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Ballard Spahr LLP

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Chairman: Mark Stewart
Number of partners: 262

Firm Overview:
Ballard Spahr is a national firm with 15 offices. Attorneys provide counseling and advocacy in more than 50 practice areas. The firm’s mission: to provide nothing less than excellence in every legal representation.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business & Finance:
Attorneys in the business and finance department design strategies, share insights, and assist clients in realizing their goals in a wide array of sectors. The firm’s M&A lawyers structure, negotiate, and close transactions, and its securities attorneys advise on capital-raising activities and compliance with public reporting and proxy obligations. The firm’s consumer financial services group advises on regulatory matters, assists in the design and documentation of credit products, and represents clients in class action and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Privacy and data security attorneys identify potential vulnerabilities and create protective compliance policies and procedures. Employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers help design and implement benefits packages that comply with applicable regulatory requirements. The energy and project finance group handles the development, acquisition, and financing of energy assets — from traditional means of generating electricity to cutting-edge, renewable resource mechanisms — and helps clients meet regulatory compliance considerations. Dealmakers turn to the firm’s private equity attorneys for knowledge of the unique issues and complexities inherent in designing and effectuating private equity transactions.

Intellectual Property:
The department counsels clients on developing, commercializing, enforcing, and defending their intellectual property assets. The firm provides a full range of services, including assisting with patent procurement and licensing, protection of patent, trademark, and copyright portfolios, and developing strong brands. It brings protective actions for clients’ property in the United States and globally. The firm’s team of more than 50 attorneys and professionals has the experience, resources, and versatility to handle the most complex IP issues. Its IP litigators try complex, high-stakes cases involving cutting-edge technologies for clients across industries in jurisdictions nationwide and before the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards.

Litigation is the firm’s largest department, with more than 260 attorneys in 15 offices nationwide. Commercial litigators handle disputes involving breach of contract and UCC-related matters; unfair competition; business torts; breach of fiduciary duty; fraud; antitrust and securities laws; class actions; corporate governance; real estate litigation and transactions; construction claims; lending and finance agreements; contracts for business sales or acquisitions; privacy and data security; trade secrets and other IP matters; wealth-management issues; and product liability, insurance, professional liability, and civil rights claims. Labor and employment attorneys handle discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and issues involving FMLA, ERISA, and wage-and-hour matters. White collar attorneys conduct internal investigations and represent clients facing government enforcement, and handle matters involving FCA, AML/BSA, and FCPA issues. Environmental attorneys represent clients in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings and advise on national and regional compliance, permitting, rulemaking, development, and contamination matters, with a focus on climate change and sustainability. Bankruptcy attorneys handle corporate restructurings, municipal insolvencies, Chapter 11 creditor and debtor matters, distressed real estate, and M&A. Government relations attorneys help clients effectively interact with government entities and advise on regulatory, administrative, and legislative matters. The firm’s media and entertainment attorneys counsel and litigate on behalf of content providers in nearly every kind of media.

Public Finance:
Ballard Spahr has one of the premier public finance practices in the country. It has participated in the issuance of more than $1 trillion in tax-exempt obligations in every US state and territory. The group’s work has paved the way for innovative projects that power American cities; finance schools, hospitals, and public housing developments; and make complex, critically needed infrastructure projects possible. Over 60 years, the firm has sat on every side of the negotiating table and handled every facet of the deal. Nationally recognized since 1958 by The Bond Buyer, and named US News & World Report’s ‘2017 Public Finance Law Firm of the Year.’ #FinancingTheFuture

Real Estate:
The real estate department, with almost 130 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 an array of loan transactions and distressed real estate deals. The resort, hospitality and timeshare group advises on complex projects across a range of industry investment, including project financing, ground-up construction, hotel development, management and repositioning, mixed-use, and first-to-market timeshare products. 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.