LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – New York, NY – July 30, 2007 – Pepper H…

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – New York, NY – July 30, 2007 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that it has expanded its New York corporate & securities and tax practices with the addition of partners Mitchell S. Ames and James H. Stevralia.

Mr. Ames and Mr. Stevralia join Pepper’s rapidly expanding New York office from Hogan & Hartson LLP in New York, where both were partners. They add depth and breadth to the office’s full range of corporate, finance, securities, securitization and business transaction services.

Mr. Ames, who joins Pepper’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group, has been involved in many of the highest profile business and reorganization transactions of the past 10 years, and has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading media transactional lawyer. He has extensive experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, joint venture formation, public and private capital raising, restructurings and intellectual property licensing.

Mr. Stevralia, who joins the firm’s Tax Practice Group, assists U.S. businesses of major international listed companies and domestic entities with mergers and acquisitions, new venture structuring, and the effective utilization of tax losses and credits. He also assists clients in federal and state tax audits, state tax board hearings, federal appeals and Tax Court litigation.

“Mitchell and Jim often work together on mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions,” said James D. Rosener, the partner in charge of Pepper’s New York office. “Together, they have developed a broad client following drawn to their ability to provide focused legal solutions to business issues. They’re an excellent fit for the New York office – and for Pepper – and we’re pleased they have chosen to join us.”

Their addition further expands Pepper’s media and communications practice led by Amy B. Ginensky, whose media practice focuses on First Amendment, defamation and other media-related litigation.

“Working together as a team is very important to us and to our clients,” said Mr. Ames. “We’re delighted that Pepper offers us a way to continue that partnership while expanding our practice on a well-developed platform of sophisticated clients and superior business transaction expertise.”

“Both the corporate and securities and the tax practice groups at Pepper are strong, international practices,” added Mr. Stevralia. “That strength and experience will help us serve our existing clients better and help our collective clients achieve their business objectives.”

Mr. Ames is a graduate of New York University School of Law (J.D. 1987). Mr. Stevralia received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1975) and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1979.

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP ( is a multi-practice law firm with more than 450 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.

Pepper expanded its New York office and moved to a new address in Manhattan in October 2006. Lawyers in the office assist clients with corporate matters, private equity, financial services and investment management, tax, international transactions and dispute resolution, commercial and pharmaceutical litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, and corporate restructuring and bankruptcy.

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