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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: 244
  • Numbers of lawyers: 529

Firm Overview:
Ballard Spahr is a national firm with 14 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 works 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 in 14 offices nationwide. Commercial litigators represent clients in disputes involving breach of contract and UCC-related matters; unfair competition, contract interference, and other business torts; breach of fiduciary duty; fraud; federal and state antitrust laws; federal and state securities laws; class actions; corporate governance; real estate transactions; lending and finance agreements; contracts for the sale or acquisition of a business; product liability claims; insurance claims; professional liability claims; trade secrets and other intellectual property claims; civil rights claims; and wealth management issues. Labor and employment attorneys counsel and defend against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and handle issues involving family and medical leave, ERISA, and wage and hour. White collar lawyers conduct internal investigations, and represent clients facing government enforcement and in False Claims Act cases, as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. Environment and natural resource attorneys represent clients in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings, and have achieved successful outcomes in defending air-quality permits, contamination liability disputes, and challenges to environmental impact assessments. Bankruptcy attorneys handle all aspects of insolvency, including creditor-debtor litigation, and also represent landlords in Chapter 11 cases. The firm’s litigators are experienced and skillful advocates in court, agencies, administrative proceedings, and arbitration.

Public Finance:
Ballard Spahr has 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 the 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, with more than 100 lawyers nationwide, serves a diverse client base from coast to coast. The Development and Complex Transactions Group offers comprehensive services in complex development, land use, tax structuring, construction, leasing, condominiums, mixed-use projects, and condemnation. The Finance and Capital Markets Group represents lenders, special servicers, private equity firms, REITs, life insurance companies, CMBS lenders, and borrowers in a vast array of loan transactions and distressed real estate deals. The Resort and Hotel Group advises developers, hotel brands, management companies, and other hospitality companies focusing on timeshare and fractional deals and a wide variety of resort hotel developments. The Housing Group represents housing authorities, underwriters, investors, and lenders in some of the nation’s largest affordable housing transactions, as well as GSE and HUD financing and tax credit transactions.

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
  • 1 East Washington Street,
  • Suite 2300,
  • Phoenix,
  • Arizona
  • USA
  • AZ 85004-2555
  • Tel +1 602 798 5400
  • Fax +1 602 798 5595
  • 2029 Century Park East,
  • Suite 800,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-2909
  • Tel +1 424 204 4400
  • Fax +1 424 204 4350
  • 655 West Broadway, Suite 1600,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92101-8494
  • Tel +1 619 696 9200
  • Fax +1 619 696 9269
  • 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
  • 919 N Market Street,
  • 11th Floor,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19801-3034
  • Tel +1 302 252 4465
  • Fax +1 302 252 4466
  • 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
  • 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
  • 100 North City Parkway,
  • Suite 1750,
  • Las Vegas,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89106-4617
  • Tel +1 702 471 7000
  • Fax +1 702 471 7070
  • 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
  • 425 Park Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022-3506
  • 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

Corporate/M&A - Arizona

What the team is known for Specializes in acquisitions and divestitures, as well as mergers, joint ventures and financings. Praised for expertise in drafting and negotiating agreements. Clients include large public companies, private equity firms and startups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I view the whole team as solid. Professional, business-minded and responsive, it represents me well on a legal and professional front."   

Work highlights Advised Sound Surgical Technologies on a $40 million merger deal with Solta Medical.

Represented Najafi Companies in its investment in MeeGenius, as part of Najafi's continued strategic focus in the digital space.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Karen McConnell is widely praised by market observers: "Karen McConnell is awesome. She is a pleasure to work with. Always looking for a practical solution to issues." Another source added: "She has a tremendous amount of experience. She is excellent, a polished communicator and a good writer." She led the aforementioned $40 million merger of Sound Surgical Technologies and Solta Medical.

Sources describe Adrienne Wilhoit as "proactive, organized – she is a good quarterback." She specializes in M&A, corporate law and securities.

Significant clients Penske Automotive Group, Inlign Capital Partners, Providien, Republic Services.

Environment - Arizona

What the team is known for Particularly well equipped to handle water rights adjudications and secure entitlements for both local government agencies and private businesses. Additional strength in regulatory compliance and litigation.

Work highlights Defended the Salt River Project against $40 million of claims by an irrigation district for the alleged contamination of its groundwater wells.

