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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
  • Managing Partner: Thomas J Cole Jr

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

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

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

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

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: William D Belanger, Vincent V Carissimi

International: 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 Tax: 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


  • 4 Park Plaza,
  • Irvine,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92614-5955
  • Tel 949 567 3500
  • Fax 949 863 0151
  • Website : www.pepperlaw.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • Suite 5000,
  • 500 Grant Street,
  • Pittsburgh,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 15219-2507
  • Tel 412 454 5000
  • Fax 412 281 0717
  • 333 Twin Dolphin Drive,
  • Suite 400,
  • Redwood City,
  • California
  • USA
  • 94065-1434
  • Tel 650.820.3600
  • Fax 650.802.3650

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Delaware

What the team is known for Broad expertise in representing both debtors and creditors. Noted expertise in Chapter 11 matters and maintains a fine track record in bankruptcy-related litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Helpful, talented, highly engaged and very professional."  

"They always have up-to-date advice on decisions and strategy." 

Work highlights Acted for cable systems company Capital Infrastructure (dba: Connexion) in an emergency Chapter 11 filing and subsequent accelerated sale.

Defended Kingston Technology in a $100 million avoidance and potential liability action.

Notable practitioners 

The eminent David Stratton is praised for his "ability to understand the nuances of business." His practical advice and excellent drafting capabilities are particularly acknowledged, as is his "high-quality work product" and awareness of the bigger picture. Recent highlights include advising Monitor Company Group in its Chapter 11 filing.

The well-respected David Fournier is highlighted for his technical proficiency, "very organized and prepared" work, and skills in court. He provided counsel for BDO Canada, in its capacity as trustee of Talon Systems, on its recent Chapter 15 petition.  

Donald Detweiler receives plaudits for his "very conscientious, very diligent and thoughtful" work. He is "very good at negotiating resolutions" and also has extensive trial experience at both state and federal levels. 

Significant clients Bayside Finance, Syntax-Brillian Liquidation Trust, M&T Bank, MF Global Holdings, Solar Trust of America Liquidation Trust.

Real Estate - Delaware

What the team is known for Is establishing an excellent reputation in the state and maintains a fine track record in commercial lending and transactional work within the real estate market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do very high-quality work." 

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Lamb is recognized for his strengths in financial lending, affordable housing matters, workouts and tax credit issues, and is especially applauded for his client care skills.

Significant clients Beneficial Bank, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, RBS Citizens, Wells Fargo.

Construction - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York.

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged for its expertise in litigating significant and complex construction disputes in the USA and abroad. Clients include owners, manufacturers, designers and contractors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extraordinary litigation skill in the courtroom. They're great at analyzing a case and setting a strategy to win. They have great litigation judgment, always keeping long-term goals in mind when implementing effective short-term tactics."

Work highlights Represented Silverstein Properties in a case relating to its reconstruction efforts at the World Trade Center site, New York, where hotel owners alleged lost bookings and revenue due to disruption caused by the building work.

Acted for Pepper Construction in prolonged arbitration with a developer concerning the conversion of the Palmolive Building, Chicago, into luxury condominiums.  

Notable practitioners

Philadelphia-based Bruce Ficken is a key contact.

Significant clients The Trump Organization, Sciame Construction, Tyco International, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bechtel Power.  

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Philadelphia and New York.

What the team is known for Identified as a key player for a number of major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. An experienced bench of practitioners characterized by a strong understanding of the medical science behind litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A preeminent product liability firm. Absolutely excellent, with groundbreaking results."

Work highlights Active in a number of roles for GlaxoSmithKline in the Avandia litigation, including national counsel and trial counsel. Plaintiffs across the USA allege the diabetes drug causes a range of medical problems.

Notable practitioners  

Nina Gussack is a major force in the pharmaceutical sector, where she represents headline clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Sources are quick to commend her abilities as an experienced strategist and a "star of the show."

Sean Fahey is praised for his "great grasp of strategy." His recent work includes leading the nationwide representation of Medtronic in litigation pertaining to the Infuse device. Commentators praise his ability to "help you manage the personalities and substantive issues" involved in disputes, noting that he "knows the plaintiffs' Bar very well."  

Significant clients Eli Lilly, Medtronic, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Experience in handling an array of matters including EEOC-launched class actions, theft of intellectual property and litigation arising from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Also recognized for handling traditional labor law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very well-rounded attorneys who properly communicate to laymen any issues as to the needs of a corporation. They're also very fair with their billing."

Work highlights Successfully represented National Distribution Centers in its claims against the seller of a West Coast trucking and distribution business. They claimed that successors, employees and affiliates of the seller had violated noncompetition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew DelDuca heads up the firm's labor and employment group and is a highly competent trial lawyer. Clients attest that "he adds great value as he always brings up a point of view or a perspective that is new and worthy of consideration. His style is intense and very client-focused."

