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Laurence Z. Shiekman

Laurence Z. Shiekman is a senior partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is an experienced complex, commercial trial lawyer who has spent a substantial amount of time on antitrust, intellectual property, securities and general commercial matters.

Mr. Shiekman has long been active in firm leadership. He currently chairs Pepper’s Finance Committee and was co-chair of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department for over three years. He also was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee for six years and chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group for more than five years.

Mr. Shiekman has litigated and tried cases for a variety of industries, including:

  • a U.K. pharmaceutical company in an arbitration arising from termination of a license agreement
  • a railroad in a jury trial seeking damages for breach of contract
  • a national tax preparer in defense of a purported class action challenging e-filing fees
  • a national tax preparer in defense of antitrust and statutory claims
  • a national homebuilder in defense of price-fixing and monopolization antitrust claims
  • a major entertainment company in connection with contractual, intellectual property and unfair competition disputes regarding a major attraction at its theme park
  • a national franchisor in defense of antitrust claims
  • a technology company in defense of defamation claims
  • the leading automotive glass manufacturer in defense of treble damage, class action litigation
  • a truck manufacturer in defense of antitrust and dealer termination claims
  • a mutual insurance company in litigation challenging its conversion to a stock company and related derivative claims
  • an Internet-based music provider in defense of patent infringement claims
  • a national credit card issuer in defense of patent infringement claims
  • a telecom equipment manufacturer in defense of patent infringement claims, including a Markman hearing
  • a biomedical manufacturing company in prosecution of patent infringement claims and expected antitrust counterclaims
  • a national pizza franchisor in a class action brought by its franchisees alleging monopolization in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and tying in violation of Section 1 of the Act
  • a railroad in defense of class action ERISA claims
  • a pharmaceutical company in defense of class action ERISA claims relating to temporary employees
  • a major automotive wholesaler in defense of a Robinson-Patman Act “mass action” by nearly 200 competitors
  • a major automobile manufacturer in defense of a distributor termination case charging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act
  • several Class I railroads against a capital equipment lessor in litigation concerning the maintenance and return condition of leased locomotives
  • a major railroad in defense of ESOP and related claims involving the sale of the company
  • a major computer maker in a series of ERISA class actions
  • a large manufacturing company in connection with claims arising from failed savings plan investments
  • a bank in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims, involving administration and investment decisions regarding welfare and pension plans
  • a national maternity retailer in defense of a securities case
  • a computer reseller in Section 10(b)5 and derivative actions, as well as in an SEC investigation
  • a “Big Six” accounting firm in defense of a securities class action
  • a major automobile manufacturer in a Section 10(b)5 action
  • a railroad in defense of a False Claims Act matter
  • a national television retailer in defense of a consumer class action
  • an industrial enterprise in a breach of cogeneration contract matter
  • a national telecommunications company in defending Lanham Act claims
  • multiple monopolization cases for a large freight railroad
  • a biomedical manufacturing company in prosecution of patent infringement claims and expected antitrust counterclaims
  • a U.K. parts manufacturer in defense of patent and monopolization claims brought by a terminated distributor
  • a telephone equipment supplier in defense of patent infringement claims, including a Markman hearing.

Mr. Shiekman’s recent speaking engagements include:

  • “Use of Social Media: A Litigation Profile,” National CLE Conference, Snowmass, CO (January 4, 2012)
  • “Winning Strategies for Antitrust Cases: Should Clients File the Same Old Motions?” Pepper Hamilton Annual Antitrust Developments Update CLE Event, Philadelphia, PA (December 8, 2011)
  • “eDiscovery & Ethics,” Pepper Hamilton Annual First Antitrust Developments Update CLE Event, Philadelphia, PA (December 8, 2010).

Mr. Shiekman has spoken at the National CLE Conference on eDiscovery and Social Media and class action litigation, both in the antitrust and ERISA areas. He also has participated in several NITA-type programs teaching trial skills to fellow attorneys and served for four years as an adjunct professor on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught trial advocacy.

Mr. Shiekman is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2014), Who’s Who in American Law (2005-2010) and is highly rated in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2005-2012), and was selected for inclusion on the 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

Mr. Shiekman joined Pepper in 1975 and became a partner in 1978. He joined the firm following a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and two years teaching law school at Florida State University College of Law.



Education
B.S.E. 1968, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
J.D. 1971, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Clerkships
1971-73 Law Clerk to Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania

Laurence Z. Shiekman
Partner
Phone: 215.981.4347
Fax: 215.981.4750
shiekmanl@pepperlaw.com
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Office(s)
Philadelphia

Practice Area(s)
Antitrust and Competition
Appellate Practice

Class Action Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Discovery Services
ERISA Litigation

Franchise, Distribution and Marketing Litigation
Health Care Services

Independent Contractor Compliance Practice
Intellectual Property Litigation

International and Domestic Arbitration
Securities Litigation

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