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Pepper Hamilton Lawyers Named to 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers List



Nellie Spencer
Pepper Hamilton LLP
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Los Angeles, CA – January 24, 2013 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Gary Apfel and Harry P. Weitzel have been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as two of the top attorneys in the state for 2013. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in California receive this honor.

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. Mr. Apfel’s 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, where he was a Kent Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 1973.

Harry P. (Hap) Weitzel is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, resident in the firm’s Orange County Office. Mr. Weitzel 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.

Selection Process for Super Lawyers

A statewide survey of lawyers who have been in practice for at least 5 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. See www.SuperLawyers.com for more detail.

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.