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Ballard Spahr LLP

About Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr traces its origins to 1885 and became known as "Ballard and Spahr" in the early 1900s when Ellis Ames Ballard and Boyd Lee Spahr began practicing law together. Since then, the firm has grown by number of attorneys, practices, and offices throughout the United States.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1885 Number of Partners 231
Number of offices 14 Partner:associate ratio 1.20
Biggest office Philadelphia Percentage of women attorneys 27.67
Number of attorneys 473 Percentage of minority attorneys 10.32
Number of associates 196 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.80
Area of practice

Ballard Spahr LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization and Capital Recovery
  • Business and Finance
  • Bank Regulation and Supervision
  • EB-5
  • Investment Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity
  • Securities
  • Transactional Finance
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • E-Discovery and Data Management
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Energy and Project Finance
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Family Wealth Management
  • Government Relations
  • Regulatory Affairs and Contracting
  • Health Care
  • Housing
  • FHA and GSE Financing
  • Government-Assisted Housing
  • Housing Bonds
  • Tax Credits
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Municipal Securities Regulation and Enforcement
  • P3/Infrastructure
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Product Liability and Mass Tort
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate Development and Complex Transactions
  • Construction
  • Eminent Domain
  • Leasing
  • Mixed-Use Development and Condominiums
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets
  • Commercial Loan Servicing
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Insurance Company and Institutional Investments
  • Private Equity Real Estate
  • REITs
  • Resort and Hotel
  • Securities Enforcement and Litigation
  • Tax
  • Exempt Organizations
  • White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations.
Awards and recognitions

94 attorneys named Leading Lawyers; 24 leading practices recognized
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014

Among the top 100 firms in the Pro Bono Report
The American Lawyer, 2009-2012

Ranked a top law firm in client service performance
BTI Consulting Group Client Service A-Team, 2010-2013

Earned Client Choice Award, for excellence in client care and quality of service, Utah
International Law Office/Lexology, 2013

Ranked second in the nation for its percentage of women equity partners among single-tier firms
The National Law Journal, 2012

Earned Gold Standard Certification for integrating women into the highest leadership positions in the firm
Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2011-2014

Named to the Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals
Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2013

Business and Finance

#5 for Issuer's Counsel by Volume-REIT Equity
The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard, 2013

Nationally recognized as a "Go-To Law Firm" for Securities
American Lawyer Media, 2011, 2012

Nationally recognized as a "Go-To Law Firm" for Corporate Transactions
American Lawyer Media, 2011, 2012

Ranked #2 "Top Corporate Law Firm" in the Philadelphia metro market
Corporate Board Member, 2012

Named "Best in Biz" for Corporate Law
South Jersey Biz, 2012

Leading consumer financial services practice for Finance - Financial Services: Regulatory
The Legal 500 US, 2011-2014

Leading mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts practice for M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500m)
The Legal 500 US, 2010-2014

27 attorneys named Leading Lawyers in Banking and Finance, Gaming and Licensing, Corporate/Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity, Corporate/M&A and Securities, Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Compensation, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory and Litigation), and Projects: Renewables and Alternative Energy
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation) in the highest tier nationally
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2014

Leading practices in Corporate/M&A in Arizona, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Utah
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011-2014

Leading national practice for REITs: Maryland Counsel
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012-2014

Banking and Finance Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Biotechnology Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Corporate Law, highest tier, nationally and in Las Vegas and Phoenix
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Corporate Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia and Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Corporate Law, highest tier, in Baltimore
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Corporate Compliance Law, highest tier, in Baltimore
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Corporate Governance Law, highest tier, in Baltimore and Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Equipment Finance Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Financial Services Regulation Law, highest tier, in Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Gaming Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Government Relations Practice, highest tier, in Las Vegas
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Mergers & Acquisitions Law, highest tier, in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Mergers & Acquisitions Law, highest tier, in Phoenix
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia and Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Securities/Capital Markets Law, highest tier, nationally and in Phoenix
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Securities/Capital Markets Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Securities Regulation Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia and Phoenix
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Tax Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Trusts and Estates Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Venture Capital Law, highest tier, in Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Leading practice for Capital Markets: REITs: USA: Maryland Counsel
Chambers Global, 2013

