Eleven practice areas and 43 lawyers from Pepper Hamilton have been recognized by Chambers & Partners as leaders in the 2017 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 and partners Sean P. Fahey and Nina M. Gussack received national rankings and are listed among the top product liability firms and lawyers in the country. Gussack is ranked in the top tier (“Band 1”) nationwide and she and Fahey are featured in a spotlight table. Gussack also is ranked in the top tier of lawyers for general commercial litigation in Pennsylvania.
The firm’s Construction Practice Group is nationally ranked and the group and is one of only two firms ranked in Band 1 in Pennsylvania.
Pepper Hamilton is one of only three law firms in Band 1 for both general commercial litigation and tax in Pennsylvania.
Other practice areas in which Pepper is positively acknowledged by Chambers include antitrust; bankruptcy/restructuring; corporate/mergers & acquisitions and private equity; government contracts; intellectual property; labor & employment; and real estate.
Two partners have been named “star individuals”: Barry M. Abelson for corporate/M&A & private equity in Pennsylvania and Barbara W. Mather for antitrust in Pennsylvania. The star individual designation is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Abelson is ranked in Band 1 in Pennsylvania for corporate/M&A: securities and general commercial litigation.
Other Pepper Hamilton lawyers recognized in the 2017 guide are: Joan C. Arnold (tax, Pennsylvania); Gene T. Barton, Jr. (corporate/M&A, Massachusetts); Albert Bates, Jr. (construction, Pennsylvania); Hilary S. Cairnie (government contracts, Nationwide); John W. Carroll (environment, Pennsylvania); Joseph C. Crawford (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); Donald J. Detweiler (bankruptcy/restructuring, Delaware); Francis P. Devine, III (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); Kelley P. Doran (government contracts, Nationwide ); Bruce K. Fenton (corporate/M&A, Pennsylvania); Ralph A. Finizio (construction, 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); Howard S. Goldberg (tax, Pennsylvania); Matthew M. Greenberg (corporate/M&A, Delaware); Ted R. Gropman (construction, California); Marion T. Hack (construction, California); Robert L. Hickok (general commercial litigation and securities litigation, Pennsylvania); Henry J. Jaffe (bankruptcy/restructuring, Delaware); John W. Jones (health care, Pennsylvania); Mark A. Kadzielski (health care, California); David M. Kaplan (labor & employment: benefits & compensation, Pennsylvania); Brian M. Katz (corporate/M&A: securities, Pennsylvania); Paul J. Kennedy (intellectual property, Pennsylvania); Christopher J. Lamb (real estate, Delaware); Francis J. Lawall (bankruptcy/restructuring, Pennsylvania); Jan P. Levine (general commercial litigation, Pennsylvania); Christopher S. Miller (corporate/M&A and private equity, Pennsylvania); Raymond A. Miller (intellectual property, Pennsylvania); Ira M. Schulman (construction, New York); Michael A. Schwartz (litigation: white collar crime, Pennsylvania); Barbara T. Sicalides (antitrust, Pennsylvania); David B. Stratton (bankruptcy/restructuring, Delaware); Michael P. Subak (construction, Pennsylvania); Robin P. Sumner (antitrust, Pennsylvania); Matthew J. Swett (real estate, Pennsylvania); and M. Kelly Tillery (intellectual property, Pennsylvania).
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 2017 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.