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Ballard Spahr LLP

Philadelphia

Ballard Spahr LLP - Philadelphia
  • 1735 Market Street
  • 51st Floor
  • Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-7599
  • Tel:+1 215 665 8500
  • Fax:+1 215 864 8999
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Mark S Stewart
  • Number of partners: 226
  • Numbers of lawyers: 506

Firm Overview:
Ballard Spahr is a national firm with 13 offices. Attorneys provide counseling and advocacy in more than 40 practice areas. The firm’s mission: to provide nothing less than excellence in every legal representation.

Main Areas of Practice:
Business & Finance:

The Business and Finance Department serves regional, national, and international clients. They include financial institutions, government entities, and nonprofit organizations, as well as life science, energy, and health care companies. In the M&A/private equity area, attorneys structure, negotiate, and close transactions for buyers, sellers, and related parties, including venture capital firms. Securities attorneys advise on development and capital-raising activities and compliance with public reporting and proxy obligations. Attorneys in the firm’s consumer financial services practice advise on regulatory matters, assist in the design and documentation of credit products, and represent clients in class actions, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and other lawsuits. Employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys help design and implement benefits packages that comply with all regulatory requirements. The energy and project finance practice handles the development, acquisition, and financing of energy assets and regulatory compliance. Attorneys represent producers and distributors of electricity from renewable and other sources, operators of regional wholesale energy markets, natural gas producers, and large industrial consumers of natural gas. Clients also include underwriters, private issuers, banks, and investors.

Intellectual Property:
Ballard Spahr work nationally and internationally to identify, secure, and protect clients’ intellectual property. Many attorneys hold PhDs or other advanced degrees. The firm’s attorneys provide the spectrum of IP representation, including copyright and trademark clearance and counsel, patent counseling and procurement, licensing, branding services, and litigation. They also counsel on unfair competition, trade secret, and trade dress matters. Attorneys offer strategic due diligence guidance during mergers and acquisitions and portfolio restructuring, and work with early-stage growth companies and entrepreneurs in commercializing IP assets.

Litigation:
Litigation is the firm’s largest department,with more than 200 attorneys. They handle complex litigation, from securities class actions and contractual disputes to federal and state appeals, for regional, national, and international clients. A dedicated group handles eDiscovery and data management issues. Labor and employment attorneys counsel and defend against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. They also handle issues involving family and medical leave,whistle-blowing, ERISA, and noncompetition agreements. Attorneys have significant experience in class and collective action litigation. White collar lawyers conduct internal investigations and represent clients facing government enforcement. They also represent clients in False Claims Act and other civil fraud litigation and administrative proceedings.

Public Finance:
Ballard Spahr have one of the premier public finance practices in the nation. Clients include state and local governments and authorities throughout the country, underwriters, borrowers, investors, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and trustees. Attorneys regularly act as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, special tax counsel, borrower’s counsel, lender and credit enhancer’s counsel, and trustee’s counsel. They also advise on defaults, restructurings, tax audits, and securities investigations, as well as arbitrage rebate and post-issuance compliance. The firm’s experience covers matters in municipal, tax, securities, transportation, economic development, real estate, affordable housing, environmental, public utilities, energy, health care, education, banking, administrative, and corporate areas.

Real Estate:
The Real Estate Department, one of the most prominent in the nation, serves a diversified client base. Representations include acquisitions and equity participations; securitized and balance-sheet loans; construction and design contracts; mixed-use development and research parks; public/private ventures; leasing; housing development and finance; industrial facilities; condominium and planned community development; hotel, resort, and fractional interests; and workouts, restructurings, and foreclosures. Clients include owners, lenders, investors, and developers, as well as government agencies, colleges and universities, and hospitals.

