Philadelphia, Pa. – July 23, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Attorney & Law Firm…

Philadelphia, Pa. – July 23, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Attorney & Law Firm News – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that two commercial litigators—Jan P. Levine, a leader in health care and related complex litigation, and Robin P. Sumner, who concentrates on antitrust and other complex commercial litigation matters—have joined the firm as partners in the Philadelphia office.

“Jan and Robin are superb litigators and an excellent fit for our commercial litigation practice,” said Robert E. Heideck, Pepper’s executive partner. “Part of our strategic initiative is to expand our commercial litigation capabilities, and these two lawyers are strong additions to the practice. We’re delighted they have chosen to join Pepper, and we look forward to working with them both.”

Ms. Levine and Ms. Sumner joined Pepper from Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, where Ms. Levine was a litigation partner and chair of that firm’s health law group. Ms. Sumner was a partner in the antitrust/competition group and the financial services and securities litigation law group.

Ms. Levine’s practice includes a wide range of commercial litigation. She advises health care entities on antitrust issues, and defends institutions and individuals against allegations of antitrust violations. Ms. Levine negotiates and litigates disputes between payors and providers, analyzes insurance coverage issues, and litigates coverage disputes. She represents clients in director and officer liability claims, in physician disciplinary and staff privileging hearings, and in peer review, contract and bylaw matters.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Levine is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association’s Antitrust and Health Law sections. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1980) and Temple University School of Law (J.D. 1985).

Ms. Sumner focuses her practice on antitrust matters and other complex civil litigation, including class actions and multi-district litigation. She also has represented health care providers in a variety of matters, including cases alleging antitrust and False Claims Act violations and insurance coverage disputes. She is a graduate of Brown University (A.B. 1992) and the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 1998).

“I am happy to be a part of Pepper’s growth,” said Ms. Sumner. “I’m pleased to be able to work on a variety of litigation matters, and I am excited to develop my practice.”

Ms. Levine added, “I look forward to expanding and strengthening long-term client relationships and fostering new ones based on the talents and capabilities of attorneys across the firm’s practices.”

So far this year, nine lateral commercial litigation partners have joined Pepper.

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’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, with more than 100 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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