Former Partner Rachael M. Bushey Rejoins Pepper Hamilton as Chair of Life Sciences and Vice Chair of Health Sciences Department

Bushey and Partner Jennifer Porter Strengthen Ranks of Nationally Regarded Health Sciences Team

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pepper Hamilton LLP today announced that partner Rachael M. Bushey has rejoined the firm as chair of Life Sciences and vice chair of its thriving and nationally regarded Health Sciences Department. She rejoins Pepper from Hogan Lovells.

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Also rejoining the firm from Hogan Lovells is Jennifer L. Porter, who has been named partner in the Health Sciences Department. Bushey and Porter will be resident in the Philadelphia office.

Bushey has a deep background in life sciences, including serving as vice president and deputy general counsel for West Pharmaceutical Services. In her practice, she represents public and private life sciences companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, complex divestitures, capital markets transactions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and collaboration agreements.

The additions of Bushey and Porter strengthen the attorney ranks in Pepper’s Health Sciences Department, a multidisciplinary practice that serves clients across the health care spectrum.

“We are very pleased to welcome Rachael back to the firm,” said Nina M. Gussack, chair of Pepper’s Health Sciences Department. “Both her colleagues and her clients are delighted that she has rejoined our team.”

Bushey initially joined Pepper in 2005 as an associate. From 2010 to 2014, she served as vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for West Pharmaceutical Services in Exton, Pa. She was named a partner of Pepper Hamilton in 2014.

“Pepper’s innovative approach to industry attracted me back to the firm,” said Bushey. “The firm’s integrated approach to solving the complex business challenges faced by clients in the life sciences industry is exactly what our clients need.”

Thomas M. Gallagher, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee and a member of the leadership team of the Health Sciences Department, noted that the firm’s newest additions are the latest in a line of exciting lateral hires.

“In the last six months, the majority of our laterals have been successful and dynamic women,” he said. “In addition, four of our laterals have returned to Pepper, having worked here earlier in their careers. Pepper continues to attract top legal talent.”

Other recent additions to the firm include Lisa D. Kabnick, senior advisor in the Commercial Department; Kathryn Pourmand Nordick, partner in the Financial Services Practice Group; Deborah Spranger, partner in the Health Sciences Department; Rebecca Alperin, of counsel in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group; and Rachel Mynhier, of counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group.

Earlier this month, Pepper Hamilton was named the “Healthcare and Life Sciences M&A Law Firm of the Year” by the Americas M&A Atlas Awards. The firm also received top honors for several transactions, including “Healthcare Services Deal of the Year” and “U.S.A. Growth Equity Investment Deal of the Year.”

Attorneys in Pepper’s Health Sciences Department counsel clients across the continuum of health care services and life sciences, including innovative biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device developers and manufacturers; physicians, hospitals and other health care providers; federal and state government regulatory and enforcement agencies; Medicare/Medicaid and private payors; and all members of the health care supply chain.

About Pepper’s Health Sciences Department

Pepper Hamilton’s Health Sciences Department is a team of 110 attorneys who collaborate across disciplines to solve complex legal challenges confronting clients throughout the health sciences spectrum.

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 450 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.


Megan Keohane