Branches

  • 1735 Market Street,
  • 51st Floor,
  • Philadelphia,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-7599
  • Tel +1 215 665 8500
  • Fax +1 215 864 8999
  • Website : www.ballardspahr.com
  • Suite 1000,
  • 999 Peachtree Street,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30309-3915
  • Tel +1 678 420 9300
  • Fax +1 678 420 9301
  • 300 East Lombard Street,
  • 18th Floor,
  • Baltimore,
  • Maryland
  • USA
  • MD 21202-3268
  • Tel +1 410 528 5600
  • Fax +1 410 528 5650
  • Email : lawyers@ballardspahr.com
  • 4800 Montgomery Lane,
  • 7th Floor,
  • Bethesda,
  • Maryland
  • USA
  • MD 20814-3401
  • Tel +1 301 664 6200
  • Fax +1 301 664 6299
  • 1225 17th Street,
  • Suite 2300,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202-5596
  • Tel +1 303 292 2400
  • Fax +1 303 296 3956
  • Email : lawyers@ballardspahr.com
  • 100 North City Parkway,
  • Suite 1750,
  • Las Vegas,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89106-4617
  • Tel +1 702 471 7000
  • Fax +1 702 471 7070
  • 2029 Century Park East,
  • Suite 800,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-2909
  • Tel +1 424 204 4400
  • Fax +1 424 204 4350
  • 1 East Washington Street,
  • Suite 2300,
  • Phoenix,
  • Arizona
  • USA
  • AZ 85004-2555
  • Tel +1 602 798 5400
  • Fax +1 602 798 5595
  • One Utah Center,
  • Suite 800,
  • 201 South Main Street,
  • Salt Lake City,
  • Utah
  • USA
  • UT 84111-2221
  • Tel +1 801 531 3000
  • Fax +1 801 531 3001
  • Email : lawyers@ballardspahr.com
  • 655 West Broadway, Suite 1600,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92101-8494
  • Tel 619.696.9200
  • Fax 619.696.9269
  • 1909 K Street, NW,
  • 12th Floor,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20006-1157
  • Tel +1 202 661 2200
  • Fax +1 212 661 2299
  • 919 N Market Street,
  • 11th Floor,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19801-3034
  • Tel +1 302 252 4465
  • Fax +1 302 252 4466
  • 210 Lake Drive East,
  • Suite 200,
  • Cherry Hill,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 08002-1163
  • Tel +1 856 761 3400
  • Fax +1 856 761 1020
  • Email : lawyers@ballardspahr.com

Corporate/M&A - Arizona

THE FIRM A well-respected name in the Arizona market, this firm completed more than 40 transactions in 2012. Major deals include representing Alerion Capital Group in its $26 million acquisition of Apex Microtechnology. Other major clients include Avnet, Republic Services and Barna Broadcasting.

Sources say: "They're spectacular. In particular, we appreciate the responsiveness and thoroughness provided. They give pragmatic advice and are very business-oriented."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Karen McConnell leads the M&A and private equity practice at the firm, and was the lead partner on the Alerion Capital deal. "She is extremely professional, very bright and, more than anything, she becomes like a partner to us in the transaction," reports one impressed source. Clients also note that she "is very practical and really helps to get the deals done."

Adrienne Wilhoit has a great deal of experience representing blue-chip businesses in mergers, joint ventures and capital markets transactions. She has experience in handling extremely large, nationwide matters.

Environment - Arizona

THE FIRM This team represents industrial, municipal and commercial clients at the local, state and federal level. It deals primarily with complex litigation, regulatory and transactional issues. A prime example of its recent work is its representation of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, which is currently involved in Superfund litigation alleging contamination of groundwater wells.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lee Storey represents clients in matters relating to water use, entitlements and resource management within county, state and federal jurisdictions. Peers are enthusiastic about her work in the water rights field, particularly her assistance with resolving complicated situations to obtain for clients the rights for developments.

David Armstrong is an environmental litigator, praised by peers for his litigation ability and regulatory knowledge. He was the lead attorney on the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District case.

