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Pepper Hamilton Top Ranked in 2012 Edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business


Philadelphia, Pa. – June 11, 2012 – Seven practice areas and 37 lawyers from Pepper Hamilton LLP have been recognized by Chambers USA as leaders in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Rankings are based on interviews with lawyers and clients, and other independent research.

Pepper Hamilton is ranked as one of only three law firms in the top tier (or “Band 1”) of Pennsylvania firms in general commercial litigation.

Pepper’s Health Effects Litigation Practice Group, its leader Nina M. Gussack and partner Sean P. Fahey, received national rankings and are listed among the top products liability firms and lawyers in the country. Ms. Gussack also is ranked in the top tier of lawyers for general commercial litigation in Pennsylvania.

Other practice areas in which Pepper is positively acknowledged by Chambers include antitrust; corporate/mergers & acquisitions and private equity; intellectual property; labor & employment (all in Pennsylvania); and bankruptcy/restructuring (in Pennsylvania and Delaware).

Two partners have been named “star individuals”: Barry M. Abelson for corporate/M&A in both private equity and securities in Pennsylvania, and Barbara W. Mather for antitrust in Pennsylvania. The star individual designation is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Ms. Mather also is ranked in the top tier of lawyers for general commercial litigation in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Gregory J. Nowak is ranked nationally in investment funds: hedge funds.

Thirty-two other Pepper Hamilton lawyers are profiled as leaders in their practice areas in the 2012 directory. They are: Leon R. Barson (bankruptcy/restructuring, Pennsylvania); John W. Carroll (environment, Pennsylvania); Jonathan A. Clark (labor & employment: benefits & compensation, Pennsylvania); Deborah F. Cohen (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); Joseph C. Crawford (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); Matthew V. DelDuca (labor and employment, New Jersey); Mark DeLuca (intellectual property, Pennsylvania); Donald J. Detweiler (bankruptcy/restructuring, Delaware); Francis P. Devine, III (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); David M. Fournier (bankruptcy/restructuring, Delaware); Michael H. Friedman (corporate/M&A: securities, Pennsylvania); Thomas M. Gallagher (litigation: white-collar crime, Pennsylvania); Amy B. Ginensky (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); Robert L. Hickok (general commercial litigation and securities litigation, Pennsylvania); Jonathan Kane (labor and employment, Pennsylvania); David M. Kaplan (labor & employment: benefits & compensation, Pennsylvania); Brian M. Katz (corporate/M&A: securities); Paul J. Kennedy (intellectual property, Pennsylvania); Christopher J. Lamb (real estate, Delaware); Francis J. Lawall (bankruptcy/restructuring, Pennsylvania); Jeffrey P. Libson (corporate/M&A and private equity, Pennsylvania); Jane C. Luxton (environment, District of Columbia); Christopher S. Miller (corporate/M&A and private equity, Pennsylvania); Michael H. Reed (bankruptcy/restructuring, Pennsylvania); Andrew J. Rudolph (labor & employment: benefits & compensation, Pennsylvania); Ira M. Schulman (construction, New York); Laurence Z. Shiekman (antitrust, Pennsylvania); Barbara T. Sicalides (antitrust, Pennsylvania); David B. Stratton (bankruptcy/restructuring, Delaware); Robin P. Sumner (antitrust, Pennsylvania); M. Kelly Tillery (intellectual property, Pennsylvania); and William J. Walsh (environment, District of Columbia).

About Chambers

Chambers and Partners have been publishing their guides to the legal profession since 1990, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. The guides are designed to reflect market opinion, ranking lawyers, law firms and practice areas based on their reputation among peers and clients. They are not paid listings. Not all practice areas are ranked in all U.S. states. To compile the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, researchers conducted thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients throughout the United States over a period of six months. Qualities assessed included technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities valued by clients. Complete information is available on the Chambers Web site at www.chambersandpartners.com.