Jerry Pappert, former Pennsylvania attorney general and current chairman of the new Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Commission, has joined Cozen O'Connor's commercial litigation group as a shareholder in Philadelphia.
Until last year, Mr. Pappert was general counsel for Cephalon Inc. He left that position shortly after Cephalon merged into Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
Mr. Pappert will work closely with Philadelphia's Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, the firm's government relations arm, Mr. O'Connor said last week.
At Cozen O'Connor, Mr. Pappert will focus on assisting clients with government investigations, white-collar criminal matters, corporate compliance, government relations and commercial litigation, the firm said.
Mr. Pappert is familiar with his new firm. He served as summer associate there in 1987 and maintained relationships with several of the firm's attorneys.
"I've always respected how they built this firm up into the diverse and broad firm it is," Mr. Pappert said.
Thomas A. "Tad" Decker, CEO of Cozen O'Connor, said the firm had tried to recruit Mr. Pappert in the past.
Mr. Decker, former chairman the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said Mr. Pappert would fit in with a number of practices in the firm, including work for pharmaceutical companies, litigation and investigations, consumer protection class actions, white-collar defense and the firm's government relations arm.
Mr. Pappert was named by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as chairman of the five-member state Banking and Securities Commission. The state Legislature recently voted to merge the state Securities Commission into the Banking Department to create the new banking and securities entity, a measure that went into effect Oct. 1.
The commission is charged with enforcing rules and regulations under the Pennsylvania Securities Act and Takeover Disclosure Law.
Mr. Pappert spent the first half of 2012 finishing his six-year term on the Commonwealth Financing Authority. He worked as general counsel at Cephalon from 2008 through 2011, when he assisted the company in its October 2011 sale to Teva. Prior to that, he was a partner at Ballard Spahr, where he focused on business litigation with an emphasis on litigation involving the government.
Mr. Pappert joined Ballard Spahr directly from the attorney general's office in 2005. From 1997 to 2003, he was the first deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, where he served as lead trial and appellate counsel in the office's successful effort to prevent the sale of Hershey Foods by the Hershey Trust Co.
Mr. Pappert was appointed to serve as state attorney general in 2003.