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Litigation: General Commercial — Eastern Pennsylvania


Ballard Spahr LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Respected practice with an experienced bench of litigators that excel in high-stakes general commercial litigation and are also sought after for their strengths in white-collar crime and securities disputes. Acts for a distinguished roster of clients across a diverse range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths One client enthuses: "We are very pleased with the work they have done. They have proven to be very nimble in navigating some difficult cases for us. They have been focused on getting their results."

"We have continued to rely on the commercial litigators at Ballard Spahr. They stay on top of things and they understand our issues," reports another satisfied client.

Value for money "They are very cost-effective," notes one client, adding: "Ballard Spahr has a really nice value proposition."

Work highlights Represented 12 cities in St. Louis County, Missouri, in a constitutional challenge to Missouri Senate Bill 5, which attempted to cap the amount that could be collected from minor traffic offenses.

Advised NASDAQ on settling 16 securities fraud and negligence class actions for $26.5 million.

Significant clients Comcast, Fidelity National Title Insurance, USA Technologies, CVI Investments, Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee.

Notable practitioners

David Pittinsky is highly experienced in both litigating and prosecuting federal securities cases, contract claims, ERISA litigation and antitrust disputes. Sources say: "He is one of the top lawyers in Philadelphia for major corporate litigation. He is a formidable presence in the courtroom, where he really commands respect."

Stephen Kastenberg has significant experience defending antitrust and corporate governance disputes and has a fine track record in class action cases. Sources praise his "very client-focused" approach, singling out his diligence, responsiveness and thoughtfulness as being among his key attributes.

The "excellent" Norman Goldberger is highly regarded for his expertise in securities litigation and is also noted for his counsel in consumer fraud class actions. "He has very good instincts, he knows the law well and he is very tenacious," reports one impressed source.

Henry Hockeimer's clients value his "great ability to interact with government agencies" and "spot-on" expertise in his white-collar crime and government investigations work. One source enthuses: "He is very practical, thoughtful and calm. He gives you an accurate read of the situation with an honest idea about what can be achieved early on, which is critical for us in making assessments."

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Blank Rome LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Established group of highly skilled litigators noted for its capabilities in major general commercial disputes. Recognized for its strengths in product liability and environmental litigation, and also regularly sought after for its adept counsel in high-stakes IP cases. A go-to practice for class action defense work and also renowned for its expertise in appellate matters.

Strengths "Everyone there was professional, personable and knowledgeable. I have no hesitation recommending them. They are my go-to firm for complex litigation," a satisfied client reports.

Another source comments: "The litigation team was excellent. Each of the lawyers brought a very interesting element to the team and they blended together well. They were great and I would highly recommend them!"

Work highlights Defended DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in regard to a series of wrongful death claims.

Acted on behalf of Guardian Protection Services, a home security company, in a nationwide class action involving 70,000 members concerning claims of alleged unfair and deceptive contract terms.

Significant clients Hotwire Communications, Sunoco, Hanover Foods, Symphony Health Solutions, MacAulay-Brown.

Notable practitioners

James Smith is an experienced practitioner noted for his counsel in IP, corporate governance and breach of contract disputes. "He is brilliant, super well-prepared and relentless," reports one impressed source, who also singles out Smith's "client-oriented" approach.

Ann Blair Laupheimer is a highly regarded practitioner with expertise litigating corporate liability and insurance coverage cases. One appreciative client comments: "She knows more about insurance than anyone I know and is extremely focused on getting the results I want. She is good at explaining insurance in a way we can understand."

Grant Palmer chairs the firm's litigation practice and maintains a fine track record in corporate and shareholder disputes. A grateful client describes him as a "a problem solver," and values Palmer's ability to "really understand how corporations operate."

Daniel Rhynhart is regarded as "an extremely capable trial lawyer" and noted for his litigation counsel to clients in the technology, financial services and real estate sectors. "He is outstanding across the board: he has an excellent courtroom and deposition presence, and he quickly masters the important technical nature of our business. He is the consummate professional," a client enthuses.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly regarded litigation team in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. Distinguished for its expertise in IP, antitrust and product liability disputes and also highly regarded for its strong white-collar practice.