Litigation - Colorado

THE FIRM This respected firm acts in a broad range of litigation matters. A key strength of the team is its experience in real estate and construction litigation, while it has recently added a financial services litigation capacity with the arrival of Jeffrey Cohen. Clients include Goodyear and DuPont.

Sources say: "From timeframes to legal clauses, they know all the things we need to take into consideration. They are flexible, responsive whenever we have a problem and are aggressive if needs be."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Roger Thomasch is "one of the best litigators in Colorado," say sources. He recently represented Goodyear in defense of coordinated product liability class actions.

Jeffrey Cohen is a recent arrival from Patton Boggs. He is an expert financial services litigator and advises parties on bond defaults and other issues. Clients say that "he brings a sense of calmness and detail" to litigation and note that he is "very commercially minded."

Real Estate - Colorado

THE FIRM A stalwart of Colorado real estate, this substantial team is active on a range of matters, from tax credits for affordable housing to commercial financing transactions. The group is also noted for its strong presence in the Colorado ski resorts market, where it has advised on redevelopment work at a number of locations. In 2012, it provided financing advice to owner and developer Breckenridge Grand Vacations, which it helped to gain approval for an Alternative Financial Assurance program.

Sources say: "Their work is excellent. I appreciate that their focus is always on getting to the best solution."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Beverly Quail is best known for her work on behalf of lenders and special servicers. Commentators confirm that she "has an impeccable reputation, and has done a lot of work for sophisticated clients," also noting: "Her level of respect always gets the ball moving."

Intellectual Property - Georgia

THE FIRM The Atlanta office of this full-service firm has litigation capability across the full range of IP matters, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret. The group also offers patent prosecution services in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electrical and nanotechnology fields, among others. Clients appreciate the firm's competitive and responsive service, reserving particular praise for the team's strengths in the courtroom. 

Sources say: "There are some really, really strong lawyers at Ballard Spahr."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Excellent IP practitioner" Bill Needle is a well-rounded practitioner with experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. 

Larry Nodine leads the IP litigation group and is described as "very knowledgeable and very client-oriented." His trial experience covers patent, trademark and copyright cases across a number of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, avionics and programming.

Sumner Rosenberg is managing partner of the Atlanta office. In addition to litigation expertise, he has experience in trademark, copyright and patent prosecution matters, with a particular focus on electronic, communication and computer technology.

The "outstanding"  Mitch Katz is practice leader of the patents group and specializes in patent prosecution for pharmaceutical, nano and chemical technology clients.  

IP associate Charley Brown has a diverse practice encompassing patent prosecution, copyright, trademark and trade secret work across a variety of technologies. Clients especially appreciate his "accessible and direct" approach to matters.

Corporate/M&A - Maryland

THE FIRM This practice maintains a fine track record in M&A, public and private financings and corporate planning and governance matters. It is also much in demand for its expertise in federal and state securities law issues. The group acts for a range of local, national and cross-border clients and has developed a particular niche handling work in the real estate and life sciences arenas. Key clients include Osiris Therapeutics, TESSCO Technologies, HCP and Red Mortgage Capital.

Sources say: "They are extraordinarily responsive, do thorough research, and take time to ensure they offer an answer which is practical from a business standpoint."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Moran is well versed in corporate issues concerning the life sciences and technology space and is also regularly called upon to handle private equity and securities matters. "He has a great business sense and we trust him completely with our large transactions," asserts one satisfied client.

Douglas Fox is similarly noted for his strengths in life sciences, as well as in securities, IP and trade marks, in addition to his general corporate expertise. He recently served as primary outside securities counsel to Osiris Therapeutics, a leading player in the adult stem cell therapeutics arena. An impressed client says of him: "He does excellent work and gives us not just a textbook answer, but something that is readily understandable."

