Awards and Rankings

Chambers USA Names 97 Ballard Spahr Leading Lawyers and 46 Practices for 2021

May 19, 2021

Ninety-seven Ballard Spahr attorneys and 46 practices have been recognized for excellence by Chambers USA in its 2021 rankings, released today.

Ballard Spahr is ranked in the highest band (Band 1) nationwide for First Amendment Litigation, further solidifying its status as one of the preeminent First Amendment firms in the country.

The firm is also one of only three firms ranked in Band 1 nationwide for Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) and Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). The firm's Consumer Financial Services (CFS) practice also earned Band 1 ranking in a new category this year, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Enforcement & Investigations). Together, these rankings demonstrate the strength of the firm’s powerhouse CFS practice, with more than 80 lawyers across the country. The CFS Group has been ranked in Band 1 every year since Chambers USA introduced a national category for consumer finance.

Ballard Spahr also is ranked nationally in Political Law, Projects: PPP, Retail, Real Estate, and for its work as Maryland Counsel for REITs. These rankings reflect the firm's key role in advising and representing clients on political and public policy matters as well as financing and construction of major real estate projects.

In the state categories, Ballard Spahr is ranked in Band 1 in Pennsylvania for Banking & Finance; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Litigation: Securities; Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Real Estate; and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use; as well as in Maryland for Real Estate. The firm's elite crew of media lawyers and First Amendment litigators was recognized with a Band 1 ranking in Washington, D.C., for Media & Entertainment.

The 97 recognized Ballard Spahr attorneys are listed below.

Chambers USA annual rankings are compiled through client interviews, peer reviews, and independent research. The rankings reflect criteria considered most valued by clients, including legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, and value.

Ballard Spahr 2021 Chambers USA Leading Practices

National

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Enforcement & Investigations)

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation)

First Amendment Litigation

Political Law

Projects: PPP

Real Estate

REITs: Maryland Counsel

Retail

Arizona

Corporate/M&A

Environment

Labor & Employment

Colorado

Corporate/M&A

Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate

Delaware

Chancery

District of Columbia

Media & Entertainment

Real Estate

Georgia

Intellectual Property

Maryland

Corporate/M&A

Real Estate

Minnesota

Corporate/M&A

Real Estate

New Jersey

Labor & Employment

Litigation: Product Liability

New York

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation

Pennsylvania

Antitrust

Banking & Finance

Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Environment

Intellectual Property

Labor & Employment

Litigation: General Commercial

Litigation: Securities

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Real Estate

Real Estate: Finance

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Tax

South Dakota

Corporate/Commercial

Utah

Corporate/M&A

Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate

Ballard Spahr 2021 Chambers USA Leading Lawyers

Business and Transactions

Richard J. Andreano, Jr., Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Compliance (Nationwide); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Enforcement & Investigations (Nationwide)

Amy Arndt, Corporate/Commercial (South Dakota)

Jay Coogan, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania)

John L. Culhane, Jr., Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Compliance (Nationwide); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Enforcement & Investigations (Nationwide); Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania)

Brian D. Doerner, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania)

Douglas M. Fox, REITs: Maryland Counsel (Nationwide); Corporate/M&A (Maryland)

Mark J. Furletti, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Compliance (Nationwide); Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania)

Gerald J. Guarcini, Corporate/M&A: Securities (Pennsylvania)

Alan S. Kaplinsky, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Compliance (Nationwide); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Enforcement & Investigations (Nationwide); Banking and Finance, Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania)

James Kim, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Enforcement & Investigations (Nationwide)

Robert C. Kim, Corporate/Commercial (Nevada)

Justin P. Klein, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania); Corporate/M&A: Securities (Pennsylvania) 

Edward I. Leeds, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Pennsylvania)

Karen C. McConnell, Corporate/M&A (Arizona)

Charles R. Moran, REITs: Maryland Counsel (Nationwide); Corporate/M&A (Maryland)

Brian M. Pinheiro, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Pennsylvania)

Todd A. Reece, Corporate/M&A (Utah)

Jeremy T. Rosenblum, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Compliance (Nationwide); Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory (Pennsylvania)

Gregory L. Seltzer, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pennsylvania)

Robert E. Tunheim, Corporate/M&A (Minnesota)

Finance

Alicia Clark, Real Estate (Colorado)

Dominic J. De Simone, Real Estate: Finance (Pennsylvania)

Anuj Goswami, Banking & Finance, (Pennsylvania)

Thomas A. Hauser, Real Estate (Maryland)

Steven M. Miller, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)

Rosetta B. Packer, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Pennsylvania)

Richard S. Perelman, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)

Steve T. Park, Projects: PPP (Nationwide)

Jennifer Santangelo, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)

John P. Smolen, “Up and Coming,” Projects: PPP (Nationwide)

Maulin Vidwans, Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)

Intellectual Property

Lawrence K. Nodine, Intellectual Property (Georgia)

Lynn E. Rzonca, Intellectual Property (Pennsylvania)

Kenneth H. Sonnenfeld, Intellectual Property: Patent (New York)

Litigation

David J. Armstrong, Environment (Arizona)

David L. Axelrod, Litigation: Securities (Pennsylvania)

Kate A. Belinski, Political Law (Nationwide)

Seth D. Berlin, Media & Entertainment (District of Columbia)

David J. Bodney, First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide)

Jason D. Boren, Litigation: General Commercial (Utah)

Chad R. Bowman, Media & Entertainment (District of Columbia)

Jay Ward Brown, First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide); Media & Entertainment (District of Columbia)

Brendan K. Collins, Environment (Pennsylvania)

Shannon D. Farmer, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)

Jay N. Fastow, Antitrust (New York): Antitrust: Mainly Plaintiff (New York)

Daniel R. Fritz, Litigation: General Commercial (South Dakota)

David S. Fryman, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)

Mark R. Gaylord, Litigation: General Commercial (Utah)

M. Norman Goldberger, Litigation: Securities (Pennsylvania)

John C. Grugan, Litigation: Securities (Pennsylvania)

Peter D. Hardy, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Pennsylvania)

Leslie C. Heilman, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Pennsylvania)

Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Pennsylvania)

Kenneth M. Jarin, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)

Timothy W. Jenkins, Political Law (Nationwide)

Leslie E. John, Antitrust (Delaware)

Stephen J. Kastenberg, Antitrust; Litigation: General Commercial (Pennsylvania)

Denise M. Keyser, Labor & Employment (New Jersey)

Mark Kokanovich, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Arizona)

Jason A. Leckerman, Antitrust (Pennsylvania)

David J. Margules, Chancery (Delaware)

Vincent J. Marriott III, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Pennsylvania)

James A. Mitchell, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)

Brian D. Pedrow, Labor & Employment (Pennsylvania)

Marjorie J. Peerce, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)

Louis P. Petrich, Media & Entertainment: Litigation (California)

Andrew J. Petrie, Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado)

David H. Pittinsky, Litigation: General Commercial (Pennsylvania)

Edward D. Rogers, Antitrust (Pennsylvania)

David A. Schulz, First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide); Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation (New York)

Elizabeth A. Sloan, Chancery (Delaware)

Charles A. Stillman, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)

Ronald J. Stolkin, Labor & Employment (Arizona)

Steven W. Suflas, Labor & Employment (Colorado)

Michael D. Sullivan, First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide); Media & Entertainment (District of Columbia)

Charles D. Tobin, First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide); Media & Entertainment (District of Columbia)

Neal Walters, Litigation: Product Liability (New Jersey)

Harry Weiss, Environment (Pennsylvania)

Christopher J. Willis, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Litigation (Nationwide); Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Enforcement & Investigations (Nationwide)

Jay A. Zweig, Labor & Employment (Arizona)

Real Estate

Thomas G. Bennett, Real Estate (Utah)

Nicole C. Evans, Real Estate (Utah)

Wendi L. Kotzen, Tax (Pennsylvania)

Laura L. Krenz, Real Estate (Minnesota)

Jon M. Laria, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Maryland)

Tina R. Makoulian, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)

Matthew N. McClure, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Pennsylvania)

Bart I. Mellits, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)

Christopher W. Payne, Real Estate: Hotels & Leisure (Colorado)

Mark Pollak, Real Estate (Maryland)

Alan S. Ritterband, Real Estate (Pennsylvania)

Michael Sklaroff, Real Estate (Pennsylvania); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Pennsylvania)

Raymond G. Truitt, Real Estate (Maryland)

James R. Walston, Real Estate (Minnesota)

Roger D. Winston, Real Estate (District of Columbia)

Additional Leading Lawyers

Ashley E. DeLuca, “Associates to Watch,” Real Estate (Pennsylvania)

Brad Gershel, “Associates to Watch,” Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)

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