A "Top Bankruptcy Law Firm"
The Deal, 2003-2013

2 "Top Bankruptcy Lawyers in the Top Ten"
The Deal, First Quarter, 2014
Intellectual Property

Named an "IP VIP"
BTI Consulting Group, 2014

5 attorneys ranked as "Leading Patent Professionals"
IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals, 2013

6 attorneys ranked as "IP Stars"
Managing Intellectual Property, 2013

"Highly Recommended" intellectual property practice in Georgia
Managing Intellectual Property, 2013

"Recommended" intellectual property practice in Pennsylvania
Managing Intellectual Property, 2013

Nationally recognized as a "Go-To Law Firm" for Intellectual Property
American Lawyer Media, 2011, 2012

Leading intellectual property practice for Trademarks: Non-Contentious - Full Coverage
The Legal 500 US, 2010-2013

6 attorneys named Leading Lawyers in Georgia and Pennsylvania
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014

Patent Law, highest tier, in Atlanta
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Patent Law, highest tier, nationally and in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Copyright Law, highest tier, in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Copyright Law, highest tier, nationally
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Trademark Law, highest tier, nationally and in Atlanta
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014
Litigation

Pennsylvania Litigation Department of the Year-General Litigation (Large Firms)
The Legal Intelligencer, 2014

Finalist, Pennsylvania Litigation Department of the Year-Labor and Employment
The Legal Intelligencer, 2014

Nationally recognized as a "Go-To Law Firm" for Litigation
American Lawyer Media, 2010-2013

Nationally recognized as a "Go-To Law Firm" for Labor and Employment
American Lawyer Media, 2011, 2012

Leading labor and employment practice for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
The Legal 500 US, 2013-2014

Leading litigation practice for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Automotive/Transport
The Legal 500 US, 2010-2014

Named to GCR 100 - 15th Edition, for leading Antitrust practice
Global Competition Review, 2014

"Highly Recommended" litigation practice in Pennsylvania
Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2012

In Pennsylvania, awarded five "Local Litigation Stars" and two "Future Stars"
Benchmark Litigation, 2011, 2012

"Recommended" litigation practice in Colorado
Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2012

In Colorado, awarded one "Local Litigation Star"
Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2012

In Maryland, awarded one "Local Litigation Star"
Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2012

35 attorneys named Leading Lawyers in Antitrust, General Commercial, White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Securities, Environment, Labor and Employment, Climate Change, Products Liability, and Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014

Leading Antitrust practice in Pennsylvania
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010-2014

Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice in Pennsylvania
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013-2014

Leading Environment practice in Pennsylvania and Arizona (including water rights)
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011-2014

Leading Litigation: General Commercial practice in Pennsylvania and Colorado
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2014

Leading Litigation: General Commercial practice in Maryland
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013

Leading Litigation: Products Liability practice in New Jersey
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013-2014

Leading Labor and Employment practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2014

Banking and Finance Litigation, highest tier, nationally and in Colorado and Las Vegas
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Banking and Finance Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Banking and Finance Litigation, highest tier, in Atlanta
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Bankruptcy Litigation, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Bankruptcy Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, highest tier, in New Jersey and Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Commercial Litigation, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Commercial Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Commercial Litigation, highest tier, nationally and in Atlanta and New Jersey
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Employment Law - Management, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Employment Law - Management, highest tier, in New Jersey
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Litigation, highest tier, in Las Vegas and Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2013

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Litigation, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013

