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The Legal 500 Names 16 Ballard Spahr Practices and 60 Lawyers to U.S. 2021 Recommendations

June 22, 2021

Sixteen Ballard Spahr practice areas have been recognized for national strength by The Legal 500 for 2021. The recognition includes top-tier designation for the firm's work in municipal bankruptcy.

The annual guide to the legal profession also lists 60 Ballard Spahr attorneys as recommended nationally in their areas of practice. Three Ballard Spahr attorneys were named “Leading Lawyers”: Greg Seltzer in M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m); Brian Pinheiro in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation; and Bill Rhodes in Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) – Municipal.

The Ballard Spahr practice areas recognized by The Legal 500 for 2021 are:

• Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense
• Dispute Resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action - Automotive/Transport - Defense
• Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design
• Finance - Financial Services Regulation
• Finance - Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) - Municipal
• Fintech
• Industry Focus - Energy: Renewable/Alternative
• M&A/Corporate and Commercial - M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)
• Media and Entertainment: Litigation
• Project Finance: Advice to Lenders
• Project Finance: Advice to Sponsors
• Real Estate - Land Use/Zoning
• Real Estate - Real Estate
• Real Estate - Real Estate Finance
• Real Estate - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
• Securities Litigation: Defense

The Ballard Spahr attorneys recognized by The Legal 500 for 2021 are:

Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Action - Defense

• Jason Leckerman
• Leslie John
• Stephen Kastenberg

Dispute Resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action - Automotive/Transport

• Casey Watkins
• Neal Walters
• Roberto Rivera-Soto

Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design

• Brian Pinheiro
• Edward Leeds
• Jessica DuBois

Finance - Financial Services Regulation

• Alan Kaplinsky
• Christopher Willis
• Jeremy Rosenblum
• John Culhane
• Mark Furletti
• Richard Andreano

Finance - Project Finance

• Bruce Johnson
• Dirk Michels
• Katie Leesman
• Matt Vantusko
• Patrick Gillard
• Raymond Faricy
• Steve T. Park

Finance - Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) - Municipal

• Kimberly Magrini
• Vincent Marriott
• Bill Rhodes

Fintech

• James Kim
• Kim Phan
• Peter Jaslow
• Ronald Vaske

Industry Focus - Energy: Renewable/Alternative

• Bruce Johnson
• Dirk Michels
• Katie Leesman
• Matt Vantusko
• Patrick Gillard
• Raymond Faricy

M&A/Corporate and Commercial - M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)

• Brian Doerner
• Gregory Seltzer
• Karen McConnell
• Maggie Tatton

Media and Entertainment: Litigation

• Chad Bowman
• Charles Tobin
• Jay Ward Brown
• Leita Walker
• Seth Berlin

Real Estate - Land Use/Zoning

• David Gest
• James Walston
• Matt McClure
• Thomas Bennett

Real Estate - Real Estate

• Bart Mellits
• Christopher Payne
• Dominic De Simone
• Kelly Wrenn
• Mary Jo George
• Nicole Evans
• Roger Winston
• Thomas Hauser
• Tina Makoulian

Real Estate - Real Estate Finance

• Bart Mellits
• Christopher Payne
• Dominic De Simone
• Emilie Ninan
• Kelly Wrenn
• Siobhan O'Donnell
• Thomas Hauser

Real Estate - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

• Charles Moran
• Craig Ganz
• Douglas Fox
• Thomas Bashore II
• Wendi Kotzen

Securities Litigation: Defense

• David Axelrod
• Norman Goldberger

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