Significant clients Princeton HealthCare System, Wawa, Wegmans Food Markets, First Choice Bank, EKR Therapeutics.

Antitrust - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Established defense practice that is especially renowned for its pharmaceutical and biotech work, including monopolization and reverse payment litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is prominent, well staffed and able to respond to virtually all requests, and their representation has been thorough and excellent."

Work highlights Represented GlaxoSmithKline in purchaser litigation, defending against allegations of antitrust law violations.

Defended IMS Health against allegations of monopolization for price-fixing.

Notable practitioners  

Peers highlight Barbara Mather as an "outstanding lawyer." She recently worked with GlaxoSmithKline on direct and indirect purchaser litigation over alleged violations of antitrust laws.

Barbara Sicalides is highly active in antitrust legal cases, with recent highlights including defending Advanced Urethane Technologies in litigation over an alleged conspiracy to fix prices. One commentator noted: "She is very smart and a quality lawyer."

Robin Sumner was part of the team that defended United Egg Producers and other clients in a number of class actions alleging anticompetitive behavior in the egg products industry. Her clients hold her in high regard for being "very thorough, insightful" and "responsive to all our requests."

Significant clients Saint-Gobain, Nippon Sheet Glass, Volvo Trucks, OSF Healthcare System, Chemtrade Logistics.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Maintains a solid reputation for its debtor restructuring and committee work. A strong focus on deal-making, acting for clients from a range of industries, including construction, energy and automotive. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know the area and provide excellent advice."

"Outstanding! We are very satisfied with the professional legal services provided."

Work highlights Acted for ExxonMobil on the reorganization plan and sale of a debtor's assets in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Represented the Chapter 11 trustee to Yorktown Funding in collecting millions of dollars through asset sales, accounts receivable and settling a number of litigation claims.

Notable practitioners  

Francis Lawall represented the Bulk Petroleum unsecured creditors' committee in reaching a significant litigation settlement. Clients assert that he "is creative and tenacious, and knows how to make the bankruptcy process work as smoothly as possible."

The "exceptionally smart" Michael Reed brings extensive experience to the practice and is highly regarded for his insolvency work with debtors, individual creditors and committees.

Significant clients EnCana, Quality Stores.

Construction - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A strong litigation practice handling a broad range of infrastructure-related matters. Regularly represents, among others, clients in the energy and natural gas industries over the construction of power plants and pipelines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at helping the client put together a strategy that will maximize our potential to be successful in litigation."

"They provide high-level expert advice on complicated construction matters. They have a lot of depth in their team."

Work highlights Acted for Utility Line Services in a case relating to alleged contractual violations regarding the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

Worked with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on a claim stemming from an alleged breach of contract over the construction of a student recreation center.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Ficken is highly praised by market observers, with one interviewee commenting that "he is intelligent in all aspects of construction law. He weighs up options before suggesting a path of attack and he analyzes the entire case before making any lasting decisions," while another adds that "he is very talented at being able to look at a situation and identify all of the relevant factors."

Ray Deluca is highly rated by market commentators, with one interviewee noting that "he has the unique combination of the working knowledge of the industry and the ability to relate on a technical basis." He regularly represents a range of clients, including architects, owners and contractors.

Ralph Finizio works out of the firm's Pittsburgh office and was part of the team that assisted Pepper Construction Company in a number of claims stemming from the building of an open-air mall in Western Pennsylvania. "He is very insightful and does a very good job at getting to the key matters very quickly," comments one client.

Michael Subak has a broad construction practice, with a particular focus on litigation. He has represented clients on a range of issues including design defects, labor inefficiency and schedule delays.

Significant clients Wohlsen Construction Company, Tony DePaul & Son, Brandywine Realty Trust, American Infrastructure, Whitemarsh Continuing Care Retirement Community. 

Corporate/M&A - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A growing corporate group, with particular emphasis on expanding its healthcare transactional group and life sciences practice. Highly regarded for private equity work and experienced in advising on corporate governance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They bring intelligence and business judgment to what they do."

Work highlights Acted for the private equity fund Littlejohn & Co in its acquisition of Howard Berger & Co.

Notable practitioners

Barry Abelson maintains an established practice in both private equity and securities transactions. He is commended for his deep knowledge of the law, with clients commenting: "He has a real depth of legal expertise and a long history of experience."

Michael Friedman is singled out for his extensive expertise in representing REITs. His clients describe him as "super-creative; he will come up with solutions from any number of angles."

Brian Katz "appreciates not only the legal solution but also the economic reality of different options," according to clients. He recently led Marsh & McLennan Agency in a series of acquisitions of insurance agencies.

Jeffrey Libson "fights very hard for his client." He heads the firm's life sciences group and has a wealth of experience representing startup companies in this area.

Christopher Miller represented QPS Holdings in its purchase of Miami Research Associates. Clients comment that he is "very pragmatic, responsive and thorough."

Significant clients Managed Health Care Associates, First Niagara Financial Group, Kenexa, Milestone Partners, Brandywine Realty Trust.

