James D. Epstein

James D. Epstein


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4368    Fax: 215.981.4750


James D. Epstein is a partner in the Commercial Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Epstein counsels clients with respect to the full spectrum of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other financing transactions, corporate carve-outs, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganizations, with a particular emphasis on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Mr. Epstein has significant experience with businesses in several industry sectors, including business, health care and financial services, automotive assembly and supply, industrial and distribution.

Mr. Epstein has served as a panelist on several occasions, including most recently at the 2015 Annual New York M&A/Private Equity forum, as well as conferences sponsored by American Lawyer Media (cross-border acquisitions), The Deal (middle market mergers and acquisitions), The Capital Roundtable (trends and techniques for investing in health care services companies), Wharton Private Equity (Leveraged Buy Out Strategies and Deal Structures) and the Financial Executive’s Institute (Going Private Transactions). He also has lectured on mergers and acquisitions for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program and the National Business Institute.

Mr. Epstein is the co-author of “Considerations for Investing in Troubled Leveraged Buy Outs,” published by Business One Irwin in Workouts & Turnarounds, The Handbook of Restructuring and Investing in Distressed Companies, and has authored several articles, including an analysis of the Delaware Chancery Court opinion in Hexion v. Hunstman.

Mr. Epstein currently serves on the firm’s Finance Committee and Diversity Committee. He previously served on the firm’s Partner Compensation Committee, its Hiring Committee and its Associate Development Committee.


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1983
  • A.B., University of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • A.M., University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Practice Areas