Strengths "Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is one of the finest law firms I deal with," explains one client, who adds: "They have the experience, they are trial-tested and their product and services are second to none. There are a lot of attorneys who know the law. There are very few attorneys who know the law and are not afraid to be aggressive when warranted. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney can be aggressive if warranted, or use finesse to obtain the desired results."

Value for money One interviewee comments: "Their billing transparency is excellent. All invoices are detailed. The value is also fantastic."

Work highlights Represented Keurig Green Mountain in 27 class actions and two private competitor suits concerning antitrust claims regarding Keurig’s introduction of its new 2.0 brewer.

Acted for AlarMax Distributors in filing a complaint against Honeywell International regarding breach of contract.

Significant clients PNC Bank, Huntington National Bank, HCR ManorCare, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Benco Dental Supply.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent litigator" Howard Scher is an esteemed figure in the market and highly regarded for his expertise in complex antitrust disputes, and is particularly noted for his strengths in class actions. He is also routinely engaged for his expert counsel in mass tort cases.

James Becker is an experienced and highly regarded litigator recognized for his expertise in government investigations. He has substantial expertise in matters relating to antitrust and tax, and is particularly highlighted for his work in the environmental and healthcare sectors.

Thomas Bergstrom is a "very highly respected" litigator with a "tremendous reputation" in the market for his criminal defense practice. He is a seasoned trial advocate and noted for his experience in cases relating to antitrust, fraud and racketeering.

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Conrad O'Brien - Litigation

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What the team is known for Distinguished boutique with a formidable bench of experienced trial lawyers. Excels in legal malpractice cases and also noted for its assured counsel in insurance, antitrust, trade secret and employment disputes. Additionally recognized for its fine reputation in white-collar crime litigation.

Strengths "They have exquisite judgment and a very deep bench of talented litigators. They have a number of trial lawyers in the firm so you can have confidence that they know how to try a case," reports one appreciative client.

Another source comments: "They are extremely diligent and an outstanding law firm."

Work highlights Represented ScottCare Corporation against allegations of patent infringement brought by CardioNet.

Acted on behalf of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in several cases concerning a number of allegations, including against claims sexual abuse and wrongful death.

Significant clients HP, Country View Family Farms, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Transamerica, Farmers Insurance.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Nancy Gellman is highly regarded for her expertise in antitrust and insurance coverage cases, among others, and has substantial experience in class action litigation. "She is a brilliant trial lawyer with superb intellectual prowess. Her writing and critical thinking have been instrumental in all the matters we have been involved with," remarks an impressed client.

"Excellent trial lawyer" Nicholas Centrella is the first choice for a number of law firms in professional malpractice disputes. Centrella is additionally recognized for his capabilities in product liability suits and is also regularly engaged to defend religious institutions and schools on employment and sexual abuse cases.

Howard Klein is "a brilliant trial lawyer who has tried dozens and dozens of cases. He's someone you can rely on to handle things just the right way," reports one impressed source. Klein's expertise spans a broad range of disputes, including construction, product liability and medical malpractice cases.

John Guernsey is an experienced litigator noted for his representation of clients in trade secret and restrictive covenant cases and is also frequently called upon for his expert counsel in disputes relating to insurance, construction and trust and estate matters.

Firm chairman James Rohn is regarded as "one of the preeminent lawyers in the city" and is renowned for his expertise in white-collar crime and legal malpractice cases. He also has extensive experience in disputes concerning antitrust, insurance and securities issues.

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Cozen O'Connor - Litigation

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What the team is known for Talented litigation group with a reputation for excellence in insurance defense. Also noted for his adroit handling of antitrust, product liability and professional negligence cases and regularly called upon for its counsel in complex white-collar crime litigation. Acts for a diverse client base that cuts across a wide spectrum of sectors, including healthcare, energy and real estate.

Strengths A satisfied client notes: "They are good lawyers that negotiated a great result. They give practical legal advice that makes good business sense."

"It's been a pleasure to work with their litigation team. They've made my life very easy!" comments another happy client.

Work highlights Acted for 2400 Market Street VII in eviction matters against two tenants refusing to vacate the property.

Defended Marriott International against a wrongful death claim alleging negligence in anti-terrorism security, following the 2008 terrorist attack at the Islamabad Hotel in Pakistan.

Significant clients Rohm and Haas, Tyrone Jones, Del Monte, Estate of Mitch Leigh.

Notable practitioners

The "very good trial lawyer" Stephen Cozen is regarded as a "very eminent" figure in the market and praised by sources as "a very tough, tenacious and fearless litigator." He is the chair and founder of the firm and is noted for his wide-ranging experience which includes complex insurance coverage cases.

Robert Fiebach is an experienced trial lawyer who is recognized for his expertise in professional negligence cases. He is also renowned for his adept counsel in large class action disputes and appellate matters.

"Excellent attorney" William Winning is highly regarded for his strengths in government investigations and white-collar crime cases and has a wealth of experience handling trials at both federal and state level. He cochairs the criminal defense and internal investigations practice.

Commercial litigation cochair Jeff Weil draws praise for his "tremendous experience in very sophisticated cases" and is sought after for his capabilities in antitrust and product liability disputes. Sources particularly single out his practical counsel in litigation.

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Dechert LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Standout practice offering wide-ranging expertise in high-stakes commercial litigation and also highlighted for its substantial strengths in white-collar crime disputes. Highly adept in complex securities cases and also noted for its expertise in antitrust, product liability and professional negligence litigation. Additionally maintains an excellent reputation for its work in appellate matters.

Strengths "They're a fantastic team," says one impressed client, who adds: "In addition to being superb litigators with very good instincts, their writing is exceptional. I view them as strategic partners with a good sense of what best practice is. They understand where the industry is headed. They are also very, very responsive. I really view them as exceptional across the board. We always know that they'll have the capacity to meet our needs at very short notice."

Work highlights Acted for Nationwide Mutual Insurance in the post-trial motions and appeal that arose from the largest ever bad faith verdict in Pennsylvania.

Acted for Erie Indemnity in two related cases regarding improperly retained service charges. This matter is valued in excess of $308 million.

Significant clients Golden Gate National Senior Care, SEI Investment Management, OppenheimerFunds, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ocean Power Technologies.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Robert Heim maintains an excellent reputation in the market and is regarded as "one of the go-to litigators in Philadelphia." He is renowned for his commercial litigation trial experience and is a strong choice of counsel for product liability and antitrust disputes.

Clients describe Steven Feirson as "an excellent litigator" and he comes recommended for his adept representation of clients in complex commercial litigation. He is particularly highlighted for his work in securities disputes and is also sought after for his expertise in cases concerning corporate governance and shareholder disputes.

"Brilliant" and "sophisticated litigator" Steven Bizar is widely respected for his expertise in commercial litigation and is regularly called upon for his counsel in complex antitrust, trade regulation and insurance cases. He is also noted for his extensive skills in appellate matters.

"Great lawyer" Thomas Lee is an experienced litigator with substantial strength in handling white-collar crime and government investigations for healthcare and financial services clients. He is particularly well regarded for his work in False Claims Act litigation.

Michael Kichline is highly experienced in securities litigation and is frequently called upon for his strengths in class actions. He is also noted for his counsel in high-stakes M&A disputes and professional liability cases.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Offers expertise in antitrust, IP, white-collar crime and securities litigation. Also regularly called upon for its counsel in product liability and insurance disputes, and a strong choice for consumer class action defense work. Renowned for its representation of clients in the pharmaceutical, technology and telecommunications industries.

Strengths One impressed interviewee remarks: "Each of the attorneys I worked with were skilled advocates who readily worked with me to plan litigation strategy and negotiations. They were prompt, efficient, no-nonsense, thoroughly prepared and appropriately aggressive lawyers. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them."

Work highlights Defended the National Collegiate Athletic Association against a putative class action involving claims of gender discrimination and alleged violations of state and federal RICO statutes.

Successfully acted for The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US in throwing out a suit due to lack of jurisdiction.

Significant clients AT&T Mobility, Comcast, TGI Friday’s, VWR International, Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Litigation group chair Michael McTigue is a key contact.

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Duane Morris LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Broad litigation team with extensive experience representing clients in class actions before the state and federal courts. Renowned for its prowess in securities and white-collar crime cases and also noted for its strengths across IP, product liability and antitrust disputes.