Notable practitioners  

Water rights lawyer Lee Storey "offers a personalized service and takes the time to understand your business and what it is that you need. She is also very personable and knows her field very well," report satisfied clients. She conducts a busy practice representing companies and municipalities in obtaining water entitlements.

David Armstrong is noted by peers for his knowledge of environmental regulatory law. He specializes in a range of environmental matters including due diligence and permitting, as well as on dispute resolution.  

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Skilled, versatile practice offering expertise in, among other things, public finance, lender liability, real estate, insurance, natural resources and environmental litigation. Represents clients regionally and nationally and has the capacity to handle complex class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been absolutely amazing. Amazing with the work they put together, writing briefs. Good at keeping us in the loop; there is nothing that falls through the cracks."

"All lawyers of quality."  

Notable practitioners  

Roger Thomasch has an exceedingly strong reputation in Colorado, where he is noted for his "broad experience" in civil and criminal litigation. "He's just phenomenal," said a source.

Jeffrey Cohen is highly regarded and has tried a broad array of cases ranging from bankruptcy to commercial litigation.  

Real Estate - Colorado

What the team is known for Respected representation of clients in development projects, tax credits, financing, leasing, and the purchase and sale of properties. Strength in a range of sectors including retail and hospitality.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Beverly Quail handles a wide array of matters including acquisitions, leasings and refinancings. 

Chris Payne is particularly strong in real estate matters pertaining to the hotel and leisure sector. Sources say that he is "very smart and can take complex things, organize them and boil them down." 

Significant clients Breckenridge Grand Vacations.

Intellectual Property - Georgia

What the team is known for A particularly adept patent prosecution team, ably supported by a commended litigation group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A skilled team doing quality work."

Notable practitioners  

William Needle is a highly experienced intellectual property practitioner who earns particular client praise for his skill for strategy. He is active in patent prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks, as well as mediation.

Peers rate Larry Nodine as "a very good IP lawyer." He leads the firm's IP litigation practice, and specializes in complex patent disputes.

IP chair and patent group practice leader Mitch Katz focuses mainly on chemical, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology patent prosecution and counseling.

Charley Brown works extensively in both patent prosecution and litigation. He has a solid technical background in microbiology.

Significant clients Ohio State University, Ocean Nutrition Canada, Vanderbilt University.

Corporate/M&A - Maryland

What the team is known for Expert counsel relating to mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financing. Clients include life sciences companies, healthcare entities and REITs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very deep, technical bench." 

Work highlights Acted for Osiris Therapeutics on a variety of capital raising and financing transactions.

Represented Spirit Realty Capital in its merger with Cole Credit Property Trust II. The value of the combined company is estimated at $7.4 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Moran is considered "a real expert and a great resource for all matters of Maryland corporate law." He is experienced handling mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, and regularly represents investment banks, privately held companies and equity funds as well as REITs and life sciences entities.

Douglas Fox advises public and privately held companies on the life science and biotechnology sectors as well as acting for REITs. His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and trust law matters. 

Significant clients TESSCO, Mellott Company, HCP, Red Mortgage Capital, Kilroy Realty Corp, Astrum.

Real Estate - Maryland

What the team is known for Deep expertise in all aspects of real estate, including acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing and zoning. Also highly regarded for its experience in distressed properties, offering institutional lenders advice on restructurings and workouts. Operates domestically and internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very effective, cost-efficient and good at keeping on top of things."

"They have a very strong real estate practice." 

Work highlights Acted for Capmark Finance on the leasing and disposal of mixed-used development Towson Commons.

Acted for Monument Realty on the $17 million redevelopment of Montgomery Village Golf Course.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Pollak is "very smart and very experienced in matters of municipal finance," reveal market commentators. He concentrates on the financing of large, high-profile real estate projects and sports stadiums.

"Terrific lawyer" Raymond Truitt is noted for his expertise in leasing, commercial financing, restructuring and development. "He's a very smart guy," said one source.

The "very knowledgeable" Roger Winston is highly regarded for assisting lenders, investors and property developers with the restructuring, planning and development of mixed-use projects and condominiums.

Jon Laria, managing partner of the firm's Baltimore office, does a range of real estate work. Hailed as a "terrific zoning lawyer," he also handles transactional matters such as leasing, finance, acquisition and development.