Environmental Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Environmental Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Environmental Litigation, highest tier, in New Jersey
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Intellectual Property Litigation, highest tier, in Atlanta
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Intellectual Property Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Labor and Employment Litigation, highest tier, in Utah
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Labor and Employment Litigation, highest tier, in New Jersey and Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Labor Law - Management, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Labor Law - Management, highest tier, in New Jersey
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Land Use and Zoning Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Patent Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Real Estate Litigation, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Securities Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Securities Litigation, highest tier, in Colorado
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Trusts and Estates Litigation, highest tier, in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014
Public Finance

Listed continuously since 1958 as a nationally recognized bond counsel firm
The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (the "Red Book")

#9 for Underwriter's Counsel by Volume-Municipals
The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard, 2013

#10 for Underwriter's Counsel by Value-Municipals
The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard, 2013

Municipal Law, highest tier, Phoenix
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Public Finance Law, highest tier, in Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Public Finance Law, highest tier, nationally
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

#13 for US Municipal New Issues-Bond Counsel
Thomson Reuters, Year-end 2011

#15 for US Municipal New Issues-Revenue-Bond Counsel
Thomson Reuters, Year-end 2011

#12 for US Municipal New Issues-Underwriter's Counsel
Thomson Reuters, Year-end 2011

#12 US Municipal New Issues-Tax-Exempt-Underwriter's Counsel
Thomson Reuters, Year-end 2011
Real Estate

#5 for Issuer's Counsel by Volume-REIT Equity
The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard, 2013

Best Law Firm Corporate Practice in Pennsylvania-Real Estate
The Legal Intelligencer, 2013

Leading real estate practice for Real Estate and Construction-Construction (including Construction Litigation)
The Legal 500 US, 2011-2014

Leading real estate practice for Real Estate and Construction-Land Use/Zoning
The Legal 500 US, 2011-2014

Leading real estate practice for Real Estate and Construction-Real Estate
The Legal 500 US, 2011-2014

"Construction Law Firm of the Year"
DealMakers Monthly, 2011

Paul Casey, Housing Group co-partner-in-charge, "Dealmaker of the Year"
The American Lawyer, 2011

22 attorneys named Leading Lawyers with highest-tier Real Estate practices in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and leading practices in Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, and Utah
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014

Land Use and Zoning Law, highest tier, in Baltimore and Las Vegas
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Land Use and Zoning Law, highest tier, nationally and in Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Real Estate Law, highest tier, in Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2011-2014

Real Estate Law, highest tier, in Colorado, Utah, and Washington, D.C.
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2013-2014

Real Estate Law, highest tier, nationally
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, 2014

Diversity

Our clients are best served by innovative solutions that spring from varied viewpoints and perspectives. Ballard Spahr is committed to creating a vibrant community where the needs, perspectives, and contributions of people from all backgrounds are valued and integrated into all aspects of the firm. In addition to making us a stronger firm, a diverse and inclusive community is valuable to our clients because varied perspectives drive insightful counsel.

Summer associate program

In 2010, Ballard Spahr LLP had a class of 12 summer associates. The firm did not report how many second year law students were considered for offers. The firm did not report how much it pays summer associates.
size of 2010 summer class 12
males 6
females 6

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Ballard Spahr LLP LOCATIONS

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Ballard Spahr LLP Headquarters

1735 Market Street ,
51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
19103

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Ballard Spahr LLP Office

Main Street ,
Plaza 1000, Suite 500
Voorhees, NJ
08043-4636

856-761-3400 phone
856-761-1020 fax

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Ballard Spahr LLP Office

201 South Main Street ,
Suite 800
Salt Lake City, UT
84111

801-531-3000 phone
801-531-3001 fax

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Ballard Spahr LLP Office

601 13th Street, NW ,
Suite 1000 South
Washington, DC
20005

202-661-2200 phone
202-661-2299 fax

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Ballard Spahr LLP Office

1225 17th Street ,
Suite 2300
Denver, CO
80202

303-292-2400 phone
303-296-3956 fax

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