Strengths "Duane Morris has large resources and handles complicated cases well," one impressed client notes.

Another satisfied client avers: "The legal work has just been fantastic and we have gotten good results in the matters we've had with them."

Work highlights Represented SAP America in defense of a $325 million damages case brought by the State Controller's Office of California regarding contract breaches.

Represented 32,000 physicians against the American Osteopathic Association in an antitrust case regarding a challenge to the association's requirement that board-certified physicians must pay membership dues to retain their board certification.

Significant clients Cellular One, Academy One, Re-Bath, Lockheed Martin, Wright Medical.

Notable practitioners

"Terrific litigator" and "fine trial lawyer" Matthew Taylor draws praise for his work in high-profile complex commercial disputes and has a wealth of experience in cases involving product liability and trade secrets issues. He chairs the firm's trial practice group.

Firm chairman and CEO John Soroko is regarded as "an excellent lawyer" with strong leadership skills. He has significant expertise in litigating securities and professional liability matters, and maintains a fine track record for his work in class actions.

The "very experienced" Michael Mustokoff is a well-regarded trial lawyer recognized for his adept counsel in complex white-collar crime cases. He is particularly noted for his expertise in RICO matters and is also highlighted for his representation of healthcare providers in criminal proceedings.

Department profile by Duane Morris LLP

Sophisticated consumers of legal services require certain qualities of their litigators. They look for depth, specific experience, geographic representation and a well-defined approach to complex matters.

Duane Morris' trial lawyers have the level of industry-specific litigation experience necessary to successfully manage large-case litigation for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.

Our clients tell us that our strength is in our know-how. Our process is to listen with an experienced ear, understand a client's business needs and objectives, and then fully evaluate appropriate strategies and combination of tactics. We employ an interdisciplinary approach – drawing on the appropriate practice group and industry-specific professionals.

Some of the industry areas we serve and litigation practices we maintain include:
• Antitrust and Competition
• Appellate Practice
• Arbitration, ADR and Mediation
• Aviation Law
• Class Action Litigation
• Commercial Litigation
• Construction
• Corporate Litigation
• Employment Litigation
• Environmental Litigation
• Financial Institution Litigation
• Franchise Litigation
• Healthcare Litigation
• Hospitality Industry Litigation
• Insurance Coverage Litigation
• Insurance Litigation
• Intellectual Property Litigation
• International Arbitration
• Probate Litigation
• Products Liability and Toxic Torts
• Professional Liability Litigation
• Risk Management
• Securities Litigation
• Surety and Fidelity Litigation
• White Collar Criminal Litigation

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Handles multidistrict litigation and class action cases involving the full breadth of business disputes. Highly regarded for its work in IP, trade secrets and professional negligence cases, and offers experienced representation to an impressive client base drawn from a diverse range of sectors, including healthcare, technology and transportation.

Notable practitioners

Abraham Reich is highly regarded litigator and is renowned for his excellent handling of a broad variety of business litigation, including antitrust, IP and trade secrets cases. He is also noted for his extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Stephanie Resnick has extensive trial experience and is particularly recognized for her capabilities in shareholder and partnership litigation and professional liability disputes. She also excels in trade secrets, IP and insurance cases and maintains a fine track record for her work in class actions.

The "terrific" Scott Vernick is highly regarded for his counsel in disputes concerning privacy and data security issues and complex IP matters. He acts for a distinguished client base of Fortune 500 corporations and is a popular choice for leading technology and life sciences companies.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller - Litigation

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What the team is known for Excellent litigation boutique firm that exhibits strength in litigating a wide variety of matters at both trial and appellate levels. Noted for its prowess in breach of contract, IP and insurance coverage cases. Also excels in professional negligence and antitrust cases.

Strengths "I need to be comfortable with both a likable personality and a professional attitude, and these guys have that," says one impressed client.

Another satisfied client simply states: "They are truly a great team."

Work highlights Represented 2,400 juvenile offenders and their families concerning a sentencing scandal, following the discovery that two judges were unlawfully receiving payoffs from the owner of two private juvenile detention facilities.

Acted for Comcast in a patent dispute against Sprint concerning infringement of telecommunication technologies.

