A private equity fund manager has no personal claim of legal malpractice against Pepper Hamilton because he ignored the firm’s legal advice and should have known the firm was representing the fund and not him individually, a Philadelphia judge said.

In his opinion to the Superior Court in the appeal of Behr v. Imhoff, Common Pleas Court Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. asked the Superior Court to uphold his decision to grant Pepper Hamilton summary judgment against Philip H. Behr’s claims of malpractice. The same should go for his favorable ruling after a bench trial for defendants and fund managers W. Joseph Imhoff and Bernard B. Markey, Sheppard said in his opinion last month.

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