Philadelphia, Pa. – March 2, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -…

Philadelphia, Pa. – March 2, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Thomas J. Cole, Jr. and Bruce K. Fenton, partners in the Philadelphia office, and Michael B. Staebler, a partner in the Detroit office, have been elected to the Executive Committee, the law firm’s governing body. Julia D.
Corelli, a partner in the Philadelphia office, was re-elected to the Executive Committee.

Mr. Cole is a member of Pepper’s Labor and Employment Group and chairman of the firm’s Associates Committee. He represents management in all manner of labor and employment matters. He defends employers against claims of employment discrimination and regularly counsels employers concerning employment policies and contracts as well wage and hour issues. He also helps employers deal with union organizational campaigns and issues related to collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Fenton is in Pepper’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group and serves as secretary of the Pepper partnership. He concentrates in private equity transactions, and his practice includes mergers and acquisitions and the related financing, as well as securities and general corporate counseling, both domestically and internationally. He also structures and documents limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures.

Mr. Staebler is a corporate lawyer, head of Pepper’s SBIC practice and co-chair of the firm’s investment funds practice. He concentrates in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital, real estate, and forming and advising SBICs. He represents private and public businesses in the entire range of corporate matters, including their acquisition and sale, issuance of securities, corporate finance and contract negotiations.
He is particularly experienced in the formation, management and operation of venture capital firms.

Ms. Corelli is a corporate lawyer and co-chair of Pepper’s investment funds practice. She concentrates her practice in private investment fund formation, private equity investment transactions, venture capital investments, acquisitions and dispositions of business enterprises, joint ventures, and corporate/shareholder and partner/partner dealings. She also is experienced in matters of investment fund principal compensation and planning.

Also serving on Pepper’s Executive Committee are partners Barry M. Abelson (a corporate lawyer and chairman of the Executive Committee), Joseph V. Del Raso (a corporate lawyer and head of the firm’s investment management practice), Charles M. Greenberg (a corporate lawyer and head of the firm’s sports practice), Robert E. Heideck (a construction litigator and the firm’s executive partner), Robert L. Hickok (a commercial litigator and the firm’s chief strategy officer), George A. Lehner (co-chairman of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and vice chairman of the Executive Committee), James D. Rosener (a corporate lawyer and head of the firm’s international practice) and David B. Stratton (a bankruptcy lawyer and the partner in charge of the firm’s Wilmington office).

Pepper Hamilton LLP ( is a multi-practice law firm with 400 lawyers in six 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.

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