Jerry Pappert plans to join Ballard Spahr

Posted: January 04, 2005

Pennsylvania Attorney General Jerry Pappert will become a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll L.L.P. after he leaves office this month.

Pappert, 41, will join one of the fastest-growing practices at Ballard Spahr - business litigation involving government - the firm's chairman, Arthur Makadon, said.

Makadon said Pappert would bring essential expertise to his firm at a time when state attorneys general - such as New York's Eliot Spitzer - have become active in pursuing allegations of corporate wrongdoing. "He knows how government works, and he knows many of the attorneys general and their staffs," Makadon said.

Pappert himself has been an activist attorney general in the year he is about to conclude in that office.

In a March lawsuit, he accused 13 drug companies of price-fixing. His Medicaid Fraud Control Section got nearly $19 million in settlements with drug companies.

He drew controversy by derailing the appointment of State Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy (D., Franklin) to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Though Coy had resigned, he was deemed temporarily ineligible because his term had not expired. In private practice, Pappert said he expected to do appellate work on behalf of corporate clients as well as handle public policy and regulatory matters. He called Ballard Spahr "a terrific fit."

"As an attorney general and an active member of our association, with dear friendships with many of them, I will be in a good position to help the firm and its clients," he said.

He and his wife, Ellen, a former municipal bonds broker, will move to the Philadelphia suburbs with their two children, ages 1 and 5. Pappert, a Republican, became acting attorney general in December 2003, succeeding Mike Fisher, who became a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

For seven years, Pappert had served as Fisher's deputy, directly handling the office's successful effort to block the sale of Hershey Foods Corp. in 2002.

Last January, Gov. Rendell, a Democrat, appointed Pappert to serve out Fisher's term after Pappert agreed not to seek election to a full term.

While Rendell himself is a former Ballard Spahr partner, Pappert said his deal with the governor did not include any assurance of a job at the law firm.

In the fall, Republican Tom Corbett beat Democrat James J. Eisenhower to become attorney general. Corbett will be sworn into the job Jan. 18. Pappert, who campaigned for Corbett, will join Eisenhower at Ballard Spahr.

Contact staff writer Porus P. Cooper at 215-854-4761 or pcooper@phillynews.com.

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