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Pepper Hamilton Lawyers Named to 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists


Pepper Hamilton announced that Gary Apfel, Jeffrey M. Goldman and Harry P. Weitzel have been named by Southern California Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in the state for 2012. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in California receive this honor.

Mr. Apfel and Mr. Weitzel have been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list.

Mr. Apfel is partner in charge of the Los Angeles office of Pepper Hamilton and co-chair of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Practice Group. Since the mid-1970s, Mr. Apfel has been advising numerous clients in the United States and internationally on the full range of opportunities and challenges that a company faces. His experience includes advising on compliance matters, corporate governance issues, reorganizations and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings and commercial transactions. He also advises boards of directors regarding their fiduciary duties and other responsibilities. Mr. Apfel earned his law degree in 1976 from Columbia Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 1973.

Harry P. (Hap) Weitzel is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice, resident in the firm’s Orange County Office. He concentrates his practice on civil trials and arbitrations. He has successfully represented individual, corporate and governmental clients, as plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of matters, including contract and business tort litigation, fiduciary litigation, ERISA litigation, malpractice, product liability, construction disputes, securities litigation, intellectual property disputes, employment litigation, trade secrets litigation, defamation suits, consumer class actions, franchise litigation, environmental litigation, insurance coverage disputes, real estate litigation, stock option litigation, and antitrust. Mr. Weitzel has tried cases in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations under the AAA and ICC. He has handled appeals in state and federal courts. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Texas Christian University.

Mr. Goldman has been named to the Southern California Rising Stars list.

Mr. Goldman is an associate with Pepper Hamilton, resident in the Orange County office. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, labor and employment matters (including wage and hour actions), intellectual property matters, and class actions. He has represented companies and individuals, ranging from Fortune 500 entities to small business owners. Further, Mr. Goldman has tried cases in California’s federal and state courts, including both jury and bench trials. Mr. Goldman received a B.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2001. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004.

Selection Process for Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

A statewide survey of lawyers who have been in practice for at least five years leads to the nomination of the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. Candidates are also added from searches by an attorney-led research staff for those who have attained certain honors or achievements. A research department examines the background and experience of each candidate. Point totals are calculated from the balloting and qualitative evaluation steps. Candidates are grouped according to primary area of practice. Members of a blue ribbon panel, selected from those with high point totals, review a list of candidates from their practice area. Final candidates are those with the highest point totals from each category. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less and 2) candidates for Rising Stars do not go through peer evaluation by practice area. See www.SuperLawyers.com for more detail.