Notable practitioners

The "very respected" Mark Alan Aronchick is noted for his excellent counsel in antitrust, employment and professional negligence cases and comes recommended for his knowledge of the healthcare and construction sectors. He chairs the firm and is also noted for his wealth of experience handling class action and appellate work.

"Smart, seasoned litigator" William Hangley is a leading practitioner in the market and is well versed in a variety of disputes, including IP, antitrust and franchise cases. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in First Amendment litigation.

The "extremely intellectually gifted" Daniel Segal is regularly sought after for his expert counsel on antitrust, IP, employment and professional misconduct cases. One appreciative client comments: "He is smart, experienced and very conscious of the advantages and disadvantages of options available to us. He dispenses thoughtful, caring advice and always holds our best interest as his primary motivation."

"Super-bright" litigator John Summers is an experienced commercial litigator and acts for an impressive roster of clients drawn from a wide variety of sectors, including manufacturing, technology and financial services. He is particularly noted for his expertise in professional negligence cases and also highlighted for his strengths in appellate matters.

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Harkins Cunningham LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Well-respected litigation boutique offering services at the trial and appellate levels. Expertise covers a wide range of commercial issues, as well as antitrust, securities and corporate governance matters.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" John Harkins maintains an excellent reputation in the market and has a wealth of experience in complex disputes and appellate matters. Sources describe him as a "great practitioner" and he is particularly noted for his substantial expertise in IP, antitrust and professional liability cases.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Market-leading group with a deep bench in commercial, securities and white-collar criminal litigation. Highly esteemed for its strengths in antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. Particularly distinguished for its representation of clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, and also sought after for its adept counsel by clients in retail, energy and manufacturing.

Strengths One client notes: "They are incredibly detail-oriented and a real strength is that they are extremely responsive, which is amazing. No matter who you work with, they always feel like they are part of the team and not just outside counsel."

"I have always been impressed with them. I respect them very much!" avers another commentator.

Work highlights Engaged by Uber Technologies against claims by the Philadelphia Taxi Association regarding unfair competition and attempted monopolization.

Represented the American Beverage Association against the city of Philadelphia over a soft drink tax.

Significant clients PepsiCo, HP, JPMorgan Chase, Teva Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen.

Notable practitioners

Gordon Cooney is enormously well respected in the market and singled out by one source as "smart, careful, diplomatic and able to solve big problems." He is head of the litigation practice and is a highly experienced commercial litigation trial lawyer, particularly noted for his capabilities in large-scale class action suits. "Gordon is super-confident, credible and likable," enthuses another impressed commentator.

Marc Sonnenfeld is a leading figure in the market recognized for his wealth of expertise in commercial and securities disputes. One client says: "He's an extremely bright lawyer with and outstanding memory. He can recall cases and facts on demand and he is a very persuasive orator. He also knows the judges and how they operate."

"Super lawyer" Eric Kraeutler is "extremely well known" for his trial experience and deep knowledge of government investigations. "I hold him in extremely high esteem," enthuses one client, who adds: "He is one of the best I have ever met. He is extremely sharp and can see nuances in matters that others can't. He also speaks in a very down-to-earth manner."

John Lavelle has extensive knowledge in product liability disputes, with notable experience acting for pharmaceutical and medical devices clients. One impressed client remarks: "He is a very strategic and sound litigator, and is thoughtful and creative in how he goes about his work."

Firm chair Jami Wintz McKeon is highlighted for her experience in high-profile business disputes, including litigation arising out of M&A and joint ventures. She is particularly noted for her work on behalf of clients in the financial services sector.

"First-class white-collar litigator" John Dodds is praised for his excellent representation of healthcare providers and medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Sources describe him as "really high-quality" and "incredibly knowledgeable."

Eric Sitarchuk comes "highly recommended" for his experience litigating white-collar crime and government investigation matters. He is an acknowledged expert on FCPA matters and is a good choice of counsel for False Claims Act litigation.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly respected practice with a deep bench of strong trial lawyers well versed in commercial, securities and white-collar crime cases. An excellent choice for First Amendment litigation, and also highly esteemed for its strengths in antitrust, insurance and product liability disputes. Additionally maintains an excellent appellate practice and is a go-to for complex class action work.

