About The Firm
Responsiveness counts. That's what clients tell us, and that's what we're known for. It shows in everything we do: devising forward-thinking solutions to get the best results, respecting and meeting clients' service needs, anticipating the impact of national events and legal developments on clients' interests, and taking action to keep clients agile and informed.
With more than 600 attorneys in 15 offices, we can respond wherever and whenever our clients need us. We provide results-driven counsel and exceptional service in Business and Transactions, Finance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Real Estate.
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Rankings and Recognition
97 attorneys and 46 practices recognized for excellence
Chambers USA, 2021
Top-Tier National Practices
26 practices ranked in the highest tier nationally
Best Law Firms, 2021
A Leading U.S. Firm for Women
Recognized for our high percentage of female partners
Law 360 Glass Ceiling Report, 2020-2021
Rethinking the Workplace
Innovation Award Winner
Financial Times, 2020
Ballard Spahr traces its origins to 1885 and became known as "Ballard and Spahr" in the early 1900s when Ellis Ames Ballard and Boyd Lee Spahr began practicing law together. Since then, the firm has grown by number of attorneys, practices, and offices throughout the United States.
1885 | Ellis Ames Ballard joins a law firm led by Rufus E. Shapley in Philadelphia.
1904 | Boyd Lee Spahr joins Shapley & Ballard.
1919 | Ballard Spahr and Andrews is established.
1920 | R. Sturgis Ingersoll joins the practice.
c. late '20s/early '30s | The firm's name becomes Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.
1978 | The Washington, D.C., office opens as the firm's first office outside Philadelphia.
1981 | Peter Mattoon becomes firm Chair.
1981 | The firm opens its Denver office, laying the foundation for growth in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions.
1987 | The Salt Lake City office opens, the firm's second office in the West.
1992 | The firm establishes an office in Baltimore to further expand its core practices.
1992 | The New Jersey office opens, extending the firm's Mid-Atlantic reach.
1998 | David L. Cohen becomes firm Chair.
2002 | Arthur Makadon becomes firm Chair.
2002 | The firm opens an office in Delaware, which extends the firm's Mid-Atlantic footprint.
2006 | To serve clients in the hospitality, gaming, and energy industries, the firm opens its Las Vegas office.
2006 | The Phoenix office opens to expand the firm's key practices in the West.
2007 | To fuel further national expansion, the firm establishes an office in Los Angeles.
2008 | The firm acquires Needle & Rosenberg, P.C., an intellectual property boutique firm in Atlanta, expanding the firm's IP services and establishing a foothold in the Southeast.
2009 | The firm's name officially changes to Ballard Spahr LLP.
2011 | Mark Stewart becomes firm Chair.
2013 | The firm opens an office in New York City, joining with Stillman & Friedman, a noted white collar defense and securities litigation and enforcement boutique. The partnership marks the 14th office for Ballard Spahr.
2017 | The firm opens an office in Boulder, Colorado—a hub for innovation and entrepreneurial leadership—with the addition of a group of attorneys focused on corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, and strategic transactional matters.
2017 | The firm merges with preeminent First Amendment litigation boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, bolstering our national media and entertainment law practice.
2018 | Ballard Spahr merges with Lindquist & Vennum, a leader in middle-market deal making. The combination strengthens practice capabilities, particularly in the areas of private equity and strategic M&A transactions, and gives the firm new offices in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, SD, and an expanded presence in Denver. Ballard Spahr now has more than 600 lawyers in 15 offices nationwide.
Ballard Spahr has heart. Our commitment to community can be measured in big ways and small. In the thousands of hours of pro bono service we perform each year and the winter coats we collect for the poor. In our sponsorship of an inner-city high school whose students aspire to careers in the law and our work helping aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses. Being a good neighbor means saying yes to endeavors that can benefit a community or make a difference in a life. Like many of the clients we represent, we consider it a duty and an honor to answer the call to citizenship.
Show us a need and we will pull together to help meet it, from donating to local school-supply drives to pitching in on such high-impact, hands-on endeavors as Habitat for Humanity and the MLK Day of Service. Here is a sampling of other ways in which we contribute to the well-being of our communities:
- In Atlanta, attorneys and staff nominate local organizations to benefit from the office's Jeans Day for Charity.
- We work the conveyor belt at the Maryland Food Bank and collect toys, school supplies, and clothing for Dayspring Programs, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless children and their families in the Baltimore area.
- In Delaware, lawyers and staff, along with family members, serve at the New Castle County Food Bank sorting and counting food available for the needy in New Castle County.
- Our Denver attorneys and staff donate to school supply drives in conjunction with the local bar association and to the Fall Food Drive to benefit local food banks. We also organize a successful coat drive every year.
- Lawyers and staff in our Las Vegas office serve meals to the homeless at the St. Vincent DePaul Dining Facility.
- In Los Angeles, we adopted Woodrow Wilson High School.
- In Minneapolis, we conduct an annual winter coat drive. Since 1992, we have collected and distributed thousands of coats to people in need.
- In New Jersey, we donate to the Camden County Food Bank and serve in the kitchen to mark Martin Luther King's birthday. We also collect backpacks, warm coats, used toners, pajamas, clothing, and books for various local organizations. Our five-dollar Jeans Day raises money for a different charity every month and our Lee Denim Day benefits the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
- Our New York staff members have supported reading programs, soup kitchens, park conservation programs, a humanitarian organization providing disaster relief and financial aid, for the homeless of New York City and surrounding suburbs. We collect clothing and slightly used books for Housing Works, and donations for Columbia Community Services, organizations that provide support to less fortunate residents of the city.
- Our attorneys and staff meet weekly to read one-on-one with public school children through the Philadelphia Reads Program.
- In Phoenix, our bowl-a-thon benefits Angels for Athletes and our book drives assist Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a charter school for third- to 12th-graders.
- In Sioux Falls, our attorneys and staff partner with Rake the Town to help senior citizens with their fall yard work.
- We participate in Utah State Bar-sponsored campaigns to collect food for the Utah Food Bank and winter coats for the homeless. As part of an office First Friday service initiative, we also work with the Homeless Youth Resource Center.
- In Washington, D.C., we organize monthly dinners at Lazarus House of Samaritan Inns, a residential housing and rehabilitation facility. Additionally, the office organizes events throughout the year, such as food drives for Capital Area Food Bank, a household goods and coat collections for A Wider Circle, and healthy after-school snack kits for D.C. Central Kitchen.
One of the most meaningful contributions our attorneys make to their communities is to devote their energy and experience to service on the boards of local, regional, and national organizations. As elected or appointed members of these decision-making bodies, they are in a position to guide and garner financial support for groups with a wide variety of business purposes and laudable goals, from arts enrichment to juvenile justice. Through their service, our attorneys have helped to advance the work of organizations committed to childhood cancer, gender equality, health care, historic preservation, higher education, urban living, technological innovation, youth recreation, and animal welfare. They serve on the boards of transportation authorities, governmental entities, corporations, and educational and civic institutions. It is a great source of pride for us that our attorneys excel both at serving clients and serving their communities.