Firm Profile > Pepper Hamilton LLP > Pittsburgh, United States

Pepper Hamilton LLP
PITTSBURGH, PA 15219-4429
United States

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense Tier 2

The health sciences department at Pepper Hamilton LLP is regularly involved in product liability lawsuits and class actions. The team continues to act as national counsel to Eli Lilly in several product liability claims, including a class action in Canada alleging that the use of Prozac during pregnancy causes autism in children, and a federal MDL regarding the diabetes drug Actos. In other work, Nina Gussack and Sean Fahey are defending GlaxoSmithKline as national, trial and settlement counsel against claims alleging that diabetes medication Avandia causes heart attacks, strokes and other medical problems. The firm’s client roster also includes Medtronic, Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. Andrew Kantra is another name to note. All partners are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Pepper Hamilton LLP focuses its construction practice on contentious litigation, with a strong team of lawyers specializing in trials and dispute resolution. The team counts a number of contractors among its clients, including Bechtel, Sciame Construction and Aecom. Michael Subak chairs the group from the Philadelphia office, while Pittsburgh-based Albert Bates and Ralph Finizio are also noted.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

Michael Schwartz leads the group at Pepper Hamilton LLP, which has real expertise in the healthcare space. In one highlight, the group is defending Teva Pharmaceuticals against 11 qui tam complaints moved by the DOJ alleging illegal kickbacks. In another matter, Thomas Gallagher is representing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen, in a civil qui tam litigation pending in the District of New Jersey alleging that the client's off-label marketing of two products used to treat HIV/AIDS violated federal and state false claims statutes and the federal Anti-Kickback statute. Abigail Hazlett and Christen Tuttle are also names to note. In 2018, Miranda Hooker and Callan Stein joined the Boston team from the Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and Barrett & Singal, respectively. All the lawyers mentioned are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.

With more than 425 lawyers in 14 offices across the United States, we use the unique skills and talents of our people, the breadth of our practices, and the depth of our experience to deliver powerful solutions to clients’ legal and business issues.

The firm has grown from a two-person law office, formed in 1890 in Philadelphia, to a sophisticated, large law firm with a national and international practice. While much about Pepper Hamilton is new and different from its beginnings, it retains traditional values, passed down through the decades: respect for the rule of law, pride in an excellent work product and commitment to the client’s cause. Today, Pepper Hamilton is a diverse firm of men and women from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, united in these values.

Main areas of practice
Construction: represents contractors, public and private owners, developers, subcontractors, architects, engineers and sureties in contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation and litigation.

Corporate and securities: represents public and private companies in M&A activities, corporate governance, disclosure, securities compliance and enforcement, and other business matters; and private equity and venture funds in fund formation, investments, buy-outs and other transactions.

Corporate restructuring and bankruptcy: represents creditors, debtors, trustees, commercial lenders, examiners and other parties in insolvencies involving a wide range of industries, with particularly notable experience in the food, asbestos, energy, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and automotive industries.

Environment and energy: represents manufacturers, public and private utilities, insurance companies, renewable energy developers, trade associations, land owners, large institutional organizations, and oil and gas producers with environmental, regulatory and commercial issues.

Financial services: represents sophisticated institutional lenders and borrowers in leveraged transactions, secured financings, securitizations and litigation; and investment advisory fund formation and regulation.

Health sciences: represents clients across the health sciences spectrum, from discovery of new therapies to delivery of patient care. Key areas include pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and counseling, health care services, life sciences, intellectual property, and state Attorney General litigation.

Intellectual property: procures IP rights and resolve disputes, including patents, copyrights, trade marks, trade secret protection, unfair competition, false advertising, and defamation, publicity and privacy issues.

International: represents major national and multinational corporations, emerging businesses, foreign governments, trade associations, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Labor and employment: represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, from management counseling to complex employment litigation.

Tax: structures businesses and transactions to improve local, state, national and international tax efficiency. Assists clients with proactive tax planning, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings, reorganizations, restructurings, liquidations and structured finance vehicles.

Trial and dispute resolution: represents clients in complex contract, corporate governance, securities, ERISA and antitrust litigation, and alternative dispute resolution in single case, class action and MDL contexts.

White-collar litigation and investigations: the team includes a highly skilled group of former federal and state prosecutors and experienced corporate counsel with unparalleled expertise in white-collar defense and regulatory enforcement, corporate investigations, compliance and ethics.

Chair, executive committee: Thomas M Gallagher
Managing partner: Thomas J Cole, Jr

Other offices: Berwyn, PA, Boston, Detroit, Harrisburg, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, CA, Pittsburgh, Princeton, NJ, Rochester, NY, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, Wilmington, DE

Number of lawyers: 450
Total staff: 1,000

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction Michael P Subak
Corporate and securities Matthew M Greenberg
Corporate restructuring and bankruptcy Todd A Feinsmith
Corporate restructuring and bankruptcy David M Fournier
Employee benefits David M Kaplan
Environment and energy Todd C Fracassi
Financial services John M Ford
Financial services Henry Liu
Health sciences Rachael M Bushey
Intellectual property William D Belanger
International James D Rosener
Labor and employment Matthew V DelDuca
Real estate Matthew J Swett
Tax Joan C Arnold
Trial and dispute resolution Brian P Downey
White-collar litigation and investigations Michael A Schwartz
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Albert Bates  photo Mr Albert Bates
Mr Ralph Finizio  photo Mr Ralph Finizio
Number of Lawyers : 450
Total Staff : 1,000
Chair, Executive Committee : Thomas M Gallagher
Managing Partner : Thomas J Cole, Jr
Other Offices : Berwyn, PA
Other Offices : Boston
Other Offices : Detroit
Other Offices : Harrisburg
Other Offices : Los Angeles
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Orange County, CA
Other Offices : Pittsburgh
Other Offices : Princeton, NJ
Other Offices : Rochester, NY
Other Offices : Silicon Valley
Other Offices : Washington, DC
Other Offices : Wilmington, DE