George A. Lehner, an experienced trial lawyer and mediator, is a partner in the Washington office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. He also has served as vice chairman of Pepper’s Executive Committee, as co-chairman of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and as partner in charge of the firm’s Washington office.
Lehner practices primarily in the area of civil litigation and arbitration, concentrating in pharmaceutical product liability, business tort, trade secret and employment litigation. He has been lead trial counsel for a variety of complex civil and mass tort litigation matters.
Lehner, who has been a Pepper partner since 1989, served as Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes at the U.S. Department of State from July 2002 through June 2004. There, he led a team in preparing the U.S. response to a multi-billion dollar claim filed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. He appeared on behalf of the United States before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. In addition, he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on the oral proceedings at the International Court of Justice in the Oil Platforms Case.
In addition to his litigation practice, Lehner has served as a court mediator at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, the Washington Press Club Foundation and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Foundation. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Fund for Peace.
Lehner was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship in 1972 for travel and independent research in Africa. In 1976, he was awarded his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
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