Pepper Hamilton announced that Gary Apfel, Ted R. Gropman, Mark A. Kadzielski and Pamela S. Palmer have been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as four of the top attorneys in the state for 2015. 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 advised 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.
Mr. Gropman is a partner in the firm’s Construction Practice Group, resident in the Los Angeles office. He has devoted his practice exclusively to construction law for more than 34 years, including the representation of contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and institutional owners on both private and public works projects. Mr. Gropman also has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration of disputes involving delay and impact claims, scope of work disputes, mechanic’s liens and stop notices, bid protests and construction defects, as well as contract drafting and review. He received his B.A. from Sonoma State College and his J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was a member of the UWLA Law Review.
Mr. Kadzielski is a partner and national chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Health Care practice, resident in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Kadzielski represents hospitals, medical staffs, managed care enterprises, and institutional and individual health care providers throughout the United States. His work includes government regulatory investigations, contracting issues, credentialing, peer review, licensing, medical staff bylaws, joint commission accreditation and Medicare certification. Mr. Kadzielski is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1976) and John Carroll University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1968).
Ms. Palmer is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, resident in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices. She specializes in securities litigation, investigations and complex business disputes. Ms. Palmer represents companies, officers, directors and accounting firms in investor disputes, class actions, derivative suits, merger and acquisition litigation, fiduciary and business judgment cases, and SEC and FDIC matters. She advises boards and special committees in internal investigations involving whistleblowers, shareholder demands and auditor-initiated investigations. She also advises clients on corporate governance, disclosure, indemnification and D&O coverage. Ms. Palmer received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1982, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as a notes and articles editor for the Southern California Law Review. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Irvine in 1978.
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 http://www.superlawyers.com/ for more detail.