Lila Shapiro-Cyr handles real estate financing, leasing, development and acquisitions, with a particular focus on shopping center and urban development. She also possesses notable expertise in mixed-finance affordable housing.

Significant clients Under Armour, The Carlyle Group, WV Urban Development, University of Maryland Medical System. 

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Maintains a huge reputation in the consumer finance arena, with a strong pool of talent in both regulatory compliance and litigation matters. Noted expertise pertaining to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), with particular specialties relating to the credit card and auto finance spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have taken a leadership role in providing resources to understand the changes in consumer finance regulations over the past four or five years."

"A terrific team." 

"It is one of the most knowledgeable firms in the areas that I work in."

Work highlights Successfully defended JPMorgan Chase in a putative class action alleging the bank's failure to provide post-repossession disclosures relating to auto finance.

Advised the Mortgage Bankers Association in relation to mortgage rulemaking by the CFPB.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Kaplinsky co-heads the firm's consumer financial services group and is widely considered to be one of the nation's most prominent consumer finance authorities. Sources attest that he is "very smart, very capable, and a very effective attorney in this field."

The "outstanding" Christopher Willis is noted for his representation of consumer finance clients in enforcement actions and litigation. In the words of one impressed interviewee, "he thinks about his clients. Not only does he have the answer, he has relevant caselaw. He can immediately translate that into what's a good practice for you."

Jeremy Rosenblum co-heads the team alongside Alan Kaplinsky, and is recognized for his prominence in consumer finance litigation. Market observers describe him as "a very fine attorney."

Richard Andreano is steadily developing a fine reputation in the consumer finance space, routinely advising clients in the mortgage space on regulatory compliance matters. Interviewees attest that he is "incredibly well regarded" within the mortgage industry.

The hugely experienced and "very talented" Stanley Mabbitt continues to win plaudits for a broad advisory practice that covers the mortgage, credit card and overdraft spaces.

Mark Furletti is an associate who is tipped for an impressive future by market observers. His area of focus is state and federal consumer lending laws.

Significant clients Bank of America, Discover Financial Services, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Sallie Mae.

Projects - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

REITs - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Baltimore.

What the team is known for Frequent choice to advise REITs on the Maryland corporation law elements of M&A, capital markets and financing transactions. Market sources praise the quality of the client service including the speedy turnaround times.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Having that wealth of experience and understanding of Maryland law proved an invaluable resource."

"They look at issues laterally and suggest solutions which allow us to move forward."

Work highlights Advised Silver Bay Realty Trust on its formation and subsequent $245 million IPO.

Advised Spirit Realty Capital on its $7.4 billion merger with Cole Credit Property Trust II.

Advised Realty Income on its $2.95 billion acquisition of American Realty Capital Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees have great admiration for Charles Moran, frequently citing his encyclopedic knowledge of his clients' businesses as well as Maryland law as key strengths. Clients say he "has a wealth of experience" and is a "consummate professional."

The "very knowledgeable and thoughtful" Douglas Fox advises REITs on Maryland corporate and trust law. Practice highlights include advising BRE Properties on a number of securities offerings.

Significant clients Excel Trust, HCP, Kilroy Realty, LTC Properties, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust.

Real Estate - Nevada

What the team is known for Standout team for land use and zoning work, benefiting from close ties with the firm's governmental affairs and policy practice. Also routinely called upon to handle all manner of real estate finance and transactions.

Work highlights Advised Dunhill Homes and the Tuscany Village Homeowners Association on the high-profile application to vacate Mohawk Drive.

Acted for Wyndham Vacation Ownership on time extension land use approvals.

Notable practitioners  

William Curran serves as the Las Vegas office's managing partner and is a well-known land use and zoning lawyer. "I have extraordinary respect for him: he is really thorough and methodical, and misses no details," notes one admiring source.

Significant clients Miracle Mile Shops, Elite Media, A-Cab Taxi Company, Chetak Development, New Capital Ventures.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Particularly noted for its handling of traditional labor matters, in addition to a respected employment law offering. Represents public and private employers in complex union negotiations and offers preventive counseling to clients dealing with a full range of employment law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are responsive and thoughtful in their approach, which is both collaborative and efficient."

Work highlights Represented DuPont as first outside counsel during union negotiations before the NLRB and appellate courts.

