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Commercial Litigation

Practice Leaders: Matthew H. Adler and Jan P. Levine

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 practice is led by some of the best trial lawyers in the country, who carefully train our associates and junior partners in the skills needed for success in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Clients choose Pepper because our Commercial Litigation Practice Group is more than 100 lawyers strong, with deep experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Clients choose Pepper because we’ve been trusted to resolve tough cases for some of the biggest and best companies in the nation. Clients choose Pepper because we offer unparalleled client service, as exemplified by our vision statement: We counsel each client as if it were our only client.®

Who We Are

Any litigation practice is only as good as its trial lawyers. Pepper’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group has some of the best in the business. Our senior leaders train our young lawyers in the strategic and tactical aspects of trial practice. They encourage passion, energy and a work ethic that has sustained Pepper Hamilton’s reputation for excellence in commercial litigation.

We maintain our edge and our “trial ready” philosophy by hiring the best and brightest from leading law schools, and putting them under the careful tutelage of senior lawyers with decades of first-chair trial experience. The firm’s commercial litigation practice is ranked as one of the three best in Pennsylvania in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which ranks firms based on client interviews and independent research. Our lawyers and our firm are consistently highly rated by Martindale-Hubble, Best Lawyers in America and other leading publications.

What We Do

Single-issue injunctions and TROs. Sophisticated business disputes and complex "mass" torts. Class actions and MDL. International arbitrations. You name it, we do it, every day.

We don't "manage" litigation. We try cases. Sure, most cases don't go to trial. But even if a case ends with a negotiated settlement, or goes to mediation or arbitration, the best results are almost always the result of the client and the lawyer working from the start under the assumption that the case will go to trial.

Such experience and attitude benefits you in many ways:

  • Better results. Preparation counts – in and out of the courtroom. We are adept at responding to emergencies such as preliminary injunctions, and we are capable of taking over a case handled by another firm on the eve of trial.
  • Sound business decisions. The decision to settle or go to verdict is a tough call – often one of the most difficult decisions a company can make. It’s about what’s best for the company and the motivations and desired outcomes of all parties involved. Through our experience with hundreds of high-stakes, “bet the company” cases, we can better explain options for resolution, conduct a thorough and objective risk analysis, and help clients reach the best decision for their business.
  • Improved settlement negotiations. Our experience and success – as well as our determined advocacy of and preparation for our client’s case from start to finish – is well-known to opposing counsel. Our tactics help to resolve cases faster and at less cost than wasted motions and heated rhetoric.
  • Efficiency. Staffing each case with the right people – those experienced in your particular issue – saves time and money. We also focus on pre-trial strategies that are most likely to resolve matters in your favor before trial, or reduce the issues we take to trial.

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Pepper's commercial litigation attorneys work closely with their peers in other practice groups. Other litigation-related practices include:

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