US Law Firm Pepper Hamilton Names New Chairman of White Collar & Corporate Investigations Practice Group

Philadelphia, Pa. (Lawfuel) – May 8, 2008 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Thomas M. Gallagher, a partner and former federal prosecutor, has been named chairman of the firm’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice Group. The group assists clients in the areas of white collar criminal defense and counseling, corporate investigations and corporate compliance programs.

“Clients are facing increased scrutiny from federal and state prosecutors and regulatory agencies regarding all types of corporate conduct,” said Nina M. Gussack, chairwoman of Pepper Hamilton’s Executive Committee. “We have responded by expanding and refining this practice to better serve the firm’s clients. Tom Gallagher, with his years of experience prosecuting corporate fraud and, now, defending clients accused of the same kinds of offenses, is a natural leader for the group.”

Mr. Gallagher is a former prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has led the investigation and prosecution of numerous complex, multi-defendant white collar criminal matters in a number of industries, including health care, insurance, financial services and defense.

Mr. Gallagher currently represents clients in white collar criminal matters, corporate investigations and complex civil litigation. His practice is focused primarily in the health care industry, and he represents pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, hospitals and individuals. He also represents businesses and individuals facing investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities, government regulatory agencies and congressional committees.

The white collar and corporate investigations group Mr. Gallagher is leading comprises an interdisciplinary team of 40 lawyers with significant government investigations and trial experience. The group includes former federal and state prosecutors and former Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority enforcement lawyers. They work seamlessly to represent clients facing criminal or civil investigations, regulatory enforcement and civil litigation, which often proceed on parallel tracks. Areas in which they have particular experience include health care, pharmaceuticals, medical device, securities, government procurement, antitrust, corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental, and criminal tax.

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