Pepper Hamilton Grows Revenue 5.4 Percent

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Pepper Hamilton saw its revenue jump by 5.4 percent in 2013, despite what CEO Scott Green characterized as an "investment year" for the firm. The firm's revenue grew from about $354.5 million in 2012 to $373.5 million in 2013.

Green said that growth was largely attributable to the firm's white-collar litigation and investigations group, which doubled its revenue in 2013.

Pepper Hamilton has been focused on growing that practice over the past few years.

The firm acquired former FBI Director Louis Freeh's law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, and his consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions LLC, in 2012.

Freeh is now chairman of the firm.

In February of last year, the firm hired two white-collar attorneys from Ballard Spahr. Gina Maisto Smith, who spent a good chunk of her time at Ballard Spahr representing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in its review of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, and Leslie Marie Gomez both joined the firm's Philadelphia office as partners.

Green said the firm's white-collar practice was particularly busy in 2013 investigating the claims administration in BP's settlement with victims of the Gulf oil spill.

A federal judge appointed Freeh to head up that probe last July.

Green said the firm's health effects litigation and intellectual property litigation practices were both busy in 2013 as well.

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