Strengths A market source comments: "They are a great firm and certainly top-shelf. They have both size and prestige."

Another commentator agrees, saying: "They are very highly regarded in Philadelphia and do a great job in litigation."

Work highlights Represented United Egg Producers, United Egg Association and United States Egg Marketers against claims of conspiring to raise egg prices unlawfully.

Defended Philadelphia Media Network against the former chair of the board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in a defamation lawsuit.

Significant clients UnitedHealth Group, Rite Aid, Unisys, PPG Industries, Baylor University.

Notable practitioners

Nina Gussack is highly regarded in the market and renowned as a "tremendous powerhouse in mass torts and product liability." She has significant experience litigating complex matters for medical device and pharmaceutical clients.

Robert Hickok is recognized as an expert litigator in both securities and commercial disputes, and is regarded as "a first-rate courtroom lawyer." He is highlighted for his adept counsel in complex antitrust cases and has a wealth of experience in high-profile class action suits. Hickok cochairs the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice.

Barbara Mather is particularly singled out for her strengths in antitrust disputes and is regarded by sources as "a very smart and strong litigator." In addition to antitrust litigation, she is also noted for her expert counsel in cases concerning corporate governance and professional malpractice.

Amy Ginensky has an excellent reputation in the market and is highly regarded by sources as a go-to attorney for defamation and First Amendment litigation. She maintains an excellent track record for her work on behalf of clients in the media space.

Joseph Crawford is described by impressed peers as "a solid lawyer with good judgment." Crawford has significant trial experience and is an excellent choice of counsel for insurance and contract breaches litigation.

"Great lawyer" Francis Devine is "very well regarded" in the market, particularly for his insurance defense work. He is also highly sought after for his skilled representation of clients in IP, product liability and professional malpractice suits.

Thomas Gallagher has a "terrific" reputation for his work in white-collar crime litigation and corporate investigations. He regularly acts for healthcare providers, as well as medical device companies and leading pharmaceutical clients. Gallagher chairs the firm's white-collar litigation and investigations practice group.

Litigation and dispute resolution group cochair Michael Schwartz is renowned for his work in white-collar crime cases and corporate investigations. He also regularly provides counsel on First Amendment issues and corporate compliance programs.

Commercial litigation cochair Jan Levine is recognized for her experience representing clients in antitrust and data breach cases. One impressed market source comments: "She is a very bright and impressive litigator. I hold her in high regard."

Department profile by Pepper Hamilton LLP

Commercial litigation has been the bedrock of Pepper Hamilton’s legal practice since the firm’s founding. Clients choose Pepper because our team is led by some of the best trial lawyers in the country. In addition to handling a wide array of breach of contract, fraud, and other general business cases, we have developed teams focused on particular types of cases or areas of litigation, including:

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • Corporate Risk Management, Stockholder Litigation and Special Committee Representation
  • Electronic Records Management and Discovery
  • ERISA and Employment Litigation
  • First Amendment and Transparency Practice
  • Professional Responsibility Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Regulatory Litigation
  • Securities and Financial Services Enforcement Group
  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation

We guide our clients through complex commercial litigations and arbitrations, from single-issue injunction cases to multimillion-dollar contract disputes. Whether it is a TRO or a mass tort, a class action or an international arbitration, Pepper has the trial experience necessary to resolve the toughest cases.



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Reed Smith LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Skilled commercial litigators based in both Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. Excels in product liability cases and is regularly called upon for its strengths in complex antitrust disputes. Highly skilled in appellate matters and also noted for its capabilities in white-collar crime litigation.

Strengths "They were instrumental in successfully resolving a dispute for us. They're absolutely top-notch," reports one grateful client.

Work highlights Represented Caesars Entertainment regarding allegations that the approximately $2 billion sale of four casinos was a fraudulent transfer.

Acted for National Penn Bancshares against breach of fiduciary duty claims related to its $1.8 billion acquisition by BB&T.

Significant clients NBN Broadcasting, The Bank of New York Mellon, Highmark, GEO, Level 3 Communications.