Healthcare - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Advises across the whole spectrum of healthcare issues, working closely with hospitals and healthcare systems on corporate, regulatory and structuring matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their expertise is beyond reproach; they have a such a strong team approach, are very organized and really impressed with me with their quality."

"They are very professional and responsive, with tremendous depth and resources."

Work highlights Represented Vantage Oncology in its $500 million merger with Physician Oncology Services.

Assisted Managed Health Care Associates in its $1 billion acquisition by Roper Industries.

Notable practitioners  

The "tenacious" John Jones is highly commended by clients for his ability to "approach issues from a very practical perspective." He is also highlighted as being "very intelligent and tactical," and has significant experience across a broad spread of transactional and regulatory matters.

Significant clients Atria Senior Living Group, Child Health Corporation of America, Academy for Medical Development and Collaboration, The Modern Health Companies, Reliant Pro Rehab.

Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Well-rounded department that advises clients on a broad spectrum of IP-related matters. Strong litigation and prosecution practices with proficiency across patent, trademark and copyright law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very experienced and helpful."

Work highlights Assisted CertainTeed in a patent dispute over a piping device for irrigation systems.

Notable practitioners  

Kelly Tillery has an impressive reputation among peers, who noted that "he is a top-notch litigator in the IP space." He recently represented Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in a dispute regarding a patent for HIV test technology.

Mark DeLuca has diverse industry experience, working with clients from backgrounds ranging from biotechnological to pharmaceutical. He has particular proficiency in advising companies on patent protection and strategies.

Paul Kennedy serves as chair of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice and is highly regarded for his work on both the defense and prosecution of trademarks.

Significant clients TYCO Integrated Security, AVG Technologies, Comcast, CoActive Technologies, IPC Technologies.

Labor & Employment - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Well-regarded employee benefits and executive compensation practice representing employers, boards of directors and investors. Also has extensive experience in a range of labor and employment litigation matters, including EEOC class actions and wage and hour collective actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely professional and knowledgeable, and consistently produce a quality product."

"The firm has just been incredibly supportive." 

Work highlights Worked with Albert Einstein Healthcare Network on defending against certain collective and class actions over alleged violations of the FLSA and state wage and hour claims.

Represented GameStop in a number of matters related to its executive and equity-based compensation programs.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Rudolph is held in high regard for his representation of businesses in employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He is praised by clients as being "sophisticated, diligent and detail-oriented."

Jonathan Clark recently assisted Five Below with its benefit and compensation schemes after the company's IPO. "He is not only extremely knowledgeable, but is also practical, seasoned and efficient," notes a client. 

Practice cochair David Kaplan recently represented Evercore Partners with regards to its executive and equity-based compensation programs.

Significant clients Comcast, NBCUniversal, Wawa, First Quality Enterprises, AmerisourceBergen.

Litigation - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Recognized nationally for the breadth of its litigation practice, which consists of an extensive team of distinguished trial lawyers. Highly skilled in commercial, white-collar and securities litigations, regularly representing clients in the pharmaceutical and higher education spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very clever and innovative in that they find solutions. They are extremely competent in their knowledge of the law and are always spot-on in their analysis."

Work highlights Represented Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in defending against allegations of FLSA, ERISA and RICO violations.

Worked with Tyco International on a number of matters, including antitrust, M&A and IP litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Hickok has a broad skill set, receiving particular mention for the strength of his securities and commercial litigation practices. He was head of the team that assisted Tyco International on a number of commercial, antitrust and IP litigation matters.

Barbara Mather is highly praised by her peers for her deep experience in commercial and antitrust litigation. One commentator notes: "She is a powerhouse, a very accomplished attorney."

Francis Devine has a great deal of experience representing clients from a range of different industries in commercial litigation proceedings. He has previously assisted clients on matters of insurance coverage and professional malpractice allegations.

Thomas Gallagher is described as being "very effective on behalf of his clients." He receives particular praise for his work in the healthcare space and regularly represents medical device and pharmaceutical companies on white-collar matters.

Amy Ginensky concentrates her practice on First Amendment claims, representing newspapers and other media outlets in defamation litigation, as well as counseling them on prepublication issues. 

Michael Schwartz recently worked with the School District of Philadelphia in conducting internal investigations following the indictment of the founder and principal of several charter schools. He regularly represents companies under investigation by law enforcement agencies and Congressional committees.

Joseph Crawford is described by one commentator as "a smart guy and very good on his feet." He assists clients on a range of different commercial litigation issues including breach of contract and product liability matters.

Nina Gussack comes highly recommended by her clients, one of whom enthuses: "She is amazing: we really feel we get her time, her energy and her attention," while another adds that "she has great strategic sense with a real peripheral vision of all the issues in the matter." She focuses her practice on defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in civil litigation.

Significant clients Interstate General Media, Brandywine Realty Trust, Freeh Group International Solutions, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Education.