Litigation - Maryland

THE FIRM This team operates out of Bethesda and Baltimore and enters the rankings this year following a raft of praise from market sources. The group is frequently sought by clients in the energy, financial services, healthcare, and life sciences and pharmaceuticals arenas, and also maintains a fine reputation for disputes concerning retail, communications and professional sports. In addition, it is frequently sought to advise state and local governments and their entities.

Sources say: "The group developed an excellent defensive strategy from the outset, and then very successfully executed that strategy in the litigation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Scott is a key contact at the firm.

Real Estate - Maryland

THE FIRM This premier practice advises clients throughout the USA and internationally through every phase of a real estate transaction, from acquisition, development and financing to leasing, sale and restructuring. The group is also highly sought for its expertise in due diligence, land use and construction issues and maintains a fine reputation for its work concerning distressed properties. In a recent highlight, the group acted for Under Armour on negotiating leases for several major new distribution centers in California and Maryland. It also assisted the company in its $325 million credit facility and in securing entitlements for a doubling of its campus in Baltimore.

Sources say: "Excellent client service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Pollak is particularly noted for his public financing work on sophisticated and large-scale real estate projects and sports stadiums and has more than three decades' experience in the field. He led on the Under Armour matters. He is described by one enthusiastic client as "an excellent and experienced attorney who handles negotiations and drafting very well."

Raymond Truitt continues to be commonly called upon to assist clients with high-profile commercial financing, leasing and development work and is also highly regarded for his restructuring expertise.

Roger Winston is managing partner of the Bethesda office. He focuses on the planning, development and restructuring of a variety of common-interest projects, including commercial, residential and mixed-use developments, acting for a range of developers, investors and lenders.

The "excellent" Jon Laria is managing partner of the firm's Baltimore office. He is particularly well regarded for his strengths on the land use and zoning side, and is also well versed in all kinds of commercial real estate transactions, acting for an array of owners, lenders and developers.

Rising star Lila Shapiro-Cyr acts for developers and owners of commercial real estate properties, predominantly focusing on shopping centers and urban developments. "She's very good – it's amazing how much she knew about the deal," a satisfied client asserts. 

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM Market sources report that they return to this firm again and again for advice on Maryland law, citing the responsiveness of the service and the accuracy of the advice as particular strengths. The multidisciplinary REIT team advises clients on the full array of transactions.

Sources say: "They are terrific on matters of Maryland law and highly practical in their judgments."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Moran is a "highly perceptive, bright and helpful" Maryland lawyer. Sources particularly praise his responsiveness in producing work quickly.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

THE FIRM Ballard Spahr houses a premium consumer finance team with significant expertise in handling complex class action and litigation defense and impressive regulatory compliance capabilities. The 37-partner team has considerable experience in advising mortgage finance sector clients on federal investigations and civil litigation. In other areas it has been counseling First Niagara Financial Group in connection with its purchase of a number of retail branches from HSBC and their associated credit card lending portfolios. Multiple clients have turned to the firm for guidance on the remit and proposed rulemaking of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) including advice on meeting investigative requirements. Additionally, it has been active in helping non-bank organizations comply with anti-money laundering regulations which came into force in August 2012. Notable clients of the team include Discover Financial Services, JPMorgan Chase and Sallie Mae.

Client Service "They have been fantastic and by far the best firm in putting out 'webinars' - updates to the field. They're on top of any big issue that arises and they're extremely helpful."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "First-class" consumer finance attorney Alan Kaplinsky is described as an "outstanding lawyer" who is "extremely knowledgeable, detailed and articulate." Kaplinsky has been fundamental to the firm's response and guidance in relation to CFPB compliance and enforcement matters.

Jeremy Rosenblum is an accomplished litigator with a solid consumer finance practice. One source states: "He's terrific and I've worked with him on many briefs. He is very bright and talented."

Stanley Mabbitt is a "knowledgeable and well-known consumer attorney" who has a "good background in consumer finance laws" and is a "fabulous mortgage lawyer," comment sources.

The "bright" Mark Furletti is praised by sources as a "terrific young man and lawyer." He continues to win plaudits as a future leader in the consumer finance arena.

