At a Glance
“Substantive work opportunities and responsibility are given very early on.”
“Almost everyone here is genuinely nice and a pleasure to work with.”
“Transparency issues around partnership.”
“Workflow can be uneven.”
About Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pepper Hamilton was founded more than 125 years ago in the City of Brotherly Love, where it strictly remained for 80 years. In 1969, it opened its first offices outside of Philadelphia in Washington, DC, and Harrisburg, PA. While it still maintains an East Coast presence, the firm has grown to more than 400 attorneys in 14 offices across the U.S.
Spreading the Brotherly Love
Pepper Hamilton traces its roots back to 1890, when George Wharton Pepper and Bayard Henry opened a two-man shop in Philadelphia. Pepper—who also served in the U.S. Senate and worked as a law professor at Penn—was a regular before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known in particular for his argument in United States v. Butler. In 1955, Pepper retired and John Hamilton took over as chairman.
In the second half of the 20th century, the firm began branching out from its Philadelphia roots, establishing offices around the U.S.—a steady expansion that has included some mergers and continued through 2019. In 1998, the firm adopted the moniker we know today: Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Constructed for Greatness
Pepper Hamilton focuses its practice on six major areas: business services, government regulation, health sciences, IP, international, and litigation. Its industry experience is divergent, with its attorneys working in everything from cannabis and construction to financial services and health sciences to technology and more.
The firm is well known for its work in the construction arena, both domestic and international. Its lawyers have extensive experience in handling construction litigation but also work on transactional matters, including contract negotiations. Among the firm’s notable projects are the multibillion Tappan Zee Bridge project, NYC’s Second Avenue Subway project, and a $2 billion hydroelectric plant in Chile. The firm’s lawyers also share insights in the area via the firm’s blog: constructionlaw.com.
Pepper Hamilton is also home to a bustling corporate and securities practice—with close to 100 lawyers—which closes dozens (and dozens) of deals each year. Through its Pepper SEED™ Program, the firm works with startups as they launch their businesses, offering legal counseling and access to basic legal documents, as well as mentoring on board development, business plan development, and investor relations. The program offers participants an alternative fee structure.
Pepper Hamilton’s recently formed interdisciplinary Health Sciences Department is a dynamic practice at the firm. With more than 100 lawyers, it is the largest department in the firm. The department is led by Rachael Bushey and combines several practices (litigation, transactions and intellectual property) to serve clients’ cross-disciplinary needs.
Choose Your Path
At Pepper Hamilton, training is tailored to the associate. Associates are assigned to learning paths, which are based on level and practice group. Trainings, of course, cover legal knowledge and skills but also go beyond to enhance associates’ client management, communication, interpersonal, and project management skills, as well as inform them about law firm economics and management.
News & Awards
Pepper opened its 14th office when 24 health sciences and IP professionals from LeClairRyan’s Rochester, NY office moved to Pepper.
Pepper’s corporate practice advised on more than 90 deals in 2018, with combined transaction values exceeding $10.5 billion, including cross-border deals in the U.K., Canada, and Turkey. The firm closed out the year strong, with Q4 bringing the highest number of deals and the highest total dollar value.
Pepper was honored at the HIAS Pennsylvania 2018 Annual Meeting for making a difference in the lives of refugees and immigrants. Pepper attorneys Andrew Rogoff, Anthony Vale, Cassandre Juste, and Michael DePrince were recognized for their pro bono work to assist individuals applying for asylum in the United States, including winning an important Third Circuit ruling holding that a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act that strips the federal courts from reviewing removal orders is unconstitutional as it applies to those with certain immigrant statuses, and granting injunctive relief to a class of immigrant children threatened with expedited removal.
As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion, Pepper signed on to the Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 2.0 initiative, which measures whether law firms affirmatively consider women and diverse lawyers for promotions, senior-level hiring, and significant leadership roles in the firm. If the firm continues to meet the requirements for successfully piloting the initiative, it will become “Mansfield Certified” and will be authorized to market the firm as such to clients and potential recruits and can send recently promoted diverse partners to a two-day client forum.
- Counsel for the White House Correspondents Association in CNN v. Trump, which overturned the suspension of the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
- Counsel to Strabag SpA in connection with the Alto Maipo hydroelectric power project in Chile; shortlisted by Latin Lawyer for Deal of the Year.
- Counsel to Fraunhofer USA Inc. in defeating a biotech firm’s lawsuit seeking $100 million in losses and triple damages for fraudulent use and theft of intellectual property.
- Co-counsel to the NFL in the concussion litigation involving current and former players.
- Construction Firm of the Year, 2018 (Chambers USA)
- Client Service All-Star 2019 – Partner Solomon Hunter (BTI)
- The firm ranked nationally for product liability, and Nina Gussack, Of Counsel, was named “litigation star” nationally by Benchmark Litigation in 2019
- 2018 Healthcare M&A Law Firm of the Year (M&A Atlas Awards)
- 2018 Health Law Top 10 List (American Bar Association)
3000 Two Logan Square
Eighteenth & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 981-4000
Managing Partner: Thomas J. Cole, Jr.
Recruiting Chair: Daniel J. Boland
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500
Berwyn; Philadelphia; Princeton; Wilmington
1st year: $175,000
Summer associate (2L): $3,365/week Boston; LA; NY; Orange County; Silicon Valley; Washington, DC
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate (2L): $3,500/week Rochester
1st year: $110,000
Summer associate (2L): $2,115/week
Summer Associate Offers:
14 out of 15 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
19 total (15 2Ls, 4 1Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
Silicon Valley, CA
Corporate and Securities (M&A, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Public Company Compliance, Venture Capital, etc.)
Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Tax and Estates
Health Sciences Department
Intellectual Property Department
Trial & Dispute Resolution
Environmental and Energy
Labor & Employment
White Collar Litigation & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.