Notable practitioners  

Patricia Smith has a well-rounded practice and is adept at counseling her clients on employment issues. One source says: "She is easy to work with and is always available to assist with whatever issues present. Most importantly, her results are outstanding."

Steven Suflas is "well known and regarded in the state" and worked as the lead partner on matters for Dupont and the State of New Jersey over the past year.

Denise Keyser is a seasoned attorney with a vibrant labor practice. A client described her as a "very knowledgeable attorney who engages well with employees."

Significant clients American Red Cross, State of New Jersey, Penn National Gaming, Virtua Health.

Litigation - New Jersey

What the team is known for A respected option for advising clients on product liability and consumer finance matters with expertise in defending class actions. Areas of expertise include representing clients in the automotive and utilities sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They were committed, smart and prepared to work hard."

"They were very responsive." 

Work highlights Defended Kia Motors America in a class action regarding allegations of consumer fraud and breach of warranty due to alleged brake defects. This included a five-week trial and post-trial decertified damages claims litigation.

Notable practitioners  

 The “very smart and tactical” Neal Walters leads the firm's product liability and mass tort practice. He is adept at defending clients against claims of unfair trade practices and consumer fraud.

William DeSantis represents clients in a range of commercial litigation matters. One client said: “He did an outstanding job in the courtroom and is one of the best cross-examiners I have seen.”

John Kearney is a respected litigator with expertise in handling class actions. Sources praise his intelligent and committed approach to client service.

Significant clients DuPont,  Valero Energy, Takeda, Omnicare, Teleflex.  

Real Estate - New Jersey

What the team is known for Strong South Jersey practice highlighted for its work in redevelopment, housing, financing and land use matters. Transactional and zoning strength enhanced by notable tax and environmental capabilities. Also regularly handles distressed real estate work such as loan restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have been consistently good and responsive."

Work highlights Advised The Carlyle Group on a distressed condominium project involving the sale of the units and a transition from developer to owner control.

Represented The Morris Companies in a sale of two offices and an industrial building in Edison. The sales involved take-back financing and negotiations with Conrail.

Notable practitioners  

Barbara Casey is, according to one interviewee, "a force of nature who is probably the most efficient lawyer I know." She concentrates on transactional work as well as development and lending matters. Clients praise her ability to "get the whole business aspect of deals and come up with options if we are in sticky situations to get us to our end game."

Significant clients Alpine Resources, Rosewood Real Estate Enterprises, Majestic Realty, Deer Path Enterprises, Brahin Properties.  

Antitrust - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Full-service firm offering a wide range of antitrust services, including litigation and counseling. Extensive experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've done a real standout job. I like the way they operate as a team."

Work highlights Assisted GlaxoSmithKline with regard to a direct purchaser action and a related indirect purchaser action over an alleged conspiracy to violate antitrust laws, including the filing of a sham citizen petition.

Acted as counsel to Symphony Health Solutions in litigation alleging a rival's anticompetitive behavior in the pharmaceutical industry.

Notable practitioners  

Leslie John has recently represented GlaxoSmithKline in a number of litigation matters, and regularly counsels Albion Laboratories on antitrust elements of business transactions. According to clients, "she has real substantive knowledge but is also very practical."

Significant clients DuPont, Comcast, SIGMA, Lincoln Financial Group, Warner Chilcott.

Banking & Finance - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Offers high-level expertise in both consumer and public finance matters. Extensive knowledge of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issues. Attracts a high volume of work from banks and debtors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They are thorough and committed to business.” 

“A terrific financial services firm with a deep bench.”

Work highlights Assisted a number of financial associations in arranging and drafting arbitration agreements for use in consumer finance contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Carl Fridy is singled out as "a terrific lawyer" and heads the firm's transactional finance practice. Clients particularly praise his "attention to detail and meticulous review."

Alan Kaplinsky maintains an ever-increasing level of expertise in advising clients who are facing action from the CFPB. Sources in the market are particularly impressed by his "encyclopedic knowledge."

Steven Miller has a wealth of experience in commercial lending. He is praised for his professionalism, with clients asserting that he "puts everyone at ease."

Richard Perelman has a broad transactional finance practice. His clients note that he "provides very wide advice" and "really enjoys the details of law."

The "very smart" Jeremy Rosenblum is chair of the firm's consumer financial services group. He regularly represents clients in drafting consumer arbitration agreements.