Franchising - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm is noted for its handling of transactional, regulatory and litigious matters for franchisors at every stage of their development. Recent matters include the defense of Choice Hotels International with respect to an improper termination claim made by a multiunit franchisee. Other clients include Multivista Systems and Precision Franchising.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kim McCullough heads the firm's franchise and distribution practice group. She represents franchisors in registration and disclosure, international expansion and M&A. 

Real Estate - Nevada

THE FIRM Ballard Spahr is known for its transactional real estate practice, but it is the firm's land use and zoning practice upon which its reputation is built. The land use team is closely related to the firm's governmental relations practice and its lawyers regularly appear before local government bodies on behalf of clients. The firm recently advised Elite Media on issues related to large 'supergraphics' signs mounted on buildings and their legality. Other key clients include Miracle Mile Shops, Bank of America and the Bank of Nevada.    

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Curran is the key figure in the firm's zoning and land use practice. He recently advised Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on land use and permitting issues. Sources say he is "smart, good at what he does, very personable, approachable and respectful."

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM This nationally renowned firm has a solid reputation for its representation of employers in union negotiations. A successful year has seen the group become the first outside counsel to be appointed chief spokesperson for DuPont during union negotiations. The group also counts the American Red Cross and the State of New Jersey among its roster of current clients.

Sources say: "They are an excellent firm. They give you good work for a good price. The response time is always excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Intellectual powerhouse" Steven Suflas is applauded by interviewees for his ability to "analyze complex issues and come up with equally sophisticated solutions, and see them through to success." He took the lead in the DuPont negotiations described above.

Denise Keyser is a veteran of over 30 years of complex labor negotiations. Sources describe her as "very knowledgeable and confident."

Patricia Smith focuses her practice on employment law and related litigation. Market sources praise her as "extremely professional and confident, with an approachable style that works very well in arbitration."

Litigation - New Jersey

THE FIRM This practice has garnered considerable acclaim for the quality of its work in the product liability arena. The group focuses on the defense of consumer product class actions on behalf of a variety of manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. Highlights include work for US subsidiaries of several international names, and the team represented Kia Motors America in a class action over alleged brake defects. DuPont, Miele USA and Subaru are among the other names in its client roster. 

Sources say: "The attorneys possess invaluable trial advocacy skills and industry knowledge."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Neal Walters is the head of the practice's product liability and mass tort group, and was the lead partner on the abovementioned Kia Motors America matter. His litigation prowess is extolled by a variety of clients, who value the fact that "he is responsive and takes a practical approach in resolving issues."

Highlights of John Kearney's practice include representing Jim Beam Brands and Beam Global Spirits & Wine in an action brought by a nationwide class claiming consumer fraud and breach of warranty.

Real Estate - New Jersey

THE FIRM The three-partner practice group at this firm's Cherry Hill location has been particularly active in assisting clients in redevelopment work following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, while the team's staple work areas include development and redevelopment, financing, construction and housing matters. The group counts the Camden Redevelopment Agency and Eastern Pacific Development among its current client roster.

Sources say: "They are very good and have good bench strength."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Barbara Casey is "a very thorough and competent attorney," sources say. Recently, she assisted The Carlyle Group in connection with a series of matters relating to The Grand, a distressed condominium project in Diamond Beach, New Jersey. 

Antitrust - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This practice serves an impressive client roster spanning a range of industries. The antitrust group at Ballard Spahr has significant expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, representing high-profile clients such as GlaxoSmithKline. The group has also represented global client DuPont in several antitrust matters. The team has recently been involved in a series of complex class action disputes on behalf of its clients.

Sources say: "The right mix of experience and the right strategy."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Leslie John is the department head and key practice contact.

Banking & Finance - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This firm maintains a diverse banking and finance practice with specific expertise across public, transactional and consumer finance services. The team's strong presence in the public finance sector is exemplified by its counsel to numerous banks, including First Niagara and Huntington National. Recent highlights include representing Grupo Salinas in a complex project relating to its acquisition of short-term loan provider Advance America.

Sources say: "They are experts and they know their business very well. They are very responsive and very good to work with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carl Fridy leads the firm's transactional finance practice and is praised as being "top-notch" and "standout." He regularly represents commercial banks and has a wealth of experience dealing with both secured and unsecured loans.

Alan Kaplinsky heads the consumer financial services team. He is highly regarded for providing counsel to financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters.

Steven Miller is "terrific and extremely well respected," according to sources. He has significant experience representing lenders in transactional finance matters.

Jeremy Rosenblum has a strong regulatory finance practice and recently led the team advising Grupo Salinas on consumer finance service laws. 

Richard Perelman has an extensive practice representing lenders and borrowers in a wide array of transactional finance matters. He is praised by clients for his "patient, very smart and client-focused" approach.

Mark Furletti is an associate in the firm's business and finance department. He recently assisted on a complex transaction for First Niagara, and was also an active member of the team advising Grupo Salinas on regulatory matters.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM New entry Ballard Spahr is recognized for its high-level bankruptcy practice in this jurisdiction. The team in Philadelphia focuses on the representation of secured creditors, as well as on the nationwide representation of landlords in retail tenant bankruptcies. Other areas of expertise include asset purchases and sales, bankruptcy litigation and municipal recovery.

Sources say: "Ballard has many outstanding attorneys who are regarded as preeminent in their particular area of the law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Vincent Marriott is head of the firm's bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery group. Peers highlight his "great credentials" as counsel to financial institutions and other clients in a range of insolvency-related proceedings and litigation.

Rosetta Packer recently joined the team from McCarter & English. Clients say: "She's a very strong negotiator, and someone you want to have on your side."

Corporate/M&A - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This firm has a strong middle-market M&A practice with industry focus in the life sciences, aerospace and gaming sectors. It has formed strategic cross-border partnerships in order to facilitate M&A transactions with a foreign element. The corporate team also has significant experience in the insurance sector and recently represented Harleysville Mutual Insurance in connection with its $1.6 billion merger with Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

Sources say: "They have done an excellent job and deliver great value."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Client favorite Justin Klein earns regular plaudits for his "great business judgment" and "unbelievably intelligent" approach. He recently led the team assisting Harleysville Mutual Insurance in two mergers.

Gerald Guarcini earns praise for his deep expertise in the corporate field. He recently acted on behalf of LEAF Commercial Capital in connection with an equity investment from Eos Partners.

Richard Braemer regularly represents both buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. According to commentators, he is "very, very smart, capable and handles people well."

Sources note Brian Doerner is a "very knowledgeable M&A lawyer" who "does a great job." He has particular expertise in life sciences and technology, and also handles securities transactions.

Greg Seltzer recently assisted on a $50 million growth equity investment in LEAF Commercial Capital. Sources are particularly impressed with his "very practical" approach. 

Environment - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM The environmental group at this full-service firm offers expertise across a broad spectrum of issues, including natural resources, brownfield redevelopment, permitting support and regulatory compliance. The group also has an active litigation practice, and has recently defended the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

Sources say: "They deliver excellent service of the first order. They did a first-rate job."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "reasonable and thoughtful" Brendan Collins recently led the team acting for Exelon and a number of clean energy companies in litigation regarding Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Sources note him to be extremely "knowledgeable and practical."

Robert McKinstry is recognized for his expertise in climate change. He recently co-led the team advising Exelon on numerous federal regulations.

Glenn Unterberger is praised for his "in-depth knowledge of air quality regulations." He recently represented Lehigh University in connection with land acquisition and related environmental matters. Sources note him to be "very practical and effective in working out solutions."

A talented litigator, Harry Weiss recently represented and counseled JPMorgan Chase and individual clients on natural resources and oil and gas rights.

Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a substantial IP department with capabilities ranging from counseling to complex litigation. The group regularly handles a diverse array of IP matters including patent, trademark and copyright actions on a national and international level. Recent representations include serving as IP counsel to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in numerous disputes.

Sources say: "Very responsive, very practical and a very good sense of finding solutions to difficult situations from both a legal and business standpoint."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lynn Rzonca has a strong reputation in the IP space. Her work highlights include representing Limited Brands in patent litigation and other IP matters.

IP department vice chair Robert Baron is well respected by clients. One source described him as "a brilliant tactician in the litigation arena."

Hara Jacobs is lead counsel for ABIM in connection with numerous disputes. Sources note she is "tenacious and smart, works hard and is fast and savvy."

Labor & Employment - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM Based in Philadelphia, this full-service firm has a significant number of attorneys dedicated to labor and employment law. It has a broad remit with a highly regarded traditional labor practice as well as a leading employee benefits and compensation group. Its impressive client portfolio includes high-profile names such as Johnson & Johnson and DuPont. Ballard Spahr has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, as illustrated by its recent representation of Temple University Health System and West Penn Allegheny Health System in collective and class action cases related to the FLSA.

Sources say: "Their performance was outstanding. They provide terrific service on every level. "

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Langel provides ongoing labor advice to Temple University Health System. According to interviewees, he "is responsive and thoughtful, and can give some very practical guidance."

David Fryman is described as "a good strategic thinker" and an "outstanding lawyer." Notable highlights include representing West Penn Allegheny Health System.

Edward Leeds is an experienced employee benefits and executive compensation practitioner. His practice has a strong emphasis on health and welfare issues.

Brian Pinheiro is lauded as "responsive and very knowledgeable, with excellent communication skills." He recently provided employee benefits and executive compensation advice to Ricoh Americas.

Kenneth Jarin has recently co-led multiple arbitrations on behalf of the City of Philadelphia. He routinely litigates labor relations matters, including wage and hour disputes and employment discrimination actions.

Shannon Farmer is "excellent as a person to work with and in terms of the quality of her advice and advocacy," say interviewees. She advises American Red Cross on traditional labor and employment issues.

Daniel Johns is an experienced litigator and regularly handles the gamut of labor and employment litigation. He has particular expertise in representing and advising higher education institutions.

Brian Pedrow concentrates his practice on representing management in a broad range of employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, trade secret and noncompetition actions.

Litigation - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM Ballard Spahr is well positioned to represent high-profile clients in complex litigation proceedings. The team is well versed in the law across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, insurance and financial services, with an impressive client roster including blue-chip clients such as Penn Treaty American, Harleysville Mutual Insurance and NASDAQ OMX Group.

Sources say: "The lawyers are oriented to business advice and not just legal advice, and that's what we value."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Norman Goldberger recently represented Penn Millers Holding in high-profile litigation. "He always brings a level of experience and sophistication to proceedings," said one interviewee.

Henry Hockeimer concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense and has significant experience handling securities fraud and official corruption investigations. He is praised as a "very strong litigator" with a "terrific reputation."

Stephen Kastenberg has recently represented NASDAQ in numerous individual and putative class actions. One client notes: "He's very bright and very business-oriented, and is able to give us the strategic advice that we look for."

David Pittinsky is favorably described as "a good strategist and a very smart guy." He recently represented Harleysville Mutual Insurance in relation to an attempt by policyholders to prevent a merger with Nationwide Mutual Insurance. 

The firm recently mourned the passing of its former chairman, the eminently respected Arthur Makadon.

Real Estate - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This nationally renowned firm has a deep bench of high-quality real estate practitioners. The dedicated team offers a full range of services to its impressive and extensive client base. Attorneys regularly handle complex transactions including acquisitions, leasing and financing. Notable highlights for the group include representation of restaurant franchise company The Rose Group in a system-wide refinancing. In addition to traditional real estate matters, Ballard Spahr also enjoys a strong reputation for its capabilities in relation to zoning and land use issues. 

Sources say: "They have been wonderful to work with. They bring to the table a strong real estate group with knowledge of not only the finance aspect but also the actual nuts and bolts of real estate law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Gifford is considered preeminent in his field and described by one interviewee as "tremendous" and "a real star." He recently represented Drexel University with regards to the development of a student housing and retail space.

Michael Sklaroff is an authority in transactional real estate work and land use and zoning issues. He recently assisted Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust in a leasing matter stemming from the relocation of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sources note that he is "an excellent lawyer" who "maintains a professional relationship with opposing counsel."

Neil Sklaroff has significant expertise in land use and zoning matters. He recently represented Radnor Property Group in connection with zoning issues. Sources note that "he represents his clients well" and "argues very fine legal points."

The "experienced and proactive" Philip Korb is praised by sources as "absolutely brilliant," "just extraordinary" and "really top of the profession." He was recently involved in the aforementioned refinancing for The Rose Group.

Dominic De Simone is a "very effective lawyer" who "knows how to get transactions done," say sources. He heads up the firm's commercial real estate recovery group, and is noted for his expertise in real estate finance and distressed real estate acquisitions.

Sources praise Tina Makoulian as "incredibly hard-working, extremely smart and very creative." Highlights include leading the team in negotiating the purchase and sale agreement of multifamily properties in Virginia on behalf of BPG Properties.

The "extremely capable and reliable" Bart Mellits has a strong development practice as illustrated by his representation of Parkway Corporation in the development of Hilton Home2 Suites.

Mark DePillis is renowned for his expertise in construction law and litigation. Sources report: "He's practical and down to earth and he's very, very smart and able to foresee and solve problems before they become big problems."

Matthew McClure has a broad practice and is described by sources as a "very fine attorney" and a "very capable and fair individual." He recently represented Pennrose Development in connection with the first LGBT-friendly senior housing project in Philadelphia.

Alan Ritterband focuses the real estate element of his practice on transactional matters including acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing. He recently represented The Ingerman Group in relation to the construction of St. Maron Senior Apartments. In addition, Ritterband is a noted authority on construction law.

Corporate/M&A - Utah

THE FIRM This firm maintains a strong foothold in Utah's business community with a corporate practice that is international in scope. The group is known for its ability to handle large, complex deals, and for its expertise in the venture capital, technology and life sciences industries. Clients include UpStart Life Sciences Capital, Progressive Finance and Triumph Group. The team has recently been involved in a series of high-value acquisition, loan and investment transactions.

Sources say: "They have a really good team. Highly qualified, well-trained lawyers who have good experience in lots of different areas of corporate law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Rudd handles complex corporate transactions that are often international in scope, and earns client praise for his "great efficiency." He recently represented C7 Data Centers in a $25 million recapitalization.

Barbara Bagnasacco focuses her practice on international and domestic business transactions and M&A. Sources say: "She is highly perceptive and reliable, and she possesses a deep knowledge of her practice area."

Real Estate - Utah

THE FIRM This real estate practice is able to work with its offices on both coasts to provide clients with a full transactional real estate practice that is nationwide in scope. The Utah team is particularly known for its extensive expertise in the resorts and hospitality space as well as its work with timeshares and mixed-use developments. The group's client portfolio includes Diamond Resorts International, Wal-Mart, DCP International and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

Sources say: "All of them are excellent lawyers. They work hard, provide correct information and are sensitive to the business needs of our organization."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Bennett is noted for his traditional real estate practice and is the group's go-to for development-related work, particularly in the resort and hotel industries.

Steven Peterson has a national reputation for his expertise in timeshare issues pertaining to resort and hospitality law.

Nicole Evans continues to impress with her practice involving real estate. She handles condominium and resorts work, with an increasing focus on timeshare development.