Awards and Rankings

Ballard Spahr, Nine Intellectual Property Attorneys Named to Managing IP's List of IP Stars 2023

June 6, 2023

Ballard Spahr’s Intellectual Property department and nine of its IP attorneys have been recognized for excellence in the 2023 edition of Managing IP’s IP Stars rankings.

Ballard Spahr as a firm was ranked Highly Recommended in both Pennsylvania and Georgia. Firms with this ranking “tend to have a leading reputation or [significant skill] in the relevant practice area, long-established practitioners, and a varied portfolio of work,” according to Managing IP.

The individual attorneys recognized as IP Stars – indicating they are “very experienced senior IP practitioners in private practice who have been recommended by peers and/or clients or are integral to the success of their firm” – are:

Robert R. Baron, Jr., Patent Star – Pennsylvania, United States (National)

Margaret “Peg” Bolce Brivanlou, Ph.D., Patent Star – New York, United States (National

Caryn Borg-Breen, Ph.D., Patent Star – Illinois, Pennsylvania, United States (National)

Hara K. Jacobs, Trademark Star – Pennsylvania, United States (National)

Scott D. Marty, Ph.D., Patent Star – United States (National)

Lynn E. Rzonca, Patent Star and Trademark Star – Pennsylvania, United States (National)

D. Brian Shortell, Ph.D., Patent Star – United States (National)

Susan A. Smith, Patent Star and Trademark Star – District of Columbia, United States (National)

Kenneth H. Sonnenfeld, Ph.D., Patent Star – New York, United States (National)

To compile the IP Stars ranking, Managing IP research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners, and their clients through six months of interviews, emails, and online surveys. The analysts also conduct independent research, including an analysis of publicly available information and the existing data Managing IP holds on firms. To learn more about its process, please visit the IP Stars methodology page.

For media inquiries, please contact Will Ashenmacher at 612.371.5792.

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