Pepper Hamilton litigation partners James Brogan and Chris Wasson have left the Philadelphia firm for Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, the firm they left four years ago
The partners join Piper Marbury's products liability and toxic torts practice with three associates - Nancy Shane Rappaport, Sean Fahey and Matthew Goldberg. They also bring with them a bulging client portfolio that is understood to have doubled during their time at Pepper Hamilton. Clients include Electrolux Home Products and Deere & Co. Brogan said that he had remained in contact with former colleagues at Piper Marbury while at Pepper Hamilton and had been impressed with the firm's development. He said: "One of the things people keep saying is welcome home. I did spend four wonderful years at Piper before I left. It's the same now, except the house is a lot bigger." Managing partner of Piper Marbury's Philadelphia office William Kiniry said that the hires are just the start for his firm. In 1999, Baltimore-based Piper Marbury merged with Chicago firm Rudnick & Wolfe. Pepper Hamilton executive partner James Murray said that Brigan and Wasson would be missed by their immediate practice, but that the firm would not suffer unduly from their departure.