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Ballard Spahr LLP


7 ranked lawyersBand 2PennsylvaniaUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Respected practice with an experienced bench of litigators, excelling in high-stakes general commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Adept at representing clients in securities class actions. Acts for a distinguished roster of clients across a diverse range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals.


"The firm is very capable at all levels," reports one source, continuing: "It's a full-service firm with a deep bench of very capable lawyers."

A client says: "They're very responsive experts in their field who are thorough in their examination and investigations, and easy to communicate with."

"Ballard Spahr is a great firm," confirms another source.

Work highlights

Acted for GlaxoSmithKline in defense of a RICO Act case alleging fraud on the basis of selling defective drugs.

Acted for the head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Local 98 in defense of allegations of embezzlement, wire fraud and theft.

Continued to defend USA Technologies against putative class actions under the Securities and Securities Exchange Acts.

Notable practitioners

David Axelrod is noted for his expertise advising both companies and individuals facing external investigations and proceedings by organizations such as the SEC and DOJ. He is also noted for his civil litigation capabilities.
"He's smart, fair and reasonable. A real advocate for his clients." "He's super smart. I'm impressed by his sense of strategy."

David Pittinsky maintains his standing as a leading lawyer in the market. He regularly undertakes work on a range of commercial disputes including antitrust, breach of contract and ERISA-related litigation.
"He's a first-rate, high-quality lawyer." "He's very smart, very quick and has good analytical skills." "He's very experienced and skilled."

Henry Hockeimer heads the firm's white-collar defense and internal investigations group. He is highly sought after for his work in representing individuals and corporations in matters such as criminal investigations and whistleblowing-related matters.
"He's an excellent partner. I appreciate his thorough work and he is an expert in his field." "He's an outstanding lawyer."

John Grugan acts for companies in enforcement proceedings and significant investigations, both internal and external. He provides additional expertise in class action litigation.

Norman Goldberger comes recommended as a leading civil litigator. His multifaceted commercial practice includes securities and derivatives disputes, as well as advice on investigations.
"He's very capable and has sound judgment. He works very efficiently from a client's perspective." "You need someone with fine judgment and his is second to none." "Norman Goldberger is certainly a leading practitioner."

Peter Hardy is particularly active on behalf of banks in white-collar litigation. He is noted for his expertise in areas such as fraud, money laundering and tax.
"He's fantastic, I think the world of him. He takes care of his clients, is very thoughtful and gives practical advice." "He is probably the best-known person in the Philadelphia tax market when it comes to criminal tax investigations."

Stephen Kastenberg is a distinguished attorney who offers pharmaceutical companies counsel on an array of commercial issues such as antitrust and corporate governance. He also has experience handling RICO cases.
"He is a brilliant big case lawyer." "He is very capable."

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With more than 250 attorneys in 15 offices nationwide, Ballard Spahr’s top-flight litigation practice is the firm's largest. It draws from a deep bench of skilled and experienced litigators who vigorously represent clients around the country in a wide range of civil, criminal, and administrative matters.

Our Pennsylvania litigation practice draws from a deep bench of talented litigators to represent clients in cases ranging from securities class actions and contractual disputes to white collar defense and federal and state appeals. What distinguishes our submission is not just the fact that we handled top-tier cases for industry-leading clients. It’s not simply that our matters demonstrate a strong and varied bench of litigation talent, an impressive range of skill, and a demonstrated ability to innovate. What sets the Ballard submission apart is that we are not putting forward a single matter that wasn’t handled entirely by Pennsylvania litigators.

Our approach to litigation is simple and pragmatic—and it begins by identifying what success means to the client. Sometimes victory means a trial win. Other times, it means an advantageous and creative settlement or use of alternative dispute resolution. Our litigators have the skill and experience to lay out the options, create a winning strategy, and go the distance.


Ballard Spahr LLP


1735 Market Street

51st Floor




PA 19103-7599

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: Securities

David Axelrod
Band 2
John Grugan
Band 2
M Norman Goldberger
Band 1

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Henry E Hockeimer Jr
Band 1
Peter Hardy
Band 3
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds

Litigation: General Commercial

David H Pittinsky
Senior Statespeople

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