Mary Cate Gordon, an attorney with Ballard Spahr in the firm's New Jersey office, has been named by the New Jersey Law Journal as a "New Leader of the Bar" in recognition of her accomplishments in the practice of law, service to the community, and advancement of the legal profession.

For its New Leaders of the Bar awards, the New Jersey Law Journal selects the top attorneys under age 40 in the state, "representing the future of the legal profession in New Jersey."

"I'm honored to be recognized among this group of outstanding attorneys," Ms. Gordon said.

Ms. Gordon, along with other recipients of New Leaders of the Bar and additional Law Journal professional excellence awards, will be honored at a June 20 event at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.

"We in Ballard Spahr's New Jersey office and throughout the firm are so proud and pleased to see Mary Cate receive this well-deserved recognition," said John B. Kearney, New Jersey office Managing Partner. "She is a terrific lawyer and a terrific person. She has proven herself to be equally effective at helping clients achieve their business goals and making a difference in the community and for people in need."

An associate in Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Practice Group, Ms. Gordon has consistently achieved outstanding results for clients—including nationally and internationally prominent companies—in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has well-rounded experience and knowledge in litigation and other aspects of practice, making her a strong adviser on all facets of labor and employment law, including trade secret and non-compete matters, labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, training of personnel, and negotiation of agreements and contracts.

"Mary Cate represents her clients with assurance, skill, and integrity," said Brian D. Pedrow, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group. "She has gained the confidence not only of clients, but also colleagues and courts—as well as the respect of her adversaries—through her knowledge of facts and law and her effectiveness in relating with people, from company executives to judges to opposing counsel."

Highly active in civic and community organizations and causes, Ms. Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Equality Forum, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and advance LGBTQ civil rights. She also performs extensive pro bono work through the Mazzoni Center, representing transgender individuals, including youths, in name-change petitions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania so their legal names correspond to their gender identity.

Ms. Gordon also played an integral role in Ballard Spahr's pro bono representation of the U.S. national women's ice hockey team in negotiations earlier this year that led to a historic contract for increased wages and support—a gender equity issue that drew worldwide backing for the women and global media coverage.

Ms. Gordon also serves as an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she teaches courses on health care law, legislation, policy, health, and vulnerable populations, and at the University of the Sciences, also in Philadelphia, where she teaches about health care law.