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Blank Rome Takes Three Litigators from Pepper Hamilton

The Legal Intelligencer

The three lawyers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh include a former chief judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

A former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has retired again, this time from Pepper Hamilton—but only to take another law firm position at Blank Rome.

Former Judge James Giles is now of counsel to Blank Rome’s commercial litigation group, the firm announced Thursday. He had been of counsel at Pepper Hamilton since 2008, when he retired from the bench.


Giles joins Blank Rome on the heels of two other recent commercial litigation hires from Pepper Hamilton.

Blank Rome brought on partner Charles Marion in Philadelphia last week, and partner Andrew Fletcher in Pittsburgh the week before that. Marion’s practice focuses on intellectual property, franchise, securities, products liability, and complex business disputes. Fletcher works on intellectual property litigation as well, and complex business suits.

Grant Palmer, who chairs Blank Rome’s litigation practice, said the group will continue to grow, particularly in Pittsburgh. He said litigation has generally been busy, and especially in trade secret and noncompetition matters and in large mass tort cases.

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“Blank Rome Takes Three Litigators from Pepper Hamilton,” by Lizzy McLellan was published in The Legal Intelligencer on February 1, 2018.