Philadelphia, PA – April 18, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Network -…

Philadelphia, PA – April 18, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Network – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Marshall J. Walthew, an experienced commercial litigator with particular experience in the defense of insurance bad faith actions and complex coverage disputes, has joined Pepper’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group as a partner in the Philadelphia office.

“Marshall’s considerable trial skills and experience serving the insurance industry are excellent complements to our commercial litigation practice,” said Robert E. Heideck, Pepper’s executive partner. “His background in litigating fraud and other complex commercial cases will be an invaluable asset, and we’re pleased he has chosen to join Pepper.”

Mr. Walthew joins Pepper from Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, where he was a partner in that firm’s trial group and where he had practiced since 1989. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including the high-end defense of insurers in bad faith and extra-contractual policy damages claims. He has represented insurance companies in cases arising out of casualty, life, disability, and directors and officers liability policies. He also has substantial experience handling bankruptcy, real estate, fraud and corporate litigation.

“I look forward to everything Pepper has to offer,” said Mr. Walthew. “Pepper’s commercial litigation practice is one of the finest in the country, and I am excited to join it. My clients and I will integrate well into the firm, and I hope to assist existing firm clients as well.”

Mr. Walthew is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A. 1977) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1988). After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Walthew is a member of the board of directors of the Haverford College Arboretum Association.

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP ( is a multi-practice law firm with 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’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, with more than 90 lawyers, has experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Lawyers in the group handle complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, ranging from single-issue injunction cases to multi-million dollar contract disputes. The practice includes antitrust and competition litigation, business litigation, class actions, securities and shareholder litigation, media litigation, ERISA and pension litigation, and corporate compliance, corporate investigations and criminal defense.

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