Notable practitioners

"Experienced trial lawyer" Carolyn Short is highlighted for her strengths in antitrust disputes and noted for her counsel in class action cases. She is also sought after for her expertise in employment litigation.

Michael Scott is an experienced litigator with a fine track record in product liability cases and is noted for his work on behalf of clients in the pharmaceuticals arena. Sources describe him as a "fine lawyer with good strategic skills."

Thomas Suddath has "a very good reputation" in the market for his strength in government investigations and white-collar crime litigation. He is particularly noted for his expertise in cases concerning False Claims Act and antikickback issues in the healthcare sector.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Strong bench of litigators experienced in commercial disputes, business torts and white-collar criminal matters. Also highlighted for its strengths in employment, IP, insurance and product liability litigation, and a strong choice of firm for clients in the education sector.

Strengths A satisfied client comments: "I have had a great experience with them. The work they did for us was great and it turned out in our favor."

"Saul Ewing handles a variety of litigation matters for us. They are excellent and I am completely satisfied with their work," says another observer.

Work highlights Represented both the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University in sexual assault suits filed by students.

Acted for Waste Management against a class action case filed by property owners and residents regarding an odor emanating from a landfill site. This matter was valued at $2 million.

Significant clients Lafayette College, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Cigna, Lockheed Martin, Assured Guaranty.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Hall is admired for his expertise representing clients in white-collar crime litigation and government investigations. One impressed client says: "He's very detailed and has so much experience that he knows what will happen; he has seen things play out over and over again. He's fantastic!"

Joseph O'Dea possesses wide-ranging experience in complex commercial litigation and is noted for his representation of clients in the defense and aerospace arenas. An appreciative client enthuses: "He knows what it takes to meet our needs. He finds a way to satisfy all sides and protect the interests of his client. There's an art form there - it's not easy to navigate those treacherous waters."

"Terrific lawyer" James Keller has significant experience defending clients in shareholder disputes and ERISA claims. He is also recognized for his representation colleges and universities and is singled out by one source as "a fabulous higher education attorney."

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Respected trial and appellate lawyers with vast experience in general commercial litigation. Highlighted for its depth of expertise in IP and antitrust cases. Particularly proficient in the healthcare, construction and financial services sectors, among others.

Strengths "The firm provides quality legal advice," says one pleased client.

Work highlights Acted for Arizin Ventures against allegations including breach of contract and negligence following seven deaths in a plane crash.

Represented Anthony Wright in successfully clearing his false charges of rape and murder. He had been wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Barnes Foundation, City of Philadelphia, Cessna Aircraft, Norfolk Southern.

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Elizabeth Ainslie is a highly experienced litigator with a "great reputation" in the market. She is particularly noted for her work on behalf of clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Dennis Suplee commands great respect in the market and is recognized for his strengths in IP disputes and litigation concerning trade regulation and antitrust matters. One peer explains: "In the courtroom, the judges and attorneys not only know and respect him but know that he has utter credibility."

David Smith is regarded by sources as "an expert in terms of strategy and litigation." Smith is experienced in providing counsel across a broad range of litigation, including real estate, bankruptcy, IP and professional liability matters.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Experienced team of litigators with significant expertise acting for clients in the finance service and healthcare sector. Frequently engaged to advise on complex insurance, IP and shareholder disputes, and is also recognized for its capabilities in contentious matters arising out of M&A.

Strengths "They are very timely, which is critical to us. They are also very good at getting to the heart of the matter and they really understand how business works. That's their real strength," explains one satisfied client.

Value for money "They provide quality legal work for a lower price," says one appreciative interviewee.

Work highlights Successfully defended Fox Chase Bancorp's board of directors against a class action attempting to impede the $244 million merger of Fox Chase and Univest.

Represented the Pennsylvania Insurance Depart against Alabama Insurance Guaranty Association, which was seeking reimbursement for a claim following the liquidation of Reliance Insurance.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, UnitedHealthcare, Aberdeen Asset Management, Citi, Triumph Group.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent litigator" Jeffrey Lutsky is praised by one impressed client, who comments: "He does a good job of putting strengths and weaknesses into context, to help me assess how to make tough decisions." Lutsky has extensive experience litigating complex commercial cases and is noted for his work in the healthcare sector.

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