Barry M. Abelson

Barry M. Abelson


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4282    Fax: 215.981.4750

"He is highly competent and experienced in a variety of different industries and zealously represents his clients." -- Chambers USA 2015

Barry M. Abelson is Chair Emeritus and a partner in the Commercial Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He served as chairman of Pepper’s Executive Committee, the firm’s governing body, from 1995 until 2007.

Mr. Abelson concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. He has substantial experience in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities (representing issuers, underwriters and investors) and acquisitions and dispositions of public and private companies. In addition, Mr. Abelson regularly counsels boards of directors, independent board committees and senior management of companies on strategic, governance, disclosure and transactional matters.

Active in the community, Mr. Abelson serves on the board of Operation Warm, which distributes new winter coats to needy children nationally. He is also a member of the policy board of WXPN, the member-supported public FM radio station licensed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Abelson received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 2004, in recognition of his professional achievements and his dedicated leadership and commitment to the community. He received the Blair Thompson Lifetime Venture Award from the Mid-Atlantic Capital Alliance in 2007, in recognition of his role in furthering the region’s venture capital interests.

Mr. Abelson is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Best Lawyers as the Philadelphia “Lawyer of the Year” for Corporate Governance Law (2014), Mergers and Acquisitions (2013 and 2010), Securities/Capital Markets (2011) and Corporate (2009). He is recognized as a “star performer” in corporate, M&A, private equity and securities matters in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was selected for inclusion on the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1971, Served on the Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Sociology, Dartmouth College, 1968

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas