Philadelphia, Pa. – November 2, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Networ…

Philadelphia, Pa. – November 2, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that April M. Byrd, a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, has joined the firm as of counsel in the Philadelphia office. She will be a member of the firm’s Health Effects Litigation Practice Group and focus on white collar and corporate investigation work.

“April is a dynamic lawyer who brings considerable experience to our white collar practice,” said Robert E. Heideck, Pepper’s executive partner. “We’re delighted to welcome her to the firm.”

Ms. Byrd has spent the last six years prosecuting cases for the United States Attorney’s offices in Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Most recently, she was Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wilmington, Delaware. She was responsible for all aspects of the federal criminal practice, including supervision of grand jury investigations, witness and target interviews, plea negotiations, trials and appeals. She prosecuted complex federal criminal cases, including those involving drugs and violent crimes, and white collar and economic crimes. She also served as the ethics advisor for the office. Earlier, she was Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Grand Jury Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Byrd is an adjunct professor in trial practice at Villanova University School of Law. She also serves as president of the board of directors of Villanova Law School’s Minority Alumni Society and chairwoman of the law school’s Minority Mentoring Committee.

Ms. Byrd is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A. cum laude in political science, 1991) and Villanova University School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude 1995).

Pepper’s Health Effects Litigation Practice Group includes 50 lawyers who counsel and defend clients in the health effects area. The groups defends claims of adverse health effects from ingestion of or exposure to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, radiation, chemicals and environmental substances; claims relating to pharmaceutical clinical trials; and claims of alleged personal injury from commercial and consumer products. Pepper has been active in the defense of this kind of litigation since the 1960s.

Pepper’s white collar practice includes white collar criminal litigation and counseling, corporate compliance programs and internal corporate investigations. The firm represents companies and individuals (including directors, officers and other professionals) designated as targets, subjects or fact witnesses in federal and state grand jury investigations and prosecutions.

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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