About Our Contributors

Stefanie Brennan photoStefanie L. Brennan
Ms. Brennan is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Ms. Brennan concentrates her practice on commercial real estate and land use matters. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. She is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate.

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John Carroll photoJohn W. Carroll
Mr. Carroll is a partner in the Harrisburg office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and chairman of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Carroll joined Pepper in September 1987, after serving three years as chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER). His current environmental practice involves litigation, counseling, transactional representation and government relations.

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Min Choi photoMin Choi
Mr. Choi is an associate in the Washington office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, securities enforcement and litigation, and white collar investigations.

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Robert Y. Chow
Mr. Chow is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. Mr. Chow specializes in providing practical legal advice to entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and venture investors. He advises companies at all stages of development, including, formation and governance issues, equity and compensation matters, venture capital financings, technology licensing, securities law and other regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Photo of DavisMelissa H. Davis
Ms. Davis is an associate in Pepper Hamilton’s Boston office.  She has extensive litigation experience in civil, white collar and securities matters.  She also served as Associate Legal Counsel in the Office of Governor Mitt Romney, and served as his Energy and Environment Policy Director during his presidential campaign.

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Mark DeLuca photoMark DeLuca
Mr. DeLuca is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Berwyn office. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. DeLuca concentrates his practice in all areas of intellectual property, including patent procurement, infringement and validity studies, licensing and intellectual property management. He counsels large pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, universities and nonprofit institutions in the areas of patent protection, the development of global patent strategies, technology transfer matters, and intellectual property portfolio management and analysis. He also counsels software and other technology companies in the area of standards licensing.

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Tom Dwyer photoThomas P. Dwyer
Mr. Dwyer is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Mr. Dwyer’s practice focuses on advising and executing mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. He also serves as outside general counsel to a number of emerging, middle market and public companies who rely on his advice regarding general corporate matters, and for which he coordinates additional firm resources in areas including intellectual property, regulatory matters, litigation, tax and government relations. Mr. Dwyer actively advises and assists clients in achieving their legal and business goals, including making appropriate introductions to potential financing sources, accountants, investment bankers, consultants and potential key employees. Mr. Dwyer also is a member of the steering committee of Pepper’s Emerging Business Group and co-chair of Pepper’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.

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Photo of FracassiTodd C. Fracassi
Mr. Fracassi is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Fracassi is engaged primarily in matters of environmental litigation and regulatory affairs, and corporate environmental counseling.

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Robert Gallagher photoRobert A. Gallagher
Mr. Gallagher is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. Mr. Gallagher concentrates his practice in commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction-related claims.

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Joyce K. HackenbrachJoyce K. Hackenbrach
Ms. Hackenbrach is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and, since 1986, has concentrated her practice in matters relating to the design, construction and renovation of commercial and industrial facilities. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.

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Photo of HardingVicki R. Harding
Ms. Harding is a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Ms. Harding handles commercial transactions with an emphasis on real estate and bankruptcy issues. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.

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Andrea Hayden photoAndrea E. Hayden
Ms. Hayden is an associate in the Environmental Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. Ms. Hayden represents clients with respect to compliance and remediation obligations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, and various other environmental statues. She is a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

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Tucker R. Hull
Mr. Hull is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Harrisburg office. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. Mr. Hull represents businesses and business owners in litigating and resolving disputes in both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.

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Lance S. Jacobs
Mr. Jacobs is of counsel with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Jacobs focuses his practice on state and local tax matters, with an emphasis on state and local tax planning, controversies and audit defense.

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Photo of JosephKenneth Joseph
Joseph is of counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Pittsburgh office. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Joseph devotes his practice to real estate, including acquisition, development, leasing, real estate secured lending, land use and most other aspects of real estate law. His clients include real estate developers, owners, investors, lenders, managers and tenants.

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Kurt A. Kissling photoKurt A. Kissling
Mr. Kissling is of counsel in the Environmental Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Kissling focuses his practice on environmental law and specializes in addressing issues under the Clean Air Act and its state/local counterparts. As an attorney with degrees in civil engineering, chemistry, and environmental law, he counsels regional and national clients regarding regulatory compliance, defends them in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings, assists with shaping and challenging regulatory changes, and represents them in environmental litigation.

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Robert T. Leahy
Mr. Leahy is an associate in the Government Contracts Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. His practice involves bid protests and disputes litigation. He has represented clients before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Leahy also represents clients in government investigations and regulatory compliance matters.

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Thomas M. Letizia photoThomas M. Letizia
Mr. Letizia is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Princeton office. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Letizia represents local, regional and national developers, general businesses, retail companies and educational institutions in all aspects of real estate transactions and development involving major retail centers, office complexes, industrial facilities, residential developments, hotels, schools and renewable energy projects such as solar energy systems.

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Hannah Dowd McPhelin photoHannah Dowd McPhelin
Ms. McPhelin is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Ms. McPhelin concentrates her practice in real estate matters and other business transactions, including the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate properties and leasing of office, retail, warehouse and industrial space, representing both landlords and tenants. She is a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.

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James Pfeifer photoJames W. Pfeifer
Mr. Pfeifer is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. Mr. Pfeifer concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on natural resources litigation and matters arising under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

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Todd B. Reinstein photoTodd B. Reinstein
Mr. Reinstein is a tax partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Reinstein focuses his practice in three areas of tax law. The first area is advising clients on federal corporate tax law including the overall structuring of taxable and tax-free transactions, deemed asset purchases, shareholder redemptions, stock basis and earnings and profits calculations, eligibility for U.S. manufacturing deduction (IRC Section 199), simplifying corporate structures and minimizing the impact of complex consolidated return issues and tax due diligence. Secondly, Mr. Reinstein is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Thirdly, Mr. Reinstein advocates for taxpayers on federal (before the IRS Examination and Appeals levels) and international (Competent Authority Assistance) tax controversies, including collection issues.

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Photo of SanfordAnnMarie Sanford
Ms. Sanford is an associate in the Environmental Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. Ms. Sanford is primarily engaged in environmental regulatory issues and coordinating environmental due diligence activities in real estate and corporate transactions. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. She is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

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David J. Tshudy photoDavid J. Tshudy
Mr. Tshudy is of counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Harrisburg office. Mr. Tshudy concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, land use and land development. He is experienced in all aspects of real estate development and transactions.

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R. Lee Vanderpool photoR. Lee Vanderpool
Mr. Vanderpool is of counsel in the Financial Services Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Vanderpool concentrates his practice on banking and financing matters.

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Photo of WalshWilliam J. Walsh
Mr. Walsh is of counsel in the Washington office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, where he heads that office’s Environmental Practice Group. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Walsh provides a range of environmental counseling, compliance, permitting, transactional and litigation services (including defense of personal injury claims) to foreign and domestic clients of varying size across the spectrum of business and industry. His experience encompasses all major federal environmental statutes, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and many state and local environmental laws. He has also assisted clients in matters involving foreign environmental laws. Often, his counseling involves innovative scientific, regulatory, legal and policy questions.

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Justin G. Weber photoJustin G. Weber
Mr. Weber is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Harrisburg office. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation.