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Pepper Hamilton LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 508
  • Gross Revenues: $384,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $755,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $945,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Pepper Hamilton is a Philadelphia-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Pepper Hamilton has 508 attorneys and is the 80th largest firm in the United States.  With $384,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 80th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Pepper Hamilton ranked as the 100th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, FL, MA, MI, NJ, NY, PA and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 80 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 80 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 83 1 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 45 8 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 134 3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 88 1 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 15 -14 Summer programs

In the News

Regular On-site Attendance an Essential Function of Lawyer's Job?

Sid Steinberg : The Legal Intelligencer : February 13, 2016

There are always questions about whether regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of a job under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In Fischer v. Pepper Hamilton, No. 15-02413, 2016 U.S. Dist. Lexis 10603 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 29, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that regular on-site attendance may not be essential for a project attorney hired by a law firm. The parties have since filed a joint motion to dismiss the case, putting an end to a trial that was scheduled to begin last week.

Courts Tackle Centre Co. Open Records Disputes

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : February 13, 2016

In Centre County, disagreements over open records requests have entangled county authorities, particularly the district attorney, in multiple legal battles spread across the county trial court, the intermediate state appellate courts and federal court.

Pa. Firms Adding in State, Focused Less on Corporate Hires

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 13, 2016

While most of Pennsylvania's indigenous firms have focused the majority of their lateral growth outside of the state in recent years, the start of 2016 has shown firms are interested in adding talent within the state as well.

People in the News—Feb. 12, 2016—National Court Reporters Association

: The Legal Intelligencer : February 12, 2016

The National Court Reporters Association designated Feb. 14-20 as the 2016 National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

Pepper Hamilton, Project Attorney Resolve ADA Claim

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 09, 2016

Pepper Hamilton has resolved ADA claims levied by a former project attorney who claimed the firm failed to accommodate his sleep disorder that made it difficult for him to arrive at work before 2 p.m.

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 07, 2016

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fischer v. Pepper Hamilton LLP, PICS Case No. 16-0159 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 29, 2016) Pappert, J. (36 pages).

: The Legal Intelligencer : February 06, 2016

To establish a prima facie case of failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a plaintiff must establish qualification to perform "essential functions" of the job. A genuine issue of material fact existed with respect to whether regular and predictable on-site attendance was an "essential function" of a project attorney's job, when the attorney did not meet with clients and could access materials online.

Kane's Law License Reinstatement Petition Denied

Lizzy McLellan and Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : February 05, 2016

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's petition for ­reinstatement of her law license.

Dougherty's Malpractice Case Against Pepper Reinstated

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 03, 2016

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has reinstated a legal malpractice claim by labor union leader John Dougherty against Pepper Hamilton, hinging its ruling on the unanswered question of just how public an ­inadvertently unsealed Pacer document really is.

Disclosure-Only Settlements Will Be Subject to Increasing Scrutiny

Christopher B. Chuff, Joanna J. Cline, Douglas D. Herrmann, and James H.S. Levine : Delaware Business Court Insider : February 03, 2016

The Delaware Court of Chancery's Jan. 22 opinion in , C.A. No. 10020-CB, follows the recent trend of judicial skepticism of disclosure-based settlements.

Freeh's Link to Penn State at Center of Privilege Argument

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : February 02, 2016

If the Freeh report had been issued under any other name, would it have provided a greater degree of privilege for the underlying documents?

Lawyer's ADA Claims Against Pepper Raise Hours Question

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 01, 2016

While Pepper Hamilton overcame the majority of discrimination and retaliation claims levied by a former project attorney, a federal judge said it is up to a jury to determine whether working a normal schedule is an essential job function of a contract lawyer.

The Public Interest Calendar of Events

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2016

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Bar Association is scheduled to host a Chancellor's Forum titled "Crime and Punishment: Criminal Records as a Barrier to Equality," from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th-floor conference center, Philadelphia. The event is co-presented by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bar Association's civil rights committee, delivery of legal services committee and criminal justice and public interest sections. Visit to register.

Want to Hire Smarter? Try Tougher Interviews

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 20, 2016

New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.

People in the News—Jan. 19, 2015—Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2016

Kyle W. Fox joined Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg as an associate.


: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Milbank, Katten Lose Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2016

Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kane Wants Fina Retaliation Suit Dismissed

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed a motion to dismiss the counts against her in a lawsuit brought by former OAG employees including Frank Fina and E. Marc Costanzo, arguing that they fail to state a claim of First Amendment retaliation.

A Lawyer's Plan to Save Philadelphia's Newspapers

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2016

The new quasi-nonprofit ownership structure for the Philadelphia Inquirer is the brainchild of Richard Fox, who leads the philanthropic practice at 100-lawyer Dilworth Paxson.

INADMISSIBLE: Pro Ball Players Take Swing at Al-Jazeera

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2016

Lawyers for Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard went for a double play last week in federal district court in Washington, filing libel lawsuits against Al-Jazeera America LLC. Zimmerman and Howard — starting first basemen for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively — claim a recent Al-Jazeera program falsely accused them of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Plus more in this week's column.

Stay Lifted in Spanier's Suit Against Freeh

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2016

After nearly two years on hold, former Penn State President Graham Spanier will be able to move forward with his defamation suit against Louis Freeh and his investigation group, but Spanier may not directly sue his former employer for breach of contract.

Dickstein's LA Leader Leaves Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2016

An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

What Does Ascertainability Really Mean for Class Actions?

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2016

In Pennsylvania federal court, a recent spate of decisions on whether class actions could move forward have hinged on the factor of ascertainability, which at a minimum requires a showing that prospective class members are readily identifiable.

Lawyers Had Big Hand in Las Vegas Electronics Show

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2016

As technology companies invaded Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show this week, touting the ways their new products will make users' lives easier, data privacy lawyers were helping craft the promises those companies could make about what happens to the personal data these products capture.

Labor Leader's Nixed Appeal Revived Before Full High Ct.

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2016

The state Supreme Court has relisted labor union leader John Dougherty's previously dismissed appeal in a defamation suit, ­reviving a case that has come to involve recusals, campaign donations, quorum issues and the court's new complement of justices.

Freeh Leaves Pepper Hamilton, Rejoining Freeh Sporkin

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2016

Louis J. Freeh has left Pepper Hamilton to rejoin Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, the law firm that saw all of its attorneys join Pepper Hamilton in 2012, the latter confirmed.

Penn Law's Center on Professionalism Programs Acquaint Students with the Latest Legal Tech

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : January 05, 2016

The programs are aimed to 'ensure that graduates have a mastery of executive technology.'

The Big Players in the Litigation Funding Arena

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : December 30, 2015

The six companies that are pioneering litigation funding in the U.S.

Boutique Firm Grabs and Leadership Shuffles Highlighted Big Law's Year

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 29, 2015

Pennsylvania's largest law firms were busy scooping up boutiques across the country in 2015, while out-of-state firms opened up shop in cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

K&L Gates Adds Two Before Year's End, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 28, 2015

More partner movement at K&L Gates before year's end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.