases include defending Covidien in a breach of contract suit brought against it by GE.

Nina Gussack handles civil litigation with a focus on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Sources agree that "she has great judgment and great skill."

Francis Devine recently represented TRO Avenue of the Arts as owner/landlord in a high-value unpaid rent dispute with The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Sources note his "personal attention, ingenuity and hard work," and comment on his "aggressiveness in pursuing outside-the-box solutions." 

Thomas Gallagher is chair of the firm's white-collar litigation and investigations practice group. He represents businesses and individuals in white-collar criminal matters and corporate investigations.

Amy Ginensky has significant expertise in First Amendment litigation. Sources say: "She is a terrific lawyer who understands her clients. She can fashion arguments to make courts receptive to them."

Joseph Crawford assisted in the ADT Security Services litigation and is described favorably as a "very skilled civil trial attorney."

Michael Schwartz is described as an "incredibly talented and experienced young white-collar lawyer." He enters the white-collar table, having received outstanding feedback from the market.