Mark Furletti has a strong focus on regulatory matters and has a wealth of experience advising clients on CFPB matters.

Significant clients Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo Financial, Huntington National Bank.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for National firm expanding its regional practice for matters concerning financial restructuring. Focuses on representing secured and trade creditors and acquirers of assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their counsel has been very strategically and tactically sound. The relationship is very important – it's very open and honest both ways; a very positive partnership, very attentive."

Work highlights Acted for the main secured creditor, Alpine Bank, in relation to the bankruptcy proceedings of a four-course golf club in Aspen, Colorado.

Represented Scrubs & Beyond in the purchase of a debtor's assets in a stalking horse bid worth approximately $22 million.

Notable practitioners  

Vincent Marriott led the team representing Alpine Bank as secured creditor in a golf course's bankruptcy proceedings. He is well regarded by clients, who say he is "very bright and innovative."

Recent addition Rosetta Packer brings a strong regional practice to the team. She is praised for her strength as a workout attorney, and clients regard her as "a strong negotiator."

Significant clients Braxton Probate Group, Aronov Realty, UBS Realty Investors, The Autersky Group, The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Corporate/M&A - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A diverse midmarket M&A practice, representing large companies on investments and strategic deals. Extensive experience handling acquisitions for family-owned businesses and private equity funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They handle clients very well and produce good-quality work."

Work highlights Guided Sunoco Partners in two Sunoco Logistics debt offerings, totaling $700 million.

Worked with Triumph Group on several deals, including Triumph's purchase of Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems from United Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

The "very responsive and effective" Justin Klein represents a broad range of clients in securities and corporate governance matters. He is described as "an excellent lawyer and a pillar of the community."

Richard Braemer is highly regarded by his peers in the market and he also leaves a lasting impression on his clients, one of whom states: "He is one of the wisest attorneys I have met." He maintains a broad practice representing both buyers and sellers in M&A deals.

Greg Seltzer has worked closely with a number of life sciences and technology companies. He is noted as "very sharp and thorough" and has experience with transactions in the sports industry.

Brian Doerner acted on behalf of Alliance Holdings in connection with its purchase of Walker Magnetics Group. Clients appreciate that he "is very experienced and gives good, practical advice."

Craig Circosta guided Teleflex through the purchase of its OEM Orthopedics business by Tecomet. Commentators in the field find him to be "a problem solver and not a person who puts roadblocks on deals."

Significant clients E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Exelon, Penn National Gaming, Berwind, The Philadelphia Phillies.

Environment - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A diverse practice operating across a wide range of practice areas, with particular high-level expertise on air pollution control matters. Highly regarded for brownfield developments and contamination, as well as water and natural gas issues.

Work highlights Worked with Action Manufacturing Company in seeking a permit issue concerning the thermal treatment of hazardous waste.

Represented a number of energy companies as interveners in litigation challenging the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards regulations regarding air pollution from certain fossil fuel power plants.

Notable practitioners  

Brendan Collins focuses his practice on advising clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as electric power companies. He is singled out by his peers for his strength in litigation and recently represented a number of energy corporations in challenging certain EPA standards regarding air pollution from coal and oil power stations.

Robert McKinstry is praised by peers for his intellectual prowess, while his clients note that "he has a really broad understanding of the relevant issues." He has particular expertise on climate change and sustainable development matters.

Glenn Unterberger heads the environment and natural resources team and maintains a diverse practice, regularly advising clients on permitting and compliance matters. He has great experience handling environmental aspects of business and real estate transactions.

Harry Weiss is heavily involved in matters relating to the Marcellus and Utica Formations. He also devotes a significant amount of his practice to the redevelopment of contaminated sites and stormwater control.

Significant clients Exelon, JPMorgan Chase, Clean Energy Group, The Triumph Group, FMC Corporation.

Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Combines active patent prosecution with high-stakes IP litigation. Offers particular experience in handling IP licensing disputes for pharmaceutical companies, as well as significant trademark portfolios.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a lot of experience and thereby have developed good expertise in intellectual property matters."

"They litigate effectively but always with an eye toward doing what is in their clients' best interests."

Work highlights Guided Kenexa in a number of infringement cases relating to a patent for career locator technology.

Represented American Board of Internal Medicine in bringing two copyright infringement actions to court relating to the copying and distribution of examination questions.

Notable practitioners  

Lynn Rzonca is considered to be a "strong player" in the IP legal market and focuses her practice on patent trademark and trade secrets litigation.

Robert Baron is praised by clients for his abilities in the courtroom, with one noting: "He has good sense and judgment about litigation strategy" and "can work well with the opposing counsel to come up with a resolution that is effective and in his and everyone's clients' best interests." Baron has recently worked with Kenexa on a series of patent infringement cases.

Hara Jacobs led the firm's representation of the American Board of Internal Medicine in its copyright infringement litigation. She is held in high regard by clients, who state that "she is extremely knowledgeable, gives practical advice and is a staunch and effective advocate."

Significant clients L Brands, Applegate Farms.

Labor & Employment - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Well-renowned labor and employment practice, offering strength across traditional labor and employee benefits. Represents employers from a wide range of industries in matters such as wage and hour issues, grievance management and collective actions.

Work highlights Served as counsel to the City of Philadelphia in negotiations and a number of arbitration hearings with various unions.

Represented American Red Cross in the implementation of its employee benefit plans, and in litigation over unfair labor practice proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

John Langel focuses on employment litigation and has deep expertise in a variety of issues, most notably discrimination, breach of contract and unfair labor practices.

Kenneth Jarin is noted for his quality work with clients in the public sector. He represents both private and public employers in matters such as wage and hour disputes, contract negotiations and employment discrimination.

Brian Pedrow receives significant praise from clients, one of whom enthuses: "He is one of the most responsive outside counsel I have ever dealt with. He is always on top of things." Pedrow focuses on representing clients in litigation over a range of employment issues, including wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment, and torts.

David Fryman is well regarded by market peers and is active across a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters, including labor arbitrations, employee benefits litigation and restrictive covenants.

Shannon Farmer regularly represents American Red Cross in a variety of matters, including union negotiations, arbitrations and litigating unfair practice proceedings.

Edward Leeds focuses his practice on the design and implementation of health and welfare benefit plans to comply with state and federal regulations.

Brian Pinheiro represents Ricoh Americas in a range of employment-related matters, most notably in designing its benefit and 401(k) plans.

Daniel Johns has a diverse practice advising employers and management on work-based discrimination and harassment. He also handles ERISA litigation, trade secret claims and collective bargaining.

Significant clients Sunoco, Johnson & Johnson, Temple University, SEPTA, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

Litigation - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A strong reputation for litigation across a broad range of areas, handling, in particular, insurance, securities and consumer products class actions. A well-established group of litigators who can also provide expert insight into alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a group of highly ethical, diligent and very skilled lawyers."

Work highlights Represented NASDAQ OMX Group in defending against lawsuits claiming negligence and securities fraud alleged to have taken place during the launch of the Facebook IPO in May 2012.

Defended Chicago Title Insurance in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals against claims of breaching the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Notable practitioners  

David Pittinsky worked with Chicago Title Insurance in defending against allegations that it acted contrary to the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. He is well thought of by his peers, with one commentator noting that "he is a highly capable lawyer."

Norman Goldberger is described by one source as "one of the most brilliant tacticians I've ever encountered. He really has the ability to identify and prioritize the main issues in a case." He was recently part of the team that represented the Sunoco board of directors in defending against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty during a merger agreement.

Henry Hockeimer has an excellent reputation among his clients, one of whom states: "He is very thorough and balanced in his thought process and decision-making," with another adding: "He has superb judgment and tremendous substantive knowledge." He recently acted as lead counsel for former Traffic Court Administrative Judge Michael Sullivan in a case alleging that he illegally fixed traffic tickets.

Stephen Kastenberg recently defended NASDAQ OMX Group against claims of negligence and securities fraud during Facebook's IPO. "He is a very thoughtful and skilled litigator. He gets very good results and clients think highly of him," observes one commentator. 

Significant clients Harleysville Mutual Insurance, Lincoln National Insurance, NASDAQ OMX, Comcast Spectacor, Sunoco.

Real Estate - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A Pennsylvania powerhouse with a diverse client base, representing institutional lenders and multifamily companies in particular in major real estate transactions. Maintains a fine reputation for its development practice, assisting on multiuse projects for institutions such as hospitals and university systems, among other matters. Also fields a renowned team of zoning lawyers. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very professional and team-oriented, and respond to their clients' needs in a timely manner."

Work highlights Worked with Wexford Science & Technology on the development of a medical office and clinical research building in Philadelphia.

Acted for Major League Baseball and The Philadelphia Phillies on developing a baseball Urban Youth Academy at two locations in South Philadelphia.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Korb is praised by one of his peers for being "very smart, practical and easy to deal with," while another adds: "He has a reputation for being one of the preeminent condominium lawyers." Korb has a broad practice covering both real estate transactions and development.

Tina Makoulian is head of the firm's real estate development and complex transactions group. She is highlighted by one source as "a complete class act," with another stating that "she is very smart and very committed."

Mark DePillis was recently part of the team that worked with a joint venture of Southern Land Company and Redwood Capital Investment on the development of a 28-story mixed-use building. He is well regarded by clients, one of whom notes that "he is a very knowledgeable and practical lawyer: he knows when to push and when not to. He produces very high-quality work."

Michael Sklaroff is recognized not only for his real estate development expertise, but also for his extensive knowledge of zoning and land use law. He proves popular among clients, one of whom states: "He is one of the most creative, focused real estate lawyers, and knows how to integrate real estate with business." 

Neil Sklaroff worked with Radnor Property Group following its deal with the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral to develop five Cathedral-owned properties. "He is very thorough and diligent," comments one client.

Dominic De Simone leads the firm's real estate finance and capital markets group, and focuses on structuring and restructuring transactions, as well as distressed real estate matters.

Bart Mellits chairs the firm's real estate practice. He has recently represented Wexford Science & Technology in a number of matters, including the development of a medical office and clinical research building in Philadelphia, and in its merger with BioMed Realty Trust.

Alan Ritterband led the real estate team in representing Major League Baseball and The Philadelphia Phillies in establishing a baseball Urban Youth Academy in South Philadelphia. One source notes: "He is very talented and very smart, and wants to see his clients served well."

Matthew McClure handles both real estate development and zoning issues. His clients value his work ethic, asserting that "he is proactive – he anticipates pitfalls and helps our team avoid them, and is calm under pressure." Peers add that he is "smart, conscientious, and hard-working."

The "absolutely terrific" David Gifford has extensive experience of advising on a wide range of real estate transactions, leasing issues, and troubled projects workouts.

David Pollack focuses on representing landlords in bankruptcy proceedings and has extensive experience of commercial leasing matters.

Significant clients Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, Equus Capital Partners, Korman Company, Temple University, PNC Bank.

Corporate/M&A - Utah

What the team is known for Ably counsels clients on the international aspects of their business dealings. A strong track record in respect of financings, fund formation and venture capital matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been very dedicated to my company."

"They are very professional and did a good job." 

Work highlights Represented Canada-based Wholesale Sports USA on its sale of ten sports stores across the USA to private equity fund Alamo Group. The value of the sale, which also included Wholesale's outstanding equity, amounted to $53 million. 

Counseled Utah's Wasatch Pipeline Supply on the $200 million sale of assets to a private equity firm.

Notable practitioners  

David Rudd is praised for being a "good lawyer who handles the balance of negotiations very well." He represented Wholesale Sports USA in their sale of ten sports stores, and also advised Utah hedge fund Praesideo Management on its sale of assets to a New York-based hedge fund.

One client commented of Barbara Bagnasacco"She is very knowledgeable and connected. She understands our business, which is not that easy." Fluent in Italian and French, she is acknowledged for her international expertise. Recent work includes guiding Utah-based manufacturer ENVE Composites on the international expansion of its business.

Significant clients Progressive Finance, Utah Fund of Funds, Western Petroleum, New Horizon Minerals, 1-800 Contacts, C7 Data Centers.

Real Estate - Utah

What the team is known for Identified for its expertise across all aspects of real estate, particularly in the resorts and hospitality spaces. Combines effectively with other Ballard Spahr offices to offer clients national services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A good office here and a major national force, with East Coast capability.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Bennett is noted by sources as a "strong, effective lawyer" who is known for his work in guiding clients through the acquisition and development of properties, including condominiums and planned communities. 

Steven Peterson is respected as a "really good attorney who upholds the highest ethical standards." He enjoys a national reputation